We are looking for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist / Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (B7) to join the Adult Community Eating Disorder (ACED) team in Oxford.
We are passionate about what we do and will be looking for someone who can join an 'up and coming' community team which is in the process of developing a new service model to address the needs of the people of Oxfordshire in the 21st century. We are moving towards the development of a life span service and have good links with colleagues in the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Services as well as other Adult Community Eating Disorder services across the Thames Valley region.
The successful applicant will have excellent interpersonal skills which will enable them to thrive within a multi-disciplinary team context and in working with this complex patient group and their families. If you have interests you wish to develop, then please discuss with us.
Main duties of the job
The main component of the role will be in providing high quality specialist CBT-ED (both on a 1-1 and in group format) to patients and their carers/families who are referred to the eating disorder service. There will be opportunities to develop skills by working with other colleagues as appropriate.
You will be required to offer supervision to trainee and assistant psychologists and offer advice and consultation, to the multi-disciplinary team. Specific support and supervision is provided by an 8B Clinical Psychologist, as well as from a range of nursing, psychiatry and social work colleagues.
You will be ambitious and have a positive attitude and outstanding clinical skills. Experience of working within the field of eating disorders would be extremely advantageous, however the service will consider applicants with a genuine interest in the client group and those who are willing to undertake a comprehensive induction and training and show a commitment to the development of the service.
The post is based at the Warneford Hospital, Oxford but we provide a service across the whole of Oxfordshire. Our service provides a stepped-care model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as those with co-morbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community.
The Adult Community Eating Disorder team is a multi-disciplinary team comprised of Clinical Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Nursing staff, Social Worker, Assistant Psychologists, Community Support Workers and team Administrators.
The service provides an integrated formulation-based model tailored to the needs of adults with a primary diagnosis of an eating disorder as well as those with comorbid mental health problems and their carers. We offer a range of evidence-based treatments for eating disorders and deliver these within the community.
The service offers excellent opportunities for supervision, service development, service evaluation and research, teaching and training including CBT-e. We have good supervision and operational structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as good links with Oxford University, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. The service is also committed to evidence-based and evidence generating practice and you will have the opportunity to be part of service evaluation and Quality Improvement. 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
Applicants must have a full valid driving licence and access to a car for work, if necessary adjustments can be considered in line with the Equality Act 2010.
The service operates 5 days per week Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.
We would love to hear from you if you are interested in this role - please do get in contact with us. 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 Qualifications and Registration Essential
- Doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies, and lifespan developmental psychology
- HCPC accredited as a clinical/counselling psychologist OR Accredited CBT Therapist or able to demonstrate that you are now accreditable with the BABCP
- Further qualification/CPD training in the treatment of eating disorders
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, day services and inpatient settings.
- Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course 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 threat of physical abuse
- Experience delivering evidence-based treatments for eating disorders, particularly CBT-ED
- Experience of working in an inpatient, day-patient or community service for eating disorders
- Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts
- Experience of running / co-running groups
Knowledge and Skills Essential
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
- Well-developed skills to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
- Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC (or other relevant professional bodies as appropriate)
- Good organisational and timemanagement skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
- Ability to communicate/listen formally and informally, verbally and in writing
- Ability to reflect on own practice and willingness to be involved in supervision
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with adults with mental health difficulties, including eating disorders
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