Clinical / Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist

Employer
West London NHS Trust
Location
London
Salary
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa plus Inner London HCAS
Closing date
30 Oct 2022

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Profession
CBT Therapist / Other
Grade
Band 7
Hours
Full Time
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We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist, with an interest in developing their skills and experience supporting staff across the health and social care sector. As this is a new and developing service we particularly encourage applications from candidates with an interest in service development and innovative practice. Newly qualified psychologists or CBT therapists are also welcome to apply.

The NW London integrated care system has developed a comprehensive and confidential staff wellbeing and psychological support service known as Keeping Well NWL (https://www.keepingwellnwl.nhs.uk). The program is run as a partnership between CNWL and West London NHS Trust.

The aims of the Keeping Well service are as follows:
  • To deliver proactive outreach and engagement across employers and organisations across NWL
  • To build capacity in local employer organisations or teams via training
  • Provide rapid clinical assessment and therapeutic intervention
  • Provide onwards referral and care co-ordination to deliver rapid access to mental health services and support

  • The service has an ongoing commitment to being available and responsive to the staff it supports, and wants them to feel that they matter and are important.

    Main duties of the job

    Alongside some direct clinical work to assess individuals referred to the Keeping Well service the postholder will be responsible for the clinical supervision and line management of Assistant Psychologists within the team. You will also contribute to the development of the educational and training offer for the Keeping Well service.

    You will be working within a close multidisciplinary team who places a great deal of value on nurturing its own wellbeing. The team itself strives to build a culture of compassion and psychological safety, giving recognition to the importance of caring for those who care for others.

    Working patterns will be 9am-5pm with at least one evening session (12pm - 8pm) per week. Currently the team is working part time remote and part time in a clinical space (currently based at 15 Marylebone Road NW1 5JD).

    This post is advertised as a fixed-term position but it could also be filled by a secondment from Central North West London NHS Trust or West London NHS Trust. If you are applying for a secondment then please ensure you speak to your line manager before applying.

    Although the position is advertised as full-time the service will also consider applications from suitably qualified candidates for part-time working hours.

    Please contact Nicole Burnham, Senior Psychologist, at Nicole.burnham@nhs.net if you have any questions about the role

    About us

    West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental and physical health, community and social care in the UK.

    Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

    We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

    We arerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

    We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

    Covid-19 vaccination is a condition of employment for this role, unless an exemption applies. The successful applicant may have contact with vulnerable service users and we will therefore seek proof of being fully vaccinated during the recruitment process.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    Clinical:
    • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the Keeping Well NWL Service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care
    • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a 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 care settings
    • To assess, generate formulations and intervene using different theoretical frameworks, as appropriate
    • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations and drawing upon different explanatory models.
    • To play a key role in the development and delivery of therapeutic groups and reflective practice to Teams in both an online and in-person context.
    • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
    • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.
    • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
    • To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals and contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
    • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the Keeping Well NWL service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
    • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management. To work with clients who are at current risk of suicide or self-harm
    • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care
    • To assess and deliver highly complex, sensitive and contentious information in a hostile, antagonistic and emotional atmosphere, e.g. deciding whether clients are suitable for particular services, or explaining that a service is not available for a client, or having to break confidentiality and refer them to Social Services because of concerns about harm to children.
    • To work clinically with translators
    • To assist in the development and facilitation, in partnership with local employer organisations and teams, psychoeducational training programmes and workshops to maintain and support staff wellbeing


    Workforce

    • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
    • The postholder will receive regular individual clinical supervision from an appropriately qualified supervisor.


    Financial
    • No budgetary responsibilities


    Partnerships


    • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care. To assess and deliver highly complex, sensitive and contentious information in a hostile, antagonistic and emotional atmosphere, e.g. deciding whether clients are suitable for particular services, or explaining to families about the prognosis, or explaining that a service is not available for a client, or having to break confidentiality and refer them to Social Services because of concerns about harm to children.


    Teaching, training, and supervision

    • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision, as appropriate.
    • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior Keeping Well NWL practitioner and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
    • To provide professional and clinical supervision to other members of the team, including Assistant Psychologists. As appropriate, to provide this to trainees and other clinical staff.
    • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of staff, as appropriate.
    • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.


    Management, recruitment, policy and service development

    • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
    • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
    • To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.


    IT responsibilities
    • To create or format databases or spreadsheets using computerised systems where appropriate, such as SPSS, Excel spreadsheets and other packages.
    • To enter and retrieve data using the Keeping Well service systems.


    Research and service evaluation

    • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
    • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
    • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
    General

    • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s).
    • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in CBT / counselling across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of Staff Wellbeing and related disciplines.
    • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the relevant professional / regulatory body (BABCP / UKCP / BACP / HCPC) and Trust policies and procedures.

    To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counseling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS and registered with the HCPC. Or: A post graduate diploma or higher degree in CBT and be accredited by the BABCP as a provisionally or fully accredited practitioner, or to be able to achieve provisional practitioner accreditation with the BABCP within six months of starting in post .
    Desirable
    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    • Fully accredited with the BABCP
    • Further specialist training, in an evidence-based psychological therapy, e.g. IPT, DIT, CfD, CTfD, BCT, EMDR or DBT
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems that reflect a range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    Desirable
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients within an IAPT service
    • Experience of delivering psychotherapeutic groups and/ or reflective practice
    • Experience of the application of CBT / counselling in different cultural contexts.

    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.

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