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Course Tutor/Clinical Psychologist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum | Pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Full Time
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In collaboration with the Directors and the academic, research or clinical teams and particularly the BABCP lead, to plan, co-ordinate and monitor the CBT training activity of the doctoral course and the CBT top up programme for supervisors to obtain BABCP accreditation. To contribute to the training, teaching and supervision as required.

Main duties of the job

To work closely with the Top up programme lead to ensure the smooth running of the clinical and academic work on that programme.

To ensure CBT competencies are delivered and assessed throughout the training of DClinPsy trainees.

For all trainees, coordinating and conducting supervision, case report marking and other activities contributing to BABCP accreditation.

If appropriate, to contribute clinical sessions to Oxford Health Specialist Psychological Intervention Centre (OHSPIC) in an identified area of specialization.

If appropriate, contribute to the work of the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre (OCTC).

About us

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Planning, organising and coordinating key aspects of the BABCP components of the DClinPsy and CBT supervisor top-up training.
  • To plan, co-ordinate or monitor aspects of the CBT activity of the doctoral course and to carry primary responsibility for the planning, coordination and monitoring of agreed aspects of the activity of top up supervisors on our CBT programme. This involves the short-term as well as long-term strategic planning of the programme, including ensuring that the work carried out meets the BABCP requirements, coordinating both the internal and external contributors.
  • To assist with enabling trainees to gain the relevant accreditation both as cognitive behavioural therapists (with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy)
  • To take work with other staff in organising, implementing, and reviewing academic and clinical aspects of the programme CBT modules. This to include teaching and supervision sessions as appropriate.
  • To take responsibility for the planning, submission, and assessment of trainees submissions, including reading plans and drafts as necessary.
  • To provide highly specialist advice to trainees and top up supervisors on suitable topics for course work. This will include supervision of the development of research proposals and projects and highly specialist advice on reports of clinical activity.
  • To work with other staff on evaluating outcomes of the top-up CBT training programme for supervisors
  • To provide doctoral clinical psychology trainees with highly specialist advice aspects of the programme requirements, particularly CBT.
  • To liaise effectively with the Director, Clinical and Academic Directors, Senior Research Tutors, research supervisors, clinical placement supervisors, special interest groups, clinical tutors, academic lecturers, service users and carers, and the Institute administrative staff.
  • To take the lead in or assist with developing a long-term strategy to adjust agreed aspects of the programme in relation to new developments in areas linked to the postholders expertise and programme requirements. This may include teaching specialist skills, drawing on advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in clinical and research areas.
  • To carry responsibility for, or work under, supervision in the development of aspects of the programme for doctoral students and top-up supervisors on a term-by-term basis and for the ongoing implementation of changes to the programme based on the feedback by trainees and trainers.
  • To work closely with OCTC in the delivery of the Top-Up programme.
  • To attend Course meetings to be informed of and contribute to all programme process relevant to the clinical, academic and research development, and line management, of course tutees.
  • To provide individual development, support, and input as appropriate to trainees. This may involve direct exposure to trainees emotional life and individual support for emotionally distressed trainees.

Teaching, Assessment and Supervision
  • To draw on highly specialist skills from own clinical practice to ensure the content of all aspects of the programme is in line with cutting edge developments in research and academic and clinical practice and with requirements set out by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy and other relevant bodies.
  • To contribute to the academic programme in areas of highly specialist CBT expertise by regularly teaching trainees on a range of subjects.
  • To undertake marking and to make complex judgements connected with the assessment of clinical and academic competence of trainees
  • To develop or assist in the development of the teaching resource base for the course team to include highly specialist advice on materials, methods and e-learning.
  • To liaise closely with all members of the course team and OCTC and to actively participate in complex decision making and strategic planning in Course committee and forum meetings.

Policy, service development and implementation
  • To liaise with appropriate external organisations such as the University of Oxford and other national and international academic departments, CBT colleagues in primary, secondary and tertiary care.
  • To take the lead in developing certain external links, and sitting on relevant bodies, to enhance the equality and diversity component of the programme, as agreed with the senior management team.
  • To participate in meetings of the BABCP and other meetings and committees of national bodies relevant to the strategic direction of the Oxford Centre for Psychological Health.
  • To participate actively in the screening and selection process for trainees.
  • To liaise closely will all members of the course team and to actively participate in strategic decision making in Course meetings and committees.
  • To assist the Course Directors with additional duties as appropriate and as agreed to ensure the effective running of the Course which may include the Course quality assurance procedures.
  • To carry out the administrative tasks associated with their role. To keep up to date with and contribute to developments in policy development, service delivery and clinical practice within the relevant specialty area.Information systems
  • To take responsibility for recording information accurately and sensitively, and respecting trainee and supervisor confidentiality in line with the BABCP Code of Conduct and Professional Practice Guidelines.
  • To take part in the planning and organization of systems for recording clinical, supervisory academic and research information relevant to trainees.
  • To update the programme website with all relevant activities.

Research and Development
  • To be actively involved in scholarly activity, including publishing, and initiating original, clinically relevant research.
  • To undertake evaluative research within the programmes.
  • To collaborate with Course team members in research design, implementation, and activity.
  • To engage with the training programme appraisal and personal development plan process both as appraiser and appraisee.

  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders managers.
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in CBT across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of reflective scientist-practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal, and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of CBT and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the BABCP and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific patient group and mental health.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and empirical foundations that underpin the practice of CBT.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation within a relevant specialty area with clients who have complex and challenging needs, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Experience of and training in CTS-R ratings, including variants and equivalents
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in Supervision of CBT
Qualifications Essential
  • Recognised core clinical training (CBT High Intensity Therapist, or Clinical/Counselling Psychology Doctorate or equivalent).
  • BABCP practitioner level accreditation or above.
  • Clinical Psychology Doctorate
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working at an appropriate organisational level within a NHS/University setting
  • Established level of teaching experience and ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings, which may include public speaking.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of a variety of clinical presentations.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of conducting and/or supervising research.
  • Experience of working in a higher education institution in CBT, clinical or counselling psychology training.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychological therapists and/or trainees.
  • Experience of carrying out applied research, supervising research work, publishing research and collaborating with others
  • Experience of organising teaching programmes within Higher Education
Other Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing highly complex, technical and/or sensitive information to a range of professional audiences within and outside the NHS.
  • Shows positive interest in and commitment

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