We are looking for an enthusiastic, reflective and experienced Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work with pregnant and postnatal women who have complex mental health needs.The countywide multidisciplinary team provide specialist care for women with moderate to severe mental illness during their pregnancy, and up to the age of 12 months. The post is currently funded for 0.6wte and increase of these hours is under discussion.
The post holder will be a member of the service's leadership team. They will supervise and support other psychologists and psychological therapists in the service, with governance responsibility for agreeing case and workload levels, and systems of monitoring quality of practice, ensuring the delivery of high quality psychological interventions to women and their babies.
The team has recently undergone a review and are restructuring some of their processes. They areactively working to develop their treatment pathways and have good links with local IAPT services and parent-infant psychotherapy in CAMHS. We are looking to recruit someone with leadership experience, working in multidisciplinary secondary care services, and who can demonstrate compassion and sensitivity to the challenges facing women with mental health difficulties during the perinatal period. An understanding of the impact of trauma in the perinatal period and experience of delivering trauma-focused therapy is desirable. A car owner/driver is essential
Main duties of the job
The post holder will ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality comprehensive specialist psychological service to the users of the Perinatal Mental Health Service across Bedfordshire and Luton and will be a member of the service's leadership team.
The post holder will directly provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and therapies, specialist risk assessments and advice on risk management, and the provision of psychological advice, consultation and training to others colleagues involved in the care of service users and families. The post holder will also supervise and support other psychologists and psychological therapists in their area, with governance responsibility for agreeing case and workload levels, and systems of monitoring quality of practice. They may also be required to undertake disciplinary, capability or sickness processes as necessary.
The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy, research and quality improvement, and contribute strongly to strategic service development as a senior psychologist.
Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Please kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy for more information.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or equivalent accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Or Have an NHS Core Profession (Nurse, Allied Health Profession, Medical Doctor, Social Worker) or demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes. and Have completed a minimum of one year of recognised full-time (or equivalent part-time) psychological therapy or counselling training leading to a qualification, certification or accreditation recognised by a relevant professional or regulatory body plus relevant specialist short courses. Or Have completed an equivalent training abroad as recognised by NARIC and written and oral English sufficient for their work
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Training specifically including: Models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies, three or more supervised clinical placements (including lifespan developmental psychology and mental health specialisms) and research skills. Either: Recognised qualification or training in psychotherapy supervision or Clinical supervision training for doctoral clinical /counselling psychology trainees. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Or Registered by a body overseen or accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)
- Membership of one or more member colleges of UKCP.
- Post Qualification Training in a Psychotherapy Modality: e.g. DBT, CFT, EMDR, CBTp, CBT for trauma.
- Accreditation by one or more of: The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP); Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy. British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors. Relevant management / leadership training certificate.
- Assessed experience of working as a qualified Clinical or Counselling or Forensic psychologist at a highly specialist level or assessed experience of working as a qualified psychotherapist, preferably in the NHS or similar public health provider.
- Experience of working in a perinatal or maternal mental health service
- Demonstrate further specialist experience through CPD including supervised practice supplemented with other activities such as training, self directed study and conferences relevant to the current state of the speciality.
- The principles and implementation of the CPA process.
- oProviding specialist psychological assessment, including cognitive and neurological assessment, and treatment of patients utilising at least two main models as appropriate across the full range of care settings and clinical severity including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient.
- oWorking with a wide variety of patient groups across the whole life course and presenting problems which reflect the full range of clinical severity. Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
- oProviding teaching, training and clinical supervision.
- oExercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
- oThe application of psychological principles across multiple environments and populations
- oRepresenting Psychological Therapies within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
- oAssessing treatment options where expert opinion differs.
- oProviding teaching, training and clinical supervision as required.
- oFacilitating groups.
- oThe use of Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) such as Friends and Family Test
- oThe use of at least one Recovery measure (e.g. DIALOG, QPR, ReQoL) as part of a Recovery Approach
- oRoutine use of teleconferencing in 1:1 patient care.
- oThe use of Cloud based mental health Apps or programs
- oSupervision of MDT staff in Recovery Model approaches
- oThe use of QI or other improvement methodology in clinical settings
- oThe operational delivery of integrated care pathways
- oThe application of the Care Act (2015), Mental Capacity Act (2007), Mental Health Act (2007)
- oStaff management, development and leadership, especially in supervising staff from different backgrounds and trainings
- oThe full range of complaints, grievances, capability and disciplinary procedures.
- oDeveloping policy or services
- oBudget management.
- oRecruitment, selection and retention of staff.
- oWorking in a multidisciplinary team.
- oPartnership working with primary care, secondary care and other agencies
- oDeveloping services to respond to Service User needs and a diverse population
- oLeading audit and research projects
- oRoutine use of teleconferencing (e.g. Skype, zoom, Facetime) in any 1:1 setting and group meetings including for supervision
- oRoutine use of any Electronic Patient Record system such as RiO, EMIS, PARIS, SystmOne, IAPTUS to include patient administration and clinical record management.
- oThe clinical use of databases; informatics systems and data visualisation
- oManagement of teams,
- oManagement of budgets,
- oConference planning and management
- oCo produced clinical care, including goal setting, using a Recovery approach
- oCommunity psychology approaches to population mental health
- oIntegrated physical and mental health pathways
- oThe theory and practice of psychological assessment and therapies in relation to treatment of a range of mental health disorders, including SMI, complex mental health and psychosis
- oCommunity Psychology Theory, models and practice
- oRisk assessment practice and procedures.
- oThe application of standardised assessments and outcome measures.
- oThe presentation of complex mental health problems and range of disorders
- oExperience of the principles and implementation of the CPA process
- oUnderstanding of the presentation of highly complex mental health problems and range of disorders
- oThe value of people participation in the delivery and development of services
- oRoutine Outcome measures including PROMs, PREMs and CROMs
- oThe Recovery Model and Recovery measures (one of DIALOG, QPR or ReQoL and co production of clinical intervention and clinical services
- Cloud based mental health Apps or programs scope and application
- oThe clinical use of Electronic Patient Records
- oThe application of the Care Act (2015), Mental Capacity Act (2007), Mental Health Act (2007)
- oThorough understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
- oTrust level NHS structures including, clinical governance mechanisms and information governance
- olegislation in relation to mental health problems and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
- oequal opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues
- owide range of IT applications, including databases, word processing, presentation software and Teleconferencing tools
- oNational NHS governance structures
- othe principles and practice of clinical governance, clinical audit and research methodology
- oBudgeting and NHS financial processes
- oClinical informatics and analytics scope and clinical use
- oThe operational use of Electronic Patient Records
- oOperational management of teams,
- oClinical and team level use of clinical informatics and analytics
- Integrated Care and Community/ Population Health oIntegrated care agenda oApproaches to addressing population physical and mental health including Community psychology
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