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Lead Psychological Therapist/ Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year Per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
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Part Time
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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for analytic psychotherapists. The post holder will join the team of the therapists working in the Community Mental Health Teams and will take a role in delivering high quality and evidence-based therapies including psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well contributing to the MBT programme we are developing. Successful candidates who are not MBT qualified must be willing to complete the training. You will be supported in your work by analytic colleagues who are psychoanalytic psychotherapists, group analysts, a medical psychotherapist and art psychotherapists.

The successful candidate will be a qualified and experienced Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist or Psychoanalyst who has completed a recognised [post-graduate] training and is registered with a professional body such as UKCP or BPC. They will also be experienced working with adults with complex mental health needs and familiar with working through a trauma informed lens to understand what has happened to people and ways to alleviate their distress. An additional training in Mentalisation-based Therapy is desirable in order to join in delivering a full programme of MBT alongside analytic therapy. Successful candidates who are not already MBT qualified must be willing to complete the training. We welcome innovation, creativity and holistic ways of working to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Interview date - 12/13 & 15September 2022

Main duties of the job

  • Provide evidence based psychological therapy, psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic psychotherapy, mentalization based therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Provide clinical supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.
  • Assist the Team Manager/Clinical Lead with operational duties and service development, including research and development activities

Closing date - 14 August 2022

About us

We are a provider of award winning, high quality mental health, community and learning disability services that look after the 'whole person', caring for their physical and mental health needs. We work with individuals, their carers and our partners to ensure that people get the right care, in the right place with the right support.

Our health care services cover all ages, so if you live in Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale or Craven.

We know that you want your care to be delivered in your own home, or as close to your home as possible and we are committed to providing high quality community care tailored to your needs.

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: - We Care, We Listen, We Deliver

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other psychological therapists, to deliver evidence based therapy to individual and groups of patients [psychodynamic/ psychoanalytic psychotherapy , MBT].
  • Manage a designated caseload of patients with responsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of therapy.
  • Supervise and support psychological therapists and other health care professionals.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outco This will include conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and person-ce
  • Act as a mentor to students, support newly qualified staff and be responsible for implementing the appraisal process.
  • Use IT systems effectivel
  • Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.
    • Provide clinical leadership to the psychological therapists.
    • Support the Team Manager with operational duties; including appraisal, caseload management and providing cover in the absence of the Team Manager.
    • Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service.

4. Working as part of a Team

  • Effectively communicate with other disciplines/agencies/patients and carers.
  • Provide support and leadership to psychological therapists.
  • Maintain professional relationships with all colleagues to ensure professional standards are met.
  • Encourage participation in the appraisal process.
  • Contribute to the appraisal process of psychological therapists.
  • Teach psychological interventions to others, including colleagues and trainees.
  • Initiate and conduct clinical evaluation projects.
  • Contribute to clinical research programmes.

5. Managing Self

  • Participate in regular management and clinical supervision.
  • Seek advice and support from Team Manager/Senior Psychological Therapists as and when required.
  • Participate in appraisal annually, developing and agreeing your development plan with your line manager using the Trust appraisal and KSF process.
  • Responsible for identifying areas for own professional development.
  • Keep up to date with latest clinical developments and research evidence in the area of psychological therapy.
  • Attend all mandatory training.
  • Maintain registration as a qualified health professional.
  • Where required, maintain accreditation with a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP
  • Carry out duties with due regard to the Trusts Equal Opportunity Policy.
  • Comply with all Trust policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Pay regard to materials and equipment.
  • Maintain a professional appearance.

  • Staff Supervision and Support

    • Monitor practice and development of psychological therapists, as appropriate reporting to Team Manager/Senior Psychological Therapist.
    • Conduct appraisal and performance management of psychological therapists.
    • Assist in induction of staff.
    • Provide clinical leadership for psychological therapists.
    • Participate in the training of psychological therapists and other healthcare professionals.

  • Safeguarding

  • All staff members have a duty to report any concerns they have about the safety or well being of adult service users, members of their families, including children. Employees should be aware of their roles & responsibilities to both prevent and respond appropriately to abuse. They should undertake the safeguarding training required for their particular role.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. or
    • Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP via: (a) Professional route; requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the BABCP).
    • Leadership training.
    • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.
    Experience Essential
    • Experience in relevant area of mental health practise
    • Application of evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
    • Clinical leadership experience.
    • Involvement in innovative clinical practice.
    • Experience delivering psychological therapies to groups of patients.
    • Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies.
    • Experience of delivering psychological therapies to people with psychosis (CBTp/ FI)
    Knowledge Essential
    • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
    • Relevant specialist clinical courses/training. Research awareness.
    • Involvement in clinical research programmes.
    Skills Essential
    • Be able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered.
    • Communication: written and verbal Articulate and meaningful, legible.
    • Able to autonomous decisions using judgement.
    • Assertiveness skills.
    • Supervising learners and other staff.
    • Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, therapeutic interventions and management.
    • Skills in group work
    • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
    • Skills in self-management including time management.

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