Cognitive Behavioural Therapist/Clinical Psychologist
Oldham Early Intervention Team
Band & salary scale
7 or equivalent
Hours of work
37.5 part time hours will be considered
The post holder will join a well-established and supportive early intervention in psychosis service for people aged between 14-65 who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or at risk mental state and their families. The team is multi-disciplinary and offers NICE concordant care, which includes an emphasis on access to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Family Interventions.
We are looking to appoint a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBTp) or Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work in the Early Intervention in psychosis service in Oldham. The post is full time but part time hours will be considered.
Main duties of the job
This post holder will take on the Cognitive behavioural therapist role for the team providing specialist psychological assessment and psychological therapy. In addition the post holder will be expected to work closely with the multidisciplinary team in supporting colleagues and contributing to the ongoing development of the team.
The team is based in a high quality purpose built office and clinical space. There is opportunity to work flexibly and for personal development including opportunity to attend role specific training.
As the team has adapted to requirements of COVID-19 we are able to offer interventions in different formats including virtual with some provision for home working.
Job description Job responsibilities
Key Responsibilities of the Post:
Carry out specialist psychological assessments to identify individuals considered to be at; high risk of developing a serious mental health problem using the Comprehensive Assessment of At-Risk Mental States (CAARMS) and/or to have developed a first episode psychosis (PANSS).
To provide evidence based psychological therapies (CBTp and FI) for those with ARMS, FEP and their families/carers.
Offer consultation on psychological informed approaches to working with psychosis, as well as having a role in supporting and developing psychologically informed care within the team.
Key Requirements of the Person Specification:
- Professional registration as a clinical psychologist, nurse, social worker or occupational therapist.
- Previous experience of working with clients with psychosis and possess post professional qualification to be able to offer cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (BABCP registration).
- Use of a car or access to a means of mobility and ability to travel is essential to the post.
Person Specification Education and Qualifications Essential
- A good degree (2.1) or above in psychology and a post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology OR a good degree/diploma (2.1 or above) in nursing, socila work or occupational therapy and a specialist cognitive therapy qualification (eg PGDip or MSC in cognitive Behavioural Therapy) AND BABCP accreditation
- Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
- Experience of applying cognitive behaviour therapy approaches to psychosis
- Experience in offering family intervention
- Experience of applying cognitive therapy approaches to anxiety disorders
- Experience of conducting high quality risk assessments and implementing risk management plans
- Experience of formulating client's presenting problems using psychological models
- Experience of delivering formulation driven interventions
- Specialist experience in early intervention for psychosis, cognitive therapy for psychosis and the prevention of psychosis (e.g. specialist placement, previous employment in the early intervention service or participant in a research trial)
- CBT psychosis (CBTp) post graduate qualification
- Experience in the use of psychosis-specific semi structure interviews (e.g. PANSS: CAARMS: PSYRATS).
- Experience of supervising the delivery of psychological approaches.
- Experience of work with adolescents using evidence based psychological approach.
- Relevant research experience.
- A high level of knowledge about evidence based psychological therapies (including cognitive behaviour therapy and family intervention) for psychosis and anxiety disorders
- A high level of knowledge and expertise about Early Intervention for Psychosis
- Knowledge about applying and adapting cognitive behaviour therapy to adolescents
- A high level of knowledge about the evidence base for interventions for an At Risk Mental State and the prevention of the development of serious mental health problems
Skills and Abilities Essential
- The ability to work effectively in a multi disciplinary team
- High level of clinical skills to apply evidence based psychological interventions to a range of presenting problems in adolescents and adults
- An ability to work independently and problem solve
- An ability to work independently to identify and manage risk
- To be self-motivated and to manage time effectively
- An ability to interact appropriately and professionally with colleagues
- An ability to interact appropriately with young people considered at risk of developing psychosis and their families
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team
- Ability to deliver service presentation at liaison events to encourage appropriate service referrals
- Able to manage periods of prolonged concentration in client's sessions and in administration tasks
- Ability to work and communicate effectively in a highly emotive or hostile environment
- Experience of delivering service presentations and liaison to outside agencies to encourage referrals
Work Related Circumstances Essential
- Interested in working with people considered to be at a high risk of developing psychosis
- Flexibility in working hours required to meet client need
- Willing to engage in training to meet the needs of this client group
- Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
- Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
- Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure
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