Deputy Clinical Lead

West London NHS Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
29 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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As Deputy Clinical Lead you will alongside the Clinical Leads in the strategic development and implementation of the IAPT service. This role is ideal for a person who has a proven track record in leadership and is committed to delivering high quality services and improving patient outcomes. You will be working in a dynamic and supportive senior team that values innovation and creative thinking and works together to achieve excellent results. You will have a key role in Quality Improvement initiatives and will be supported by the Trust's Quality Improvement team where necessary.

You will enjoy working in our diverse and friendly team that appreciate compassionate and collaborative leadership.

You will have opportunities to develop your leadership skills and clinical expertise and access to a generous Continued Professional Development programme. This is a friendly service that invests in its staff and encourages and supports career progression.

We have full and part-time opportunities available and the service has adapted very well to the delivery of services during the pandemic. We operate an agile working policy where staff are able to combine working from home and on site.

Main duties of the job

  • Supporting the Joint Clinical Leads in monitoring service performance, using the audits and analysis of data to contribute to strategic decisions.
  • Develop and work closely with key stakeholders including GPs and partner organisations
  • Responsible for the line management of senior therapists and other staff where appropriate
  • Overseeing high and low interventions in the service
  • Supervise Highly Specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapists
  • Training and development of staff
  • Leading on operational changes that require a whole team approach
  • Attendance at Trust-wide meetings and deputising for Clinical Leads at pan-London and national forums, chairing Clinical Improvement Group meetings
  • Providing consultation to the team on governance concerns
  • Specialist formulation and intervention of common psychological disorders.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of physical health, community, social care, and mental health care in the UK.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the JD and PS attached to this post to review the Detailed job description and main responsibilities in full.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)/ or counselling psychology/ a recorded/registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy - plus further post graduate level diploma qualification training in a psychological therapy which may be CBT or another IAPT appropriate evidence based therapy (i.e. IPT) to at least equivalent of a post graduate diploma and/or Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate CBT Diploma)
  • Accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist by the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP) or nearing completion of accreditation process.
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working as a fully qualified psychological therapy practitioner and demonstrating the competences as required.
  • Significant experience of working within primary care psychology and/ or IAPT service.
  • Formal training in supervision of qualified psychologists/ psychological therapists and trainees.
  • Experience of training and supervising qualified and pre-qualification psychologists, and/or high intensity/ CBT therapists.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, inpatient and residential care.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, both as a clinician, supervisor and team co-ordinator.
  • Experience of work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by HCPC/BPS/relevant professional regulatory body.
  • Experience of supervising low-intensity therapists
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of teaching pre-qualification psychological therapists and other NHS staff.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of teaching
  • Pre-qualification psychological therapists and other NHS staff.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Well-developed knowledge of evidence base for delivering high-intensity and low-intensity interventions.
  • Knowledge of key NHS policy developments for psychological therapies and services generally and for IAPT high/ low-intensity CBT in particular.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the specialism and mental health generally.
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems.
  • Highly-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one other specialised psychological therapies -in addition to CBT.
  • Knowledge of key service development issues including mental health and primary care mental health/ IAPT
  • Working knowledge of management and leadership frameworks and practices within the NHS, BPS & HPC.

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