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Trainee Psychological Therapist - Band 6 - Older Adult - Coastal IDT

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross pa
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Old Age
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a ground-breaking opportunity to train to be a CBT therapist with older adults, with a focus on psychosis and bipolar. Do you have a core mental health practitioner qualification? Can you demonstrate a passion and commitment to working with and alongside, and advocating for, older people? Then this is the post for you. You will be based with the Older Adults Community Team at at Walker Close in Ipswich, working the Coastal area. There will be opportunities to work with people in the other teams (Ipswich and Stowmarket).

The service provides support to individuals who are struggling to thrive due to a mental health difficulty and/or a dementia. The MDT strives to understand the person within the context of their informal / formal support networks and psychological interventions are tailored accordingly.

This is a wonderful opportunity to join the service at an exciting time of service transformation. Psychology and therapies is well integrated, respected and valued and this post provides the opportunity to develop direct clinical skills alongside consultation and MDT working.

The service is working towards Royal College of Psychiatrists Accreditation and we are proud of our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our service users and carers.

Main duties of the job

This is a training post at band 6 while you undertake the CBT (psychosis and bipolar) diploma with UCL in the first 2 years and then once qualified you will work as a band 7 CBT therapist within the service. As an integral part of the MDT, you will offer formulation, consultation, supervision and training, as well as direct work with older people with a range of mental health difficulties and dementia, and their families and carers.

You will undertake CBT assessment, formulation and intervention.

There is a team of friendly and supportive psychologists and arts / psychological therapists working with older people in East Suffolk, including an 8b Psychologist in the Memory Assessment Service, a CAT therapist, an Art Therapist, a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist in the acute service and 3 Clinical Associate Psychologists, as well as trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement.

About us

The service line has had feedback from service users and carers about being a very skilled, kind and compassionate service. It has a very strong focus on working together, with a very proactive leadership and a strong focus on development. We are proud of our strong, collaborative team relationships. If you are interested we would welcome informal discussions with the Clinical Team Leader, Gail Collyer or Interim Psychology / Therapies Lead Ruth Mills Do get in touch!

Job description
Job responsibilities

To accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service.

To assess service users for suitability for CBT. Where the problems appear to be too complex or severe to be appropriate for a trainee therapist, to refer to manager / supervisor for advice on how to manage the case.

To make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the service referral protocols and refer on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent where appropriate.

To formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for service users.

To educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity in easily understood language.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • 2.2 in a UK undergraduate degree (or equivalent overseas qualification). Other academic qualifications of an equivalent standard can be taken into account.
  • A core mental health practitioner qualification or KSA route.
  • Post qualification experience of working with people with serious mental health problems.

  • Significant experience of working in mental health services.
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of a range of mental health difficulties and how they may present in Secondary Care.

  • Ability to evaluate and put in place the effect of training.

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“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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