An opportunity has arisen for a band 8a Clinical Psychologist to join the Secondary Care Psychological Therapies Team in the Tameside Borough, although we are also open to considering applications for more recently qualified Psychologists on a preceptorship basis (band7/8a). The post-holder will support the team in delivering services within the CMHT community pathway.
Main duties of the job
To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service for people referred to the Tameside & Glossop (T&G) Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service (SCPTS).
To provide consultation and formulation to staff within Tameside & Glossop CMHTs supported by Clinical Psychology colleagues.
The post holders will provide specialist assessment, formulation and interventions for a clinical caseload.
A key function of the role will be to support T&G CMHT practitioners and to develop a psychological understanding and context for service users and carers.
Operating in an integrated and inclusive style you will work closely with the MDTs to support the development of individual care planning.
The post holders will propose and implement evidence-based practice, utilising research skills for audit and service developments.
Our team consists of admin workers, CBT therapists (with additional trainings in EMDR, DBT, Family Interventions), an Art Therapist and a group of Clinical Psychologists with additional trainings in CAT, Schema Therapy and MBT. We also regularly have trainee Clinical Psychologists and other trainee psychological therapists on placement.
Job description Job responsibilities
- To provide specialist psychological assessments 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 service users and carers.
- To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and / or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings. Clinical work requiring intense concentration over prolonged periods and also frequently involving working with highly distressed service users.
- To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across the teams, developing and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models. Judgement regarding choice of therapy intervention is based on appraisal of evidence based therapeutic options.
- To evaluate and make decisions about intervention options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and 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 service users whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.
- To provide specialist psychological support, consultation and guidance to other professionals contributing directly to the service users assessment, formulation and intervention plan.
- To ensure that all members of the team have access to a psychologically-based framework for understanding and caring for the service user, through the provision of advice, consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
- To communicate and receive highly complex and contentious information in a skilled and sensitive manner, in the course of psychological assessment and therapy.
- To provide training and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the teams.
- To deliver a care package appropriate for the service users needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging service user reviews as required and communicating effectively and monitoring progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
Teaching, Training and Supervision
- To support clinical placements for trainee clinical and/or counselling psychologists and other therapists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
- To provide advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to other members of MDTs for their provision of psychologically-based interventions to help improve service users functioning.
- To provide pre and post qualification teaching of clinical psychology as appropriate.
- To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre and post graduate training and clinical supervision.
Management and Recruitment
- To contribute to the appropriate use of the psychological resources available to a team, whether in the form unqualified graduate psychology staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the assessment and treatment of patients.
- To contribute to the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service / team.
- To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistant and trainee clinical psychologists.
Policy and Service Development
- To participate in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service including advising both service and professional managers on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
Research and Service Evaluation
- To participate in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the teams operational policies, 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 routinely theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
- To undertake appropriate research, provide research advice to other staff undertaking research, and provide electronic data entry and analysis.
- To undertake project management, including audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to clients and their families.
This job description is not exhaustive, but is intended to give an overall picture of the role. Other duties within the general scope of the post may be required from time to time. The duties of the post and job description can be reviewed through the agreed process.
General Duties of all post holders
- To undertake any other reasonable duty, which is appropriate to the band, when requested by Senior Staff.
- To be familiar with and comply with all Trust and departmental policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines.
- To be aware of and work towards the Trusts strategic goals.
Standards of Business Conduct
- The post holder will be required to comply with the organisations standing order and standing financial instructions and at all times, deal honestly with the organisation with colleagues and all those who have dealing with the organisation including patients, relative and suppliers.
- The post holder must ensure that their behaviour and interests inside and outside work do not conflict with their Trust position, duties and/or responsibilities.
- The post holder must comply with and support the development of the performance standards within the service/department to ensure the service is responsive to and meets the needs of its customers.
- The post holder will be required to develop and maintain good working relationships with all patients, service users, staff, contractors and where appropriate, members of the public.
- The Trust aims to maintain the good will and confidence of its own staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public. To assist in achieving this objective it is essential that at all times, the post holder carries out their duties in a courteous, sympathetic and professional manager.
- All post holders who are members of a professional body must comply with standards of professional practice / conduct. It is the post holders responsibilities to ensure they are both familiar with and adhere to these requirements and maintain their professional membership to the relevant body.
Equality and Diversity and Equal Opportunities
- The post holder must carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trusts Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies, avoiding unlawful discriminatory behaviour and actions when dealing with colleagues, service users, members of the public and all other stakeholders.
- The post holder must promote awareness of and respect for equality and diversity in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.
- The post holder is responsible for treating all staff, patients, service users, NHS contractors and the general public with dignity and respect at all times.
- Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.
- All staff have a responsibility to promote the welfare of any child, young person or vulnerable adult they come into contact with and in cases where there are safeguarding concerns, to act upon them and protect the individual from harm.
- All staff should refer any safeguarding issues to their manager and escalate accordingly in line with the Trust Child and Adult Safeguarding Policies.
- All staff should familiarise themselves with the NICE Guidelines when to suspect child maltreatment 2009.
Professional and Personal Development
- The post holder must ensure that they are aware of their responsibilities by attending the Trust Mandatory Training and Induction Programme.
- The post holder will be involved in a formal IPDR/KSF review with their manager at least every 12 months. Once performance / training objectives have been set, the staff members progress will be reviewed on a regular basis, so that new objectives can be agreed and set, in order to maintain progress in the service delivery.
- The post holder will be expected to take responsibility for their own professional development and will be supported by the Trust to achieve development opportunities as appropriate.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
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