Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Wiltshire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with an interest in staff wellbeing to join the Wellbeing Matters team, covering NHS and Social Care staff in BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire. We are a small and friendly team who are passionate about staff wellbeing.

This role would suit someone working as a newly qualified psychologist who would like to expand their skills and responsibilities, or for someone looking for a refreshing change of direction. There are opportunities to help develop the service and be creative and innovative. You will ideally have experience of working in primary or secondary care adult mental health services and experience of training/project work.

This is a permanent post and the team are funded by NHS England until 2023, and we are hopeful that this will be extended. If the situation arises that funding is not extended, the role will be redeployed to another appropriate vacancy within AWP. We will consider requests to work part time or job share (minimum of 2.5 days per week). For more information please contact Emma Clack (07920 243755).

Main duties of the job

Your role will involve the following functions:
  • Clinical assessments, formulation, and interventions, helping staff access the support they need
  • Assist local teams/services through consultation, support and training on staff wellbeing (designing training materials and other resources as needed)
  • Supervision (e.g. assistant psychologist)
  • Supporting service evaluation and reporting
  • Proactively engage staff in health and social care organisations

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

A. CLINICALTo provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinical psychology service.

To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies with clients and their carers (as appropriate to the role).

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of inpatient care settings.

To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service

To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in the area and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of those teams.

To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by teams.

To be involved in the development and delivery of training within the Trust

To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Service.

To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.

To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner

B. MANAGEMENTDelegated day to day operational management of more junior staff

Delegated caseload supervision

Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested

The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested

C.PROFESSIONALTo fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCP. To fully observe the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and the DCP Guidelines for the Professional Practice of Clinical Psychology (1995).

To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area, Clinical Psychology policies and procedures. Copies of Trust Policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.

To participate in local psychology meetings and trust wide meetings as appropriate.

To maintain and develop high standards of clinical psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with other clinical psychologists.

To participate in an annual performance appraisal

To participate in clinical supervision

D.SERVICE GOVERNANCETo participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the LDU to maintain a safe, effective service which responds to Service User feedback.

To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.

To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.

To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.

E.TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENTTo provide supervision for clinical psychology trainees from regional training courses and elsewhere as appropriate.

To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in multidisciplinary teams. This is to include joint assessment, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by other team members with service users.

To contribute to the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care across service settings through providing teaching, training, consultation and supervision.

To provide training and supervision to assistant psychologists .

To participate in peer supervision arrangements for psychologists in the area.

To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop psychological skills for staff in the area.

To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines.

To agree a plan of personal development with the line manager and professional lead for the service.

F.SERVICE / POLICY DEVELOPMENTTo collaborate with specialist staff and other agencies in the LDU to extend the range of specialist psychological individual, family and group interventions available across the area.

To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams as appropriate.

To advise managers of service developments

G.RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENTTo engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.

To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness of current service delivery and informing the development of services relevant to client needs.

To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
Skills Essential
  • Psychological assessment skills and knowledge

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