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Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Employer
Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Location
Uxbridge
Salary
£45,024 to £58,186 a year per annum inc. HCAS (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Profession
Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Service
Old Age
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Hillingdon Older People's Mental Health (OPMH) services are inviting applications from HCPC registered Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologists specialising in working with older people. The post we offer is across two service areas, our Memory Service and Oak Tree Ward, our Older Adult acute mental health unit. This is an interesting and varied post within a well-established older people's mental health service in the London Borough of Hillingdon. In addition to the delivery of clinical services, there will be opportunities for a range of interesting and varied roles, including working with service users, carers, the teams, and other partners to support service improvement and development work.

Hillingdon is home to a diverse population and contexts, from urban to semi-rural. Situated in North West London, it has good transport links with the rest of London and surrounding counties.

As a trust we are committed to staff development and as such, we will consider applications from HCPC registered psychologists at band 7 for a preceptorship role to 8a. We are also very keen to support applicants who may be looking to change role, but have already started additional training in their current post and would like to continue with their current course / CPD.

We are also open to applications from HCPC registered psychologists looking for part-time roles in either the Memory Service or Oaktree ward.

Main duties of the job

Memory Service:
  • Delivery of high quality clinical assessment (including the assessment of cognition), formulation, and intervention to people presenting with possible cognitive impairment.
  • To be a Professional Psychological resource to the Memory Service and, when needed, the wider Hillingdon OPMH teams, providing specialist psychological advice, guidance, and consultation to other professionals and contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and care planning.
  • To support the supervision of prequalified and qualified psychologist, depending on experience.
  • To support service development and improvement.

Oaktree Ward
  • Delivery of high quality clinical assessment , formulation, and intervention to people presenting with a range of mental health needs and people living with dementia.
  • To be a Professional Psychological resource to the ward team and, when needed, the wider Hillingdon OPMH teams, providing specialist psychological advice, guidance, and consultation to other professionals and contributing directly to clients' formulation, diagnosis and care planning.
  • To support discharge through liaising and working with community services across the local Integrated Care System.
  • To support the supervision of prequalified and qualified psychologist, depending on experience.
  • To support service development and improvement.


About us

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings

The post holder will join an established group of psychologists working with older people across Five Boroughs of London: one of the largest groups of its kind. This group holds regular professional and clinical development meetings and a development program for psychologists across the experience range.

We have a strong service improvement culture, with access to support and development of QI knowledge and skills.

As a trust we are committed to investing in our staff through a range of initiatives, both profession specific and organisation wide. Psychological profession staff are able to access a range of trust wide CPD initiatives. CNWL also has seven established staff networks supporting a range of individual needs.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Results Area: - Clinical

Performance Standard

Provide an excellent standard of psychological and clinical care to clients by offering a range of assessments and treatments as part of the multi-disciplinary working.
  • To provide 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 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, 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 drawing upon different explanatory 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 contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • 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 serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management according to Trust Policy.
  • Where fitting, to act as lead professional / care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To be able to carry out and prioritise daily your own designated clinical caseload, working as an autonomous practitioner, with regular supervision from your supervisor.
  • To work with other team members in the development, facilitation and evaluation of appropriate clinical groups for clients living in the community and admitted to our bed based unit.
  • To regularly attend and participate in clinical and non-clinical meetings as required.
  • To ensure that all services provided are acceptable and accessible to the clients of diverse community backgrounds.


  • Person Specification Education, Training and Qualifications Essential
    • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or BPS Chartered Status for Counselling Psychologists, including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
    • Current HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
    Desirable
    • Training in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
    • Pre- or Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    Experience / Knowledge Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and inpatient settings.
    • 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.
    • Demonstrate further post qualification specialist training/experience through working as a specialist clinical psychologist.
    Desirable
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in working with people living with cognitive impairment and / or dementia, including the formal assessment of cognition.
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
    Skills/Knowledge/Abilities 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.
    • 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 practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
    Desirable
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.).
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
    Attitude, Aptitudes and Personal Characteristics Essential
    • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
    • Able to build constructive relationships and warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
    • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
    • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
    • Excellent Team Player with proven ability to work well in a team
    • Ability to make decisions and problem solve when dealing in both routine and complex situations
    • Ability to organise own work and caseload
    • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in conditions requiring emotional demands
    • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
    • Ability to prioritise own and others caseloads
    • Demonstrates positive attitude and behaviours
    • Excellent Time Management skills
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties and in difficult situations
    • Recognises own limitations and have willingness to share and learn from others
    • Ability to concentrate and work in conditions requiring emotional demands
    Desirable


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