Assessment Team Lead

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Denmark Hill
£47,154 to £52,936 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a CBT Therapist/Psychologist/Psychotherapist to join the Keeping Well in South East London (KWSEL) as an assessment team lead. The assessment team lead will work in a split role within the Keeping Well team and also as part of the Staff Wellbeing Psychology Service at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

Main duties of the job

The KWSEL portal is a universal offer and single point of access for all health and social care staff in SE London regardless of employer or place. The service offers access to a Rapid Clinical Assessment (RCA) in which staff members will be assessed by KWSEL and best options for ongoing support will be discussed. This means ongoing discussion/relations with IAPT, secondary care and Trust-based offers (e.g. EAP, OH, staff support) is needed. The site includes a live chat function where staff can talk directly to an Assistant Psychologist or PWP for advice and signposting to the best options for whatever support they need. There is also a single phone number and email for staff to contact for similar advice.

The Assessment Team Lead will provide management and supervision to other members of the KWSEL (e.g. Band 6 Senior PWPs, Band 5 PWPs and Assistant Psychologists) and will report directly to the 8a Senior Team Lead. The Assessment Lead will be responsible for providing duty supervision for PWPs conducting the RCAs as well as completing assessments themselves for any complex or urgent cases. In addition, the role will involve working alongside the team leads in IAPT to develop referral pathways and ongoing collaborative working.

About us

Keeping Well in South East London

There has been widespread recognition that health and social care staff have been negatively affected by the covid pandemic and that support in addition to that usually offered to staff is required. NHS England are funding a number of initiatives across the country to develop staff support. Their brief has been for wellbeing and resilience hubs to be set up in each area pulling together and enhancing support resources for staff and ensuring staff can navigate the various offers available to find support that works for them. In South East London, this work is being led by the Integrated Care System (ICS), which includes all of the healthcare and social care providers in the area such as the CCGs, Kings College Hospital, Guys and St Thomas', SLaM and Oxleas. Around 100,000 health and social care staff work in SE London.

Funding has now been released for this work to move into the next phase focused on offering a rapid clinical access for health and social care staff to allow referral into the most appropriate psychological or wellbeing support.

Job description Job responsibilities

The assessment team lead will work within the Staff Wellbeing Psychology Service at Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust. This team has been greatly enhanced in order to address the impact of the covid-19 pandemic on staff health and wellbeing. The team is now being established as a permanent resource for staff support in the Trust. The landscape of the Trust is complex with five major hospitals and over 40 community sites in south east London, all of which have been at the forefront of service delivery in response to the pandemic. The staff wellbeing psychology service includes a team of psychologists centrally based in Occupational Health delivering a psychological therapies service to staff and rapid response brief one-to-one support via self-referral. They also work with teams and services across all areas of the organisation as needed. In addition, there are psychologists embedded in key areas such as critical care, the Evelina childrens hospital, the emergency department, and community sites. There is also a psychology post dedicated to increasing access to the wellbeing programme for staff from ethnic minority communities. The team works across all levels of the organisational system to include direct interventions to individuals and groups/teams, designing and delivering training and providing consultation, working strategically to influence a culture of compassionate care supporting leaders and managers and developing preventative approaches to address the underlying causes of staff psychological distress. Therefore the opportunities available within the secondment are wide ranging and can be tailored to meet the needs and interests of the post-holder.

Person Specification Qualification Essential
  • Doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology (and HCPC registration) and having completed an IAPT HI CBT course, OR, High intensity (HI) therapist, having completed an IAPT CBT course.
  • BABCP practitioner full accreditation or provisional accreditation
  • Training in a different therapy modality offered in IAPT (e.g. EMDR, IPT, DIT, Couples, Groups).
  • Attended CBT supervisor course
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working within an IAPT service including screening, triaging, assessing and managing risk and liaising with other professionals involved in clients' care
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision
  • Experience of working in a CMHT/ specialist therapies team
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of effective assessment and triage processes
  • Awareness of racial diversity issues and factors affecting access to mental health care.
  • Knowledge of local, pan-London and national mental health services and the protocols/pathways existing between them.
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Able to provide clinical supervision to a high standard, including live supervision
  • Highly skilled in delivering interventions remotely via video/ telephone/digital media
  • Significant skills in designing clinical audit projects, implementing changes and taking responsibility from end to end
  • Project management skills

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