Band 7 CBT Therapist (Full time, Permanent Post) - High Weald, Lewes & Havens (HWLH) Community Mental Health Services, Uckfield, East Sussex.
We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic, BABCP registered CBT therapist to join our friendly and innovative team. This is a permanent, full-time post.
The next 5 years are going to be an exciting period of change for community mental health services. The successful candidate will join a welcoming, highly-skilled and enthusiastic community of psychologists and psychological therapists working as part of the HWLH Assessment and Treatment Service for adults of all ages. The service is multi-professional and commissioned to work with service users with complex mental health needs, their families and carers.
You will be supported to develop specialist interests and skills in line with the local service priorities. This could include working with clients with psychosis, trauma, managing complex emotions and mood and anxiety difficulties.
Main duties of the job
We recognise the importance of offering evidence based psychological therapy and experience of offering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy within adult mental health services is essential. We also have local interests in third wave approaches within psychological therapy including Compassion Focused therapy, EMDR, and ACT and support the wider team to offer Family Interventions for psychosis.
We would welcome interest from qualified CBT therapists who have experience of working in secondary mental health using evidence-based interventions with service users diagnosed with Personality Disorder and/or Psychosis.
We are based at Millwood in Uckfield which is a beautiful rural area near the famous Ashdown Forest. Uckfield has direct rail links to London and is close to Brighton. We have another site on the coast at Newhaven and occasionally the post holder may be required to travel between both sites.
Psychologists and psychological therapists also support the team by offering psychological formulation and team consultation and staff reflection.
Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust aims to realise the potential of everyone who uses its services and to enable staff to do a great job. Sussex Partnership has teaching status and is developing into one of the country's leading teaching mental health trusts. Working here offers continued training and development, variety and a rewarding challenge, plus all the benefits of living in Sussex.
As a Psychologist in our service we can offer you:
- Access to numerous wellbeing and support programmes, run by our internal wellbeing team
- Excellent supervision programmes, with ongoing opportunities for training and development
- Flexible working patterns
- Access to a host of discount schemes (including gyms, shopping, restaurants and cars)
- A position within a trust rated as 'Outstanding' for caring and 'Good' overall by the CQC
- Generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days + 8 bank holidays)
To protect the health and safety of our staff/workers, patients, and those attending our sites, we encourage our workforce to get fully vaccinated against COVID
Job description Job responsibilities
- To provide a qualified, high-quality specialist psychological therapy service to individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, in line with best, evidence-based practice and trust care pathways.
- To use analytical and judgment skills and be responsible for taking clinical management decisions in complex clinical issues.
- To clinically supervise Psychological Professionals as appropriate including Psychological Therapists, Trainee Psychological Therapists and Psychological Practitioners
- To professionally supervise and, when appropriate, manage, psychological professionals.
- To provide consultation and advice about psychological issues to other members of the team/service and other professionals working with service users.
- To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.
- To contribute to and take responsibility for local service developments under the supervision of the professional lead.
- To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the service
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Recognised/accredited postgraduate level training in a psychological therapy as specified in one of the Appendices
- Professionally registered as specified in the same Appendix
- Substantial post-qualification/accreditation experience of specialist psychological therapy (assessment, formulation and treatment), as specified in the same Appendix, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
- A high level of competence in applying a psychological therapy to complex difficulties appropriate for this therapy with the client group, and a proven track record of delivering positive outcomes in this therapy
- Experience of offering teaching, training and supervision within a demanding organisational context
- A clear and theoretically informed approach to supervision
- Experience of representing psychological therapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care within a complex organisational context.
- Significant experience of working with the particular client group served by the team/service
- Knowledge of guidance and legislation in relation to the client group
- A high-level specialist knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapy as specified in the same appendix, as applied to the client group using this service
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