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Highly Specialist Psychological Therapist/Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Bexley / Dartford
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated Psychological Therapist for a whole-time post (1.0 WTE).

The majority of the role will be based in secure care, where you will work to embed psychological and trauma informed approaches to care with a particular focus on the experiences of families, carers and loved ones. In your role, you will be supported by a senior psychologist to lead the family and carers strategy for the Directorate and facilitate a family and carers forum.

The current post is for a full-time Band 8a psychological therapist based at the Bracton Centre near Bexley.

Main duties of the job

You will hold responsibility for the psychology delivery to an inpatient ward specifically for service users with presenting problems that have been unsuccessfully addressed within traditional models of forensic inpatient care and who may benefit from a more psychosocial, needs-based model. Here you will oversee psychological approaches to service users who have mental health issues associated with risk of harm, often co-occurring with substance dependency, neurodevelopmental disorders and attachment difficulties. You will have opportunities to work with individual service users as well as group interventions, and to work closely with the nursing team and wider multi-disciplinary team.

To support clinical skills in a psychological-therapies specific setting, the role also provides an exiting opportunity to hold a small clinical caseload in our outpatient psychological therapies service, the William Morris Centre.

You will supervise an assistant psychologist and students and trainees undertaking placements for clinical and forensic psychology. Further, the post includes opportunities to undertake CPD, deliver teaching and training, and to undertake and supervise research and audit related to service delivery.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Key responsibilities include:
  • To clinically deliver psychological assessments and interventions to a caseload of inpatient and community service users.
  • To offer psychological advice and consultation to multi-disciplinary colleagues and other agencies that promotes patient, carer and staff safety and wellbeing.
  • With support from the Inpatient Psychology Lead and line manager, to promote psychological and trauma informed approaches to care with a particular focus on the experiences of families, carers and loved ones.
  • Supported by a senior psychologist, to lead the family and carers strategy for the Directorate and facilitate a family and carers forum.
  • Responsibility for supervising and professionally managing assistant psychologists.
  • Supervising and oversight of the supervision of trainees and students.
  • Enable all staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by contributing to a psychologically safe environment.
  • To undertake delegated tasks pertaining to governance and service developments relevant to the role.
  • To work autonomously with professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, research, and policy and service development within the forensic specialties directorate.
  • To champion the Trusts vision and values.

Please refer to the Job Description for more details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oEntry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession or equivalent and demonstrable practice in this field (ie professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration. (A/I) oAdditional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice (through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical psychological therapy practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher. (A/I)
HCPC Essential
  • Has HCPC registration
  • Imminent HCPC registration (e.g. awaiting finalisations of doctoral award)
Experience Essential
  • oCompletion of a minimum of 18 months full-time (or equivalent part-time) post-doctoral / post qualification supervised experience (A/I)
Relevance of experience Essential
  • o18 months+ post-qual experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of diverse clients with the full range of clinical severity under supervision
  • Experience in less relevant settings

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