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Lead for Specialist Psychological Therapies

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year per annum pro rata Inc HCA
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Lead for Specialist Psychological Therapies

We are seeking to appoint a Lead for Specialist Psychological Therapies within our Specialist Psychotherapy Service in City & Hackney, which provides a range of specialist treatments in secondary care for people who have had long-standing difficulties in relation to anxiety, mood, and/or experiences of trauma and/or in establishing fulfilling relationships. This is part of a job share with the existing part of the role and we are looking for someone to commit to 22.5 hours per week. We are looking for an experienced psychological therapist (Registered Psychotherapist, Applied Psychologist), who has delivered psychological treatments within a complex healthcare setting, and who can lead on the co-ordination and development of the specialist modality-specific treatments offered within our secondary care specialist psychotherapy service.

The post-holder will have experience in providing effective treatments to clients within a secondary care setting, presenting with complex, long-standing and often comorbid psychological and emotional difficulties. They will have experience of overseeing the delivery of psychological treatment pathways, ensuring a secure supervision, CPD and management structure for substantive and honorary staff across the specialist modality treatment pathways.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder is responsible for leading on the co-ordination and development of the specialist modality-specific treatments offered by SPS, providing line management supervision to the Senior Leads for Trauma-Focussed and Relationally-Focussed Psychotherapies.
  • The post holder is responsible for the co-ordination of learning opportunities for honorary psychotherapists, practitioners and trainees of various disciplines, ensuring that the governance and infrastructure for supporting honorary placements within SPS is maintained.
  • In collaboration with the SPS Senior Management Team and the Psychological Therapies Operational Management Group, the post holder is responsible for co-ordinating and developing a CPD and academic learning programme for psychological therapists.
  • In collaboration with the SPS Senior Management Team and the Psychological Therapies Operational Management Group, the post holder will assist in the novel adaptation of modality-specific interventions to meet the varying needs of individuals and communities served within the neighbourhoods.

  • About us

    Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

    Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
    • Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or equivalent accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • Have an NHS Core Profession (Nurse, Allied Health Profession, Medical Doctor, Social Worker) or demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes.
    • Have completed a minimum of one year of recognised full-time (or equivalent part-time) psychological therapy or counselling training leading to a qualification, certification or accreditation recognised by a relevant professional or regulatory body plus relevant specialist short courses.
    • Have completed an equivalent training abroad as recognised by NARIC and written and oral English sufficient for their work
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • Models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies, three or more supervised clinical placements (including lifespan developmental psychology and mental health specialisms) and research skills.
    • Clinical supervision training for doctoral clinical /counselling psychology trainees.
    • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    • Registered by a body overseen or accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
    • Membership of UKCP/BPC/BABCP.
    Experience Essential
    • Assessed experience of working as a qualified Clinical or Counselling or Forensic psychologist at a highly specialist level or assessed experience of working as a qualified psychotherapist, including post qualification experience as a psychotherapist, preferably in the NHS or similar public health provider.
    • Demonstrate further specialist experience through CPD including supervised practice supplemented with other activities such as training, self-directed study and conferences relevant to the current state of the speciality.
    • the principles and implementation of the CPA process
    • Providing specialist psychological assessment, including cognitive and neurological assessment, and treatment of patients utilising at least two main models as appropriate across the full range of care settings and clinical severity including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient.
    • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • Extensive experience in supervising qualified psychological therapists and psychological therapists in training working with service users with complex mental health needs.
    • Research and audit experience, including the use of QI or other improvement methodology in clinical settings
    • The application of psychologically informed interventions in different cultural contexts including working with interpreters.
    • Experience of representing psychological therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • the theory and practice of psychological assessment and therapies in relation to treatment of a range of mental health disorders .including {therapy modality}
    • Clinical risk assessment and management procedures
    • The value of People participation in the delivery and development of services
    • Integrated Care and Community/ Population Health
    • Working in a systemic and individual way
    • Working with wider community groups and services
    • Team based Case Formulation
    • Leading Reflective Practice groups in MDTs
    • Trust level NHS structures including, clinical governance mechanisms and information governance, policies and procedures
    • wide range of IT applications, including databases, word processing, presentation software and Teleconferencing tools
    • Approaches to addressing population physical and mental health including Community psychology
    • The principles and practice of clinical governance, clinical audit and research methodology
    • Budget Management
    • Team Management

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