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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£70,631 to £80,841 a year pro rata inc
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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Hours for each individual post to be confirmed - 1.5 WTE posts

We have two Lead roles available covering 1.5 WTE, so are open to part time hours and discussing the number of hours within each post.

These roles would suit an experienced psychologist from OPMH or Adult Mental Health, Neuropsychology or Physical Health services but has the experience and skill to provide senior leadership and oversight of psychological therapies in our Bexley and Greenwich Older People's Mental Health Services. The Bexley community service comprises a CMHT and Memory Service, the Greenwich community service compromises a CMHT, Memory Service and Advanced Dementia Service and provides consultation and supervision to the IAPT Older People's Champion, so there is a broad range of clinical work from complex therapy, family work and consultation to neuropsychology and rehab. The posts also support our new Care Home Support Team which is specially commissioned to provide training and consultation. In addition, the post-holders will also link into Acute & Crisis services, which comprise our Greenwich Mental Health Liaison team, wards and home treatment team.

There are excellent working relationships within the teams and with senior managers within OPMH services and the Community Mental Health Directorate.

Main duties of the job

Psychological Therapies are an established, highly valued specialty within OPMH borough based services. The roles are well supported by teams of Psychological therapists, including clinical psychologists, systemic and art therapists and an apprentice CAP, at bands 8b, 8a, 7, 5 and 4. We provide a range of therapies, including CBT, systemic, psychodynamic, art therapy, CAT, EMDR, DBT informed interventions, and third wave CBT approaches including Mindfulness and ACT.

We are open to applications from people with a range of experience, including AMH, Physical health and/or Neuropsychology in addition to Older People's Mental Health experience. We are keen to hear from people with interest and expertise in neuropsychology but this is not essential.

Psychological Therapy services are very well respected within the wider Oxleas Trust and this is reflected in our Director of Therapies (Neil Springham, Art Psychotherapist) being a full member of the Board of the Trust alongside the Medical Director and Director of Nursing. Psychological Therapies also have a key role to play in taking forward the Mental Health Transformation agenda and this post will contribute to that programme of development. Older People's services also comprise a dedicated and collaborative workforce. Overall, Oxleas is a warm and supportive place to work.

Please contact Sian Critchley-Robbins, Head of Psychological Therapies, via to discuss the post in more detail

About us

Oxleas 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 peoples 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 Marys Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

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:
  • Were Kind
  • Were Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached JD and PS for details.

JOB SUMMARY: To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the borough older people's mental health services. To ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision and support of all other psychological therapists within the relevant areas of the borough, for which the post holder has designated professional responsibility, including clear systems for effective recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs. To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychological therapies service within borough older people's mental health services. As a major requirement of the job, to carry out audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes. To propose and implement policy and service development changes within the borough older people's mental health services.

  • To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources
  • To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes
  • To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed as a psychologically based standard care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with others involved with the care on a regular basis.
  • To provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To undertake risk assessment and management for clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychological therapists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as Care Co-ordinator where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in care; and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress
  • To provide expertise and advice to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team and wider services
  • To provide expert consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff and agencies outside the Directorate and Trust.

  • Teaching, training and supervision:
  • To ensure appropriate systems for the supervision of qualified/ unqualified psychological therapists across OPMH services.
  • To provide clinical and professional supervision to qualified Psychological Therapists, Trainee and Assistant Psychologists working in OPMH services.
  • To provide specialist clinical placements for trainee clinical/ counselling psychologists, ensuring that they acquire the necessary clinical and research skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good psychological practice, contributing to the assessment and evaluation of those competencies
  • To provide specialist advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to other members of the team for their provision of psychologically based interventions
  • To provide pre and post-qualification teaching of clinical and counselling psychology as appropriate.
  • To continue to develop expertise in the area of professional pre and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.

  • 3 Management, recruitment, policy and service development:
  • To participate as a senior clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service for clients, their carers and families within older people's mental health services including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To exercise responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to OPMH services including psychological staff and psychological materials employed in the assessment and the treatment of patients.
  • To exercise responsibility for the appropriate and safe use of specialist psychological equipment within the service
  • To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within OPMH services, including maintaining records of appraisals, clinical record keeping standards and the transcribing of minutes and records of appropriate professional meetings.
  • To initiate and implement service developments and projects within OPMH services
  • To advise and participate in appropriate professional psychological therapy recruitment within Oxleas.

  • IT responsibilities.
  • To be proficient in the use of IT for email, intranet, and clinical information system purposes as well as data analysis and creating reports.

  • Research and service evaluation
  • To take the psychological therapies lead, as a senior clinician, in planning and implementing systems for the evaluation, monitoring and development of the designated areas within the borough older people's mental health services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high-quality care.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work, and work with other team members and across the designated areas within older people's mental health services.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the designated areas within older people's mental health services.
  • To initiate and implement project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to clients and their families.

  • General
  • To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
  • To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychological therapies within the service area and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.
  • To ensure the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To contribute with other Consultant Psychological Therapists and Directorate Heads of Psychological Therapies to the development and articulation of best practice in psychological therapies across the Directorate and the Trust.
  • To ensure that all psychological therapists within the service/sector maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Doctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology or equivalent
    • HCPC registration
    • Additional post-qualification training in therapy/neuropsychology
    Experience Essential
    • Substantial experience as a qualified psychologist
    • Teaching/training/supervision
    • Understanding and experience of

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