Practitioner Psychologist

Employer
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Location
North West Essex
Salary
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Profession
Practitioner
Grade
Band 7
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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The post holder will use evidence-based interventions in a trauma informed and user-led way in order to reduce repeat or long term admissions to psychiatric hospitals and support clients to live more meaningfully within the community. The post holder will work across inpatient, crisis and community teams within each locality of the trust, working both directly and indirectly with service users requiring additional support in times of transition, most commonly from inpatient to community services. You will collaboratively formulate their difficulties in an integrative way, taking added complexities including dual diagnosis, social and economic stressors, attachment/interpersonal difficulties and complex trauma experiences into account.

There isweekly clinical supervision, regular managerial supervision, and a peer supervision group facilitated by an external supervisor. There will be opportunity for role and service development, service user involvement and audit/service evaluation. Interventions are integrative/attachment formulation-led, and the service allows for long-term and intensive work as needed. The post holder will develop close working relationships with inpatient, crisis and community teams, and there will be opportunities to teach, train, consult and supervise as appropriate. The team supports some of the most complex service users seen in our trust, and as such excellent clinical, interpersonal, team working and risk assessment skills are required.

Main duties of the job

  • Develop and lead the implementation of specialist Transition Psychology services for clients who have complex needs and require additional support with transitions across and throughout Essex.
  • Be responsible for the initial assessment process, as well as observation and the ongoing comprehensive and specialist assessment, providing accurate and timely feedback.
  • Be competent in use of relevant screening and assessment tools
  • Provide compassionate formulations and therapeutic interventions and/or management plans based on appropriate conceptual frameworks and evidence-based therapeutic approaches, taking into account factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group, National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines for complex conditions and National Health guidance on managing SMI.
  • Deliver and review psychologically informed interventions including 1:1 therapy, family therapy and group therapy.

Please view the job description for more information

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Transitions Psychology Team consists of a group of practitioners (psychologists and psychotherapists) working across and throughout Essex, using evidence-based interventions in a trauma informed and user-led way in order to reduce repeat or long term admissions to psychiatric hospitals.

The team was developed following a pilot project that showed a significant, sustained reduction in inpatient admissions after input from a Transitions Psychologist, highlighting that flexible, integrative and long-term support helps clients live more meaningfully within the community and can lead to lasting change.

The Transitions Psychologist roles form part of a wider service transformation for people who attract a diagnosis of personality disorder and/or have complex needs, which supports the aspirations identified in the NHS Long Term Plan and Community Mental Health Framework. This represents the first phase in planned growth in the integrated management of people with complex needs, embedding trauma informed care across and throughout services.

Transitions Psychologists work across inpatient, crisis and community teams within each locality of the trust, allowing for a whole systems approach, unencumbered by usual service divides. This role presents an exciting opportunity to work both directly and indirectly with service users who are requiring additional support in times of transition, most commonly from inpatient to community services, though the scope of the role is mouldable for the right applicant. Our service users have a range of diagnoses including personality disorder, psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder; we collaboratively formulate their difficulties in an integrative way, taking added complexities including dual diagnosis, social and economic stressors, attachment/interpersonal difficulties and complex trauma experiences into account.

The role attracts many benefits, and funding for relevant CPD will be provided in the first three years. We value staff wellbeing highly in what can be a challenging, but ultimately hugely rewarding, role. There is access to weekly clinical supervision, regular managerial supervision, and a peer supervision group facilitated by an external supervisor. The roles are also aligned with the Essex-wide Specialist Personality Disorders and Complex Needs MDT from whom support will be received.

The new team is developing under the guidance of an experienced Consultant Psychologist, and Principal Clinical Psychologist, and as such attracts opportunity for role and service development, service user involvement and audit/service evaluation with a small but supportive and specialised team. The team currently offers interventions for complex trauma and psychosis (Embodied, Systemic, Psychodynamic approaches, as well as CBT) and would welcome applicants with therapeutic interests that could further improve this offer.

Interventions are integrative/attachment formulation-led, and the service allows for long-term and intensive work as needed. The team is also developing close working relationships with inpatient, crisis and community teams, and the role would offer opportunities to teach, train, consult and supervise where appropriate. The team supports some of the most complex service users seen in our trust, and as such excellent clinical, interpersonal, team working and risk assessment skills are required.

If you are a therapy practitioner (Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, or experienced Psychotherapist {BCP or UKCP registered}), who is looking for a role that allows you to focus first and foremost on your clients; which offers challenge, support and development; which values trauma informed, whole systems approaches; and which places you within a friendly and dedicated team of like-minded individuals, please get in touch to discuss if Transitions Psychology is right for you.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling/forensic psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC.
Desirable
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
Work experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working within relevant NHS mental health services and multidisciplinary teams.
  • Experience of supervision
Desirable
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of Acute psychiatric inpatient work and extensive experience of working with people diagnosed with Personality Disorders.


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