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Specialist Psychological Therapist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Psychologist Therapist - Band 7 Learning Disability Adult Services (Part time/job share considered)

Are you looking for the chance to work creatively within a dynamic team with a client group of adults with learning disabilities and Autism with a range of diverse clinical needs within North Staffordshire

We are looking for someone with a good understanding of the specialist field of Learning Disability and experience of delivering psychological interventions; with a core qualification in at least one relevant therapeutic model.

The post holder will sit within a wider MDT and core Psychology team.

Working predominately within the community team but reaching into inpatient services and across into the Intensive Support team.

The post-holder will be expected to deliver expert and effective psychological services assessments, formulations and interventions within their own caseload, and support and offer training to MDTs where needed.

The post will operate with the support and supervision from Consultant Clinical Psychologists and the team's Band 8 Clinical Psychologist. The therapist will also be offering support to the teams Psychological Assistant.

Combined Health Care has a CQC rating of outstanding and there are good opportunities for ongoing CPD within the team. Making this job an attractive opportunity.

For more information please contact Ellie Powney or Claire Lamb on 03001231152

Main duties of the job

The post holder will:
  • Be a member of the Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT).
  • Work as an independent practitioner within the multi-disciplinary team and will therefore be responsible for their own professional actions.
  • Provide a high level of analytical skills to assess and make judgements by interpreting complex facts where there is a range of options and making formulations and decisions for the best course of treatment and actions.
  • Participate in the development of an evolving learning disability service.
  • Participate in the provision of psychological therapies within community learning disability health services in North Staffordshire.
  • Provide advice to the integrated teams on psychological approaches and continuing healthcare referrals.
  • Develop complimentary roles as agreed with the Caseload Manager to meet objectives for improving the health for adults with learning disabilities as set out in the Department of Health White Paper Valuing People - A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century and Valuing People Now.
  • Undertake the supervision of clinical practice teaching to other professionals.
  • Provide a broad range of evidenced-based psychological and therapeutic approaches in a diversity of settings. This will encompass assessment, interpretation of data, diagnosis, design, implementation and evaluation of treatment and is based on professional expertise.
  • Work directly with clients their families and other carers.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country. Whether you are about to qualify, newly qualified or an experienced practitioner, we want to meet you and discuss the possibility of you joining this great Team.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience.

Job description Job responsibilities


Plan, organise and manage the clinical work according to the identified need and in consultation with the Team Manager, this will include effective clinical and time management thus contributing to the waiting list audit and management within the speciality. Thus ensuring:

Close working with other services aiming to reduce health inequalities and improve access to universal services.

The provision of early intervention aimed at promoting and maintaining the health of adults with a learning disability. This will be achieved through individual and group therapy.

Undertake assessment of client need; make decisions on the suitability of new referrals and signpost appropriately within the CLDT. When required contribute to the multi professional assessment of adults with learning disability.

Provide specialist psychological assessment of clients referred, analysing the clients individual history and current needs, their mental/physical health status, and considering the broader bio-psychosocial perspective, including the context of the informal and formal carers.

Undertake judgements relating to the interpretation of complex facts for the purpose of diagnosis and when making comparisons where there are a range of options.

Undertake reasoned and analytical assessment, plan formulations for supporting clients with mental health needs in addition to their learning disability, including the adoption of assessments through collaborative working, embracing the process of the Care Programme Approach, (CPA).

Following the assessment provide specialist advice to the client and formal/informal carers regarding the appropriate options for psychosocial interventions and psychological therapy and, where appropriate to refer or signpost clients to other specialist services within the statutory and non-statutory agencies.

Develop specialised therapeutic programmes and support packages for people with learning disabilities who may have additional complex needs or challenging behaviour.

Provide highly specialist advice relating to programs of care and therapeutic treatment for both groups and individuals. Assess, plan and implement diagnostic interventions and provide advice and consultation in area of specialism.

To similarly design, implement and evaluate programmes of couple/family therapy as required.

To continually monitor and evaluate the psychological interventions and therapies delivered, and to re-formulate and modify interventions as new information becomes available. This may include the development of client assessments and interventions which will require frequent and intense levels of concentration.

Take responsibility for the provision of consultation and advice given to clients and their carers, but may not provide this care directly in all interventions.

Work face to face with individuals who might display physical aggression and who are in psychological distress.

To make an informed risk assessment and throughout any psychological intervention, to monitor and manage risk to the client and others.

During clinical work with clients who may be highly emotional and distressed, to maintain positive and empathetic relationships and appropriate professional boundaries at all times.

To plan, implement and evaluate a wide range of therapeutic interventions ensuring evidence based practice according to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.

Demonstrate the clear and effective use of outcome measures for all clients to ensure that optimum psychological and mental health needs are met.

Contribute to assessments of adults with learning disabilities eligible for Continuing Healthcare funding using the Decision Support Tool and contribute to the coordination of support packages ensuring person centeredness, high quality standards and value for money to meet the desired clinical outcomes.

Deliver services in a sensitive, respectful and person centred way adapting systems of communication to meet service users cognitive ability.

To hold a valid nursing or other professionally registered qualification and adhere to the guidelines and standards of the professional body.

Maintain continuing professional development and an awareness of current development within LD Psychological Therapy practise by attending internal and external training events as identified through the Trust PDR process and in line with the divisional business plan.

Maintain up to date and accurate individual client records in line with Trust policy using the agreed IT systems to produce high quality reports as appropriate and to maintain the highest standard of care.

To ensure that all policies, procedures and guidelines are followed, reporting any deviations to senior staff.

Maintain appropriate and accurate records as required by the Trust and Community Learning Disability Team.

Ensure that there is efficient transfer of clients between team members and accordance with local policy.

To set professional standards of care and to monitor, measure and audit the effectiveness of care given

To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post as directed by the relevant managers and as identified as service priority.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate Diploma in a recognised and appropriate psychological therapy, e.g. CBT, counselling, psychotherapy or family therapy. Additional specialist training relating to the clinical role as therapist and/or clinical supervisor. Including experience of providing Positive Behavioural Support. Membership and accreditation with recognised and appropriate therapy organisation; i.e. BABCP, BACP, AFT or the ability to demonstrate active pursuit of accreditation.
Experience Essential
  • Experience, prior to appointment, of providing psychological interventions to clients with complex needs - either as a learning disability professional or as a therapist within a related statutory/non-statutory organisation. Experience of working autonomously in complex areas using a broad range of therapeutic approaches.

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust
Community LD Team



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