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Psychologist/Psychotherapist or Family/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year pro rata per annum inc
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking an experienced psychological therapist with a passion for perinatal care to join our specialist community perinatal mental health service. We are dedicated to high quality, evidence-based practice. We welcome applications from all psychological professions with the necessary experience.

The post holder will take a lead role in coordinating the timely and effective provision of highly specialist psychological interventions for service users under the care of the Perinatal Mental Health Team. This will include supervising and supporting psychology and psychotherapies staff across the service. Working closely with the head of psychology and psychotherapies for perinatal services they will ensure there are systems of governance in place to provide safe and effective psychological treatments as well as enhancing the work of the MDT by embedding a wider framework of psychologically informed care that can recognise and respond to psychological needs arising within a perinatal context in a timely and effective manner.

The post holder will hold a clinical case load, providing highly specialist psychological care to parents (and their infants) experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties. An ability to assess and manage risk in this context is crucial. Appropriate clinical and professional supervision and opportunities for training and development will be made available.

Main duties of the job

  • To develop, coordinate and ensure the systematic provision of evidenced based specialist psychological therapies across the Community Perinatal Mental Health Service
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for managing an identified caseload of parents with complex psychological problems, including assessment of risk and safeguarding adults and babies
  • To enable staff and service users from all backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe and responsive environment, ensuring the team operates from an anti-racist and anti-discriminatory perspective at all times
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate functioning as a lead specialist in perinatal mental health
  • To ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision of other psychological therapists within the Community Perinatal Mental Health Service.
  • To work collaboratively and flexibly as a member of the multi-disciplinary team and contribute to a psychologically informed framework of working across the service.
  • To actively contribute to perinatal care plans, providing a psychological perspective, which may require attendance at pre-birth and post-birth planning meetings

Flexible working:

We are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 9am to 6pm, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

The perinatal community mental health service is a specialist secondary care multidisciplinary team comprising psychiatry, psychological therapies, OT, specialist nursing and nursery nursing, social work and peer support. We are a diverse and experienced group of mental health professionals with a passion for delivering excellence in perinatal care.

The service operates across 3 sub teams, (Wandsworth, Kingston & Richmond, Sutton & Merton) who come together weekly for meetings and case discussions. We also meet as a whole service on a regular basis. We offer reflective practice and complex case discussions and hold a regular team business meeting to ensure smooth operation and involvement from all disciplines in developing our vision and strategy for service development.

We welcome multi-disciplinary working and learning from each other. Interdisciplinary training sessions are actively encouraged as well as involvement and co-production with our service users.

About our location:

Tooting (Wandsworth)

Our Trust headquarters is located within the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting and we also operate in nearly 100 other locations throughout the UK. This is easily accessible via the Northern Line and via private transport. The Trust provides subsidised parking fares for all our substantive staff. Our main site is located immediately next to Tooting High Street where staff can easily access a range of shops, cafs and restaurants.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care
  • To formulate and implement 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, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy in the treatment of mental health conditions as recommended by NICE guidelines
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, employed individually and in combination, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing on a number of different explanatory theoretical models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals, as appropriate, to assist in the formulation, diagnosis and treatment of clients presenting with mental health needs related to trauma and loss
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management
  • To provide reports and communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients to other health professionals, family and carers, the client, legal professionals and other relevant agencies.

Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To facilitate clinical placements for trainee psychological therapists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To provide post-qualification training (CPD) and clinical and/or professional supervision to qualified psychological therapists attached to the service.
  • To provide advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to other members of the service for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve clients functioning.
  • To provide pre- and post-qualification teaching as appropriate.
  • To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision

Management, Recruitment, Policy and Service Development
  • To take a lead role in ensuring effective systems are in place for monitoring the access, experience and outcomes of psychological therapies within the service as well as the analysis and dissemination of this data.
  • To participate as a lead clinician in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to the service whether in the form of additional qualified and unqualified graduate psychology staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of patients.
  • To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant, trainee and qualified psychological therapists.

Research and Service Evaluation
  • To take a lead, as a senior clinician, in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the services adherence to Trust policies and procedures, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for the provision of high quality care
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual and group work and work with other team members
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research
  • To initiate 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

  • In keeping with all psychology and psychotherapies staff, to receive regular clinical supervision in appropriate areas of clinical therapeutic practice.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post-holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology and psychotherapies across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of psychology, psychotherapy and related disciplines and to comply fully with the Trusts appraisal and professional development policies and procedures.
  • To maintain 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 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
  • oPost-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • oRegistration with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • oFormal training in supervision of trainee applied psychologists and related personnel
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • oPost-doctoral training in CBT
  • oBABCP Accreditation as practitioner and supervisor
  • oEMDR Training
Experience Essential
  • oAssessed experience of working as a qualified systemic family therapist for a significant period with experience of working at a highly specialist level with clients with mental health needs related to the perinatal period
  • oAssessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist for a significant period with experience of working at a highly specialist level with clients with mental health needs related to the perinatal period, loss and trauma
  • oAssessed experience of working as a qualified CBT therapist for a significant period with experience of working at a highly specialist level with clients with mental health needs related to the perinatal period
  • oAssessed experience of working as a qualified parent infant psychotherapist for a significant period with experience of working at a highly specialist level with clients with mental health needs related to the perinatal period, loss and traum

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