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Highly Specialist Psychologist

Employer
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Location
London
Salary
£52,093 to £58,186 a year Per Annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Profession
Psychologist
Grade
Band 8A
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Highly Specialist Psychologist, Band 8a Permanent - full time & part time hours available

Due to additional funding the Greenwich Community Diabetes Team has been able to expand its clinical/counselling Psychology role.

This develops an exciting opportunity to enhance the care the team already offers to the Diabetes patients seen in the community within the borough of Greenwich.

We are looking for two Highly specialist clinical/counselling Psychologist's with preferably experience in physical health and Long Term Conditions (Diabetes) to work closely with and be part of our multidisciplinary team of Highly specialised nurses, dietitians, podiatrist's and Diabetes Consultants.

The team is happy to consider part time, full time and job share.

Main duties of the job

As a senior clinical member of the Community Diabetes Specialist Team the post holder will be responsible for the autonomous provision of a highly specialised psychological therapy service for patients with diabetes, its complications and common mental health problems (e.g. anxiety, depression, eating disorders).

The post holder will develop and lead the service ensuring routine collection, review and feedback of outcome data, and that activity targets are met. S/he will be accountable for the direct provision of a systematic, specialist clinical psychology service ensuring comprehensive, multidisciplinary assessments and a range of psychological interventions appropriate to individuals with diabetes. This will include cognitive behavioural therapy, stress management and psycho-educational input to patient groups and support to patients and their families/carers.

We are a multidisciplinary Highly specialised community Diabetes team.

We work closely with secondary and primary care with clinics run throughout the borough of Greenwich.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care


Job description Job responsibilities

Responsibility for choosing and implementing appropriate specialist psychological assessments including neuropsychological assessment for patients diagnosed with diabetes and comorbid mental health conditions (excluding patients under secondary care mental health services)

Responsibility for delivering specific psychological interventions to patients and patient groups using cognitive behaviour, systemic and mindfulness therapies, and, motivational interviewing techniques to support patients to adapt to their condition and make appropriate lifestyle changes

Capability for communicating across social, cultural and language barriers using a wide range of interpersonal skills and techniques depending on the target audience, working with health advocacy groups where necessary

Responsibility for working collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality individualised care to patients ensuring that the psychological dimension of diabetes care is not overlooked.
Person Specification:
Professional Qualifications
Essential:
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a clinical psychologist
Desirable:
  • Additional post-doctoral training in evidence-based therapies e.g. CBT
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training or expertise in a distinct therapy relevant to service group (e.g. clinical health psychology)

Experience

Essential:
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient, and assessment and intervention with patients with a wide variety of mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working with families, carers and/ or significant others
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months,



Desirable:
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with people with chronic physical health conditions, their carers and families


Knowledge and Skills

Essential:
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Experience of group work
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HPC and BPS

Desirable:
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and their application in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities, dementia etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies and their application within the care group (including Third Wave CBT approaches)
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.


Personal

Essential:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills enabling good working relationships with others within and external to the Trust
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems
  • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult situations
  • Ability to form good working relationships and work as part of a team
  • Motivated and proactive
  • Works well under pressure
  • Good organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload

Desirable:
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services and enthusiasm for audit, research and service evaluation.


Other

Essential:
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to travel to clinics across the Borough

Desirable:
  • Personal experience of mental health problems
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework


Person Specification essential Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a clinical psychologist
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient, and assessment and intervention with patients with a wide variety of mental health problems.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months,
Desirable
  • Additional post-doctoral training in evidence-based therapies e.g. CBT
  • Completion of further post-qualification specialist training or expertise in a distinct therapy relevant to service group (e.g. clinical health psychology)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working with people with chronic physical health conditions, their carers and families


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