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Band 8a Senior Psychologist/Psychological Therapist - Wiltshire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to join a growing team and be part of expanding and transforming services for those who have complex emotional needs/a diagnosis of personality disorder?

As a result of transformation funding we are looking to recruit a passionate and committed practitioner to lead on developing high quality supervision and reflective practice across our services. You will join the personality disorder pathway team and lead on developing a robust clinical model of supervision and reflective practice as well strengthen connectedness with partner organisations and experts by experience.

We would welcome interest from candidates who are committed to co-producing the development of the BSW provision through participation in clinical research, audit and/or quality improvement projects. The post holder will ideally be either a Psychologist oran accredited psychological therapist (BABCP, UKCP) with a professional registration in a core profession.

As well as working closely within the personality disorder pathway team, you will receive excellent support and input from more senior and well established members of the BANES psychological therapies team (PTS) as you will be co-located within this team. There will be opportunities for regular connection to the wider PTS, including opportunities for continuing professional development and development of innovative research projects.

Main duties of the job

As the Supervision and Reflective Practice Lead, you will be responsible for developing the reflective practice and supervision offer across the system.

This will include facilitation of group reflective practice, delivery of training in supervision and reflective practice, and evaluating the quality of supervision and reflective practice in BSW. As a senior psychological therapist, you will work closely with the Clinical Lead for personality disorders in establishing good governance and robust clinical models for the network.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post is a developmental one and you will be actively involved in developing local approaches and joint working. Initially it will involve scoping existing practice (over a three to six month period), as well as clinical input with existing services and service users to review their needs, provide treatment, and support the development of a supervision and reflective practice model within the core mental health teams and key partner organisations.

It will then develop further to support via supervision, reflective practice, and training (along with the dedicated new B6 and B7 roles) a consistent clearly articulated trauma-informed model for working with complex emotional needs/personality disorders. This work will be supported by the existing personality disorder pathway team (Clinical Lead, 4 x B7 specialist practitioners), the 18-25 Complex Emotional Needs team, and existing staff in Psychological Therapy services.

Aspects of the role include:

Supporting the Clinical lead in driving the adoption and embedding of the principles of relational trauma-informed practice across the system, by providing guidance to services and practitioners in implementing good practice within their clinical practice and their organizational approaches.

Providing high-quality training on supervision and reflective practice that can be accessed and understood by a wide range of clinical and non-clinical professionals. This includes adapting the training as appropriate to the needs of the group, using a variety of learning materials and managing group dynamics. The training may be face-to-face or virtual depending on restrictions and need.

Supporting a Community of Practice to allow sharing of learning and good practice.

Ensuring the systematic provision of a high-quality therapy service for personality disorders/complex emotional needs.

Contributing to the integration of mental health and wellbeing services across the BSW Integrated care system.

Providing clinical leadership and supervision to less experienced staff members, trainees and volunteers within the Trust and partner organisations.

Carrying a specialist caseload of clients and providing psychological therapy 1.5 days a week.

Working autonomously within professional guidelines and exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychotherapy/therapy practice within professional and Trust guidelines.

Promoting collaboration and new ways of working across a wide variety of statutory and non-statutory organisations.

A. Clinical1. To provide a high quality and largely autonomous supervision and reflective practice offer.2. To undertake highly specialist assessments, including risk assessment and suitability for other specific interventions with clients and their families.3. To formulate and implement plans for the complex treatment and or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a full range of care settings.4. To be responsible for providing a supervision and reflective practice to teams in relation to complex emotional needs/personality disorder and complex co-morbid presentations.5. To liaise closely with virtual multi-disciplinary teams within PCNs (primary care networks) and to provide highly specialist consultation to members of various teams in relation to complex emotional needs/personality disorder and complex co-morbid presentations.6. To be involved in the development and delivery of training when appropriate.7. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements.8. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.9. To enter data as requested by the service or the Trust in a timely manner.

B. Management1. Provide line management for B6 and B7 staff within the service2. Provide caseload supervision to more junior staff3. Represent the service at meetings4. Coordinate small scale projects as requested

C. Professional1. To fully adhere to the codes of conduct and practice of the relevant professional body for your qualifications and registration.2. To be aware of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures. Copies of Trust policies can be accessed via the intranet3. Participate in local and Trust wide therapy meetings as appropriate4. To maintain and develop high standards of clinical practice by engaging in continuing professional development and cooperative working with other therapists.5. Participate in annual appraisal6. To participate in clinical supervision

D. Service Governance1. To participate in service governance within your profession and within the LDU to maintain safe, effective service delivery that responds to service user feedback.2. To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit3. To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared4. To promote the use of effective and evidence based interventions in the service.

E. Training and staff development1. To provide training in supervision and reflective practice to a wide range of professionals.2. To provide training, supervision and consultation in relation to complex emotional needs/personality disorder and complex co-morbid presentations to other teams and staff. This could include joint assessment, formulations and planning of interventions to be implemented by other members of the team or other teams.3. To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop specific knowledge and skills for staff in the area.4. To agree a plan of personal development with line manager.

F. SERVICE / POLICY DEVELOPMENT1. To collaborate with specialist staff and other agencies in the LDU to extend the range of specialist psychological individual, family and group interventions available across the area.2. To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams as appropriate.3. To assist managers in service development

G. Research and development1. To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate2. To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness of current service delivery and informing the development of services relevant to client needs3. To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues form other departments undertaking research in the area

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Qualified Clinical / Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent) or Qualified Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist or Qualified CBT or Art Therapist
  • Educated to Doctorate level or demonstrate equivalent level of knowledge, experience and skill
  • Registration with BABCP/UKCP/HCPC other regulatory body
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified interventions related to personality disorders/trauma
Knowledge, skills and experience Essential
  • Ability to integrate complex data, make highly skilled evaluations and decisions and take a long term perspective Extensive post qualification experience within a variety of mental health settings
  • Experience of delivering highly specialised psychological therapy to a high standard
  • Experience of delivering training, teaching and consultation
  • Experience of giving clinical supervision
  • Extensive experience of risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation i.e. Mental Health Act
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Well organised with good administration skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Experience of undertaking leadership roles within psychological therapy services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi disciplinary, multi agency contexts
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience
  • Ability to cope with workload and able to prioritise work
  • Post qualification training in supervision
  • Knowledge and experience of reflective practice
  • Research or clinical audit experience

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