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Highly Specialist Psychologist / Psychotherapist

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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An opportunity has arisen for a band 8a Psychologist/Psychotherapist to join the Secondary Care Psychological Therapies Team in the Tameside Borough. The post-holder will support the team in delivering psychological services within the CMHT community pathway.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service for people referred to the Tameside & Glossop (T&G) Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service (SCPTS).

To provide consultation and formulation to staff within Tameside & Glossop CMHTs supported by Clinical Psychology colleagues.

The post holders will provide specialist assessment, formulation and interventions for a clinical caseload.

A key function of the role will be to support T&G CMHT practitioners and to develop a psychological understanding and context for service users and carers.

Operating in an integrated and inclusive style you will work closely with the MDTs to support the development of individual care planning.

About us

Our team consists of admin workers, CBT therapists (with additional trainings in EMDR, DBT, Family Interventions), an Art Therapist and a group of Clinical Psychologists with additional trainings in CAT, Schema Therapy and MBT. We also regularly have trainee Clinical Psychologists and other trainee psychological therapists on placement.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi structured interviews with service users and carers.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and / or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings. Clinical work requiring intense concentration over prolonged periods and also frequently involving working with highly distressed service users.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across the teams, developing and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models. Judgement regarding choice of therapy intervention is based on appraisal of evidence based therapeutic options.

To evaluate and make decisions about intervention options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.

To provide specialist psychological support, consultation and guidance to other professionals contributing directly to the service users assessment, formulation and intervention plan.

To ensure that all members of the team have access to a psychologically-based framework for understanding and caring for the service user, through the provision of advice, consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

To communicate and receive highly complex and contentious information in a skilled and sensitive manner, in the course of psychological assessment and therapy.

To provide training and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the teams.

To deliver a care package appropriate for the service users needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging service user reviews as required and communicating effectively and monitoring progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • achieved grades

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