An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist within the PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire) Service. PATH is a specialist service for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis in Hertfordshire. HPFT has recently achieved an 'Outstanding' rating from the CQC.
We are implementing the Access and Waiting Time Standard for early intervention in psychosis (EIP), which is a clear national priority for the NHS. This standard will make a major difference to the quality of care received by those with First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and greatly improve their ability to recover.
We are very keen to offer a bespoke professional development plan with opportunities to further develop the skills of the post holder. Regarding specialist professional development, PATH has close links with other Early Intervention services. The team is part of the East of England Early Intervention in Psychosis Clinical Network. Hence, there are opportunities to meet other EIP professionals outside of the Trust and attend CPD sessions run by the group. For applicants who are keen in wider professional development such as teaching, supervising and conducting research, there will also be such opportunities available. We have established good links with University of Hertfordshire DClinPsy course and King's College London, Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc programme.
Main duties of the job This post is suitable for a newly qualified Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist who has a keen interest in psychosis and wants to develop skills and knowledge in Early Intervention in Psychosis.
The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and be skilled in working with recovery based and collaborative approaches to care planning, working flexibly and creatively with people in order to achieve their individual goals. Main responsibilities include good governance of psychological therapies for people with psychosis, providing assessment, therapy, supervision and consultation. An important part of this role is effective data collection to evidence the efficacy of psychological interventions. It is anticipated that this post holder will work with people accessing the service within North Hertfordshire, but there may be a requirement to work more widely across Hertfordshire to develop and deliver the service.
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.
The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:
Our Trust values are:
Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.
These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!
Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?
Then please read on...
Job description Job responsibilities Job Summary:
The PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire) Service has been developed to provide dedicated biopsychosocial care to clients presenting with early intervention needs in psychosis. The Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist will take a central role in providing modern NICE-based psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for this group of clients. Of equal importance will be the support and supervision of psychologically-informed work of other early intervention staff and there will also be a role to play in the provision of relevant training. Evaluation and outcome of the specific psychological interventions will also be central to the role. The role will support governance of all psychological and psychologically-informed interventions within the service, with support from the Senior and Lead Psychologists. On-going service-development will also be a part of the role.All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.
Person Specification QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION/TRAINING Essential
- Doctoral/Masters level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS and current registration with HCPC Or
- A registered qualification (e.g. in nursing, social work, occupational therapy) and further postgraduate qualification training in evidence based psychological therapies, including CBT, and significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner, with BABCP registration and eligibility for BABCP accreditation
- Professional qualification degree level, which should include knowledge and application of research methodology
- Additional specialist knowledge or training in psychological therapies including CBTp and Family Intervention
PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE Essential
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, including at least six months clinical experience working in adult mental health
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life span's 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
- Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well-being
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence based psychological therapy (i.e. CBT, Family Interventionor CFT) relevant to the treatment of adults with complex problems and their families
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
- Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
- Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
- Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
- Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
- Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments
- Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to Adult Mental Health
- Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with mental health problems
- Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
- Experience of working in a community mental health setting
- Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.
- Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
- Experience of service development/project management
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