Psychological Workforce Lead

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£61,861 to £70,959 a year per annum inc
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting role for a dynamic and enterprising candidate with a commitment to advancing equality of opportunity in the Psychological Workforce. The post holder will lead on projects that aim to develop this workforce, including a focus on recruitment and retention, career pathways and progression, CPD and training and increasing and supporting diversity and inclusion within the workforce. They will lead on the development of communications and networks within the Psychological Professions across the Trust and raising the visibility of our work both internally and externally. They will support the development of new roles within the psychological workforce and of new ways of working within services.

Our Psychological Workforce includes Practitioner Psychologists, Adult & Child Psychotherapists, Systemic & Family Therapists, Counsellors, CBT Therapists, Psychological Practitioners, Arts Psychotherapists, Clinical Associate Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists and Trainees. The post-holder will work with all of these groups to advance the skills and opportunities available and to ensure we are able to deliver the highest standards of psychological support to our service-users. The majority of this post is a non-clinical role but we are committed to ensuring that talented clinicians continue to develop their clinical skills. The post-holder would therefore be expected to hold some clinical sessions in an area of work appropriate to their skills and experience.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have exceptional communication skills and enjoy leading large-scale projects such as organising conferences and CPD events. They will be passionate about communication and proficient in the use of social media and viral technologies. The successful candidate will support the career development of our Psychological Professionals across the career span. This will include supporting the Heads of Psychology & Psychotherapy in workforce development and playing a key role in coordinating training and CPD.

The successful candidate must have a solid understanding of project management, exceptional organisational skills and demonstrable ability to run multiple projects simultaneously and at scale, delivering both on target and on time. They will have a passion for advancing equality and a strong understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in our workforce including consideration of how we might recruit and retain staff from minioritised and under-represented backgrounds.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce in order to fully represent the communities we exist to serve. We particularly invite applications from candidates who themselves come from backgrounds under-represented in our workforce and/or who might have lived experience of mental health difficulties or of discrimination and inequity.

About us

The Psychological Workforce Lead role sits with Corporate Psychology & Psychotherapy. This is small team of Psychological Professionals and other staff who sit centrally in the organisation and whose role is to supporting the workforce delivering psychological interventions across the trust, to host our award-winning staff support services and to coordinate projects for training and career development for the Psychological Professions.

The post-holder would be line-managing and supervising Assistant Psychologists and Trainees and would report to the Director and Deputy Director of Psychology & Psychotherapy at SLaM. Key relationships would be with the Heads of Psychology & Psychotherapy across the organisation as well as with our colleagues leading for other professions, Education and Training and Human Resources. The post-holder would need to develop strong professional links to other NHS trusts and professional organisations representing the Psychological Professions.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To take a joint lead on the Psychological Workforce project from within Corporate Psychology and Psychotherapy.
  • To take a role in the development of strategy for the support of later and qualified career pathways including all psychologists, psychotherapists, psychological therapists and practitioners and for diversifying the psychological workforce. To support efforts to ensure equity in career development opportunities across and between the different psychological professions.
  • To develop and co-ordinate all projects and provide highly specialist clinical input.
  • To support the career development of the psychology and psychotherapy workforce in the later stages of the career pathway, with a particular focus on Psychologists and Psychotherapists post-qualification and moving up through their careers.
  • To play a key role in the development of strategy for CPD and training of qualified psychological staff in order to ensure that Trust priorities and needs are met, that staff are enabled and supported to maintain professional registrations and met their Personal Development Plan (PDP) and to support the retention of a high quality, satisfied and engaged workforce.
  • To play a key role in supporting, coordinating and organising training and CPD.
  • To convene and oversee the P&P training committee and liaise between the training committee and TPPAC.
  • To evaluate equity of access to CPD and other professional development opportunities and to initiate projects to improve this where disparities exist.
  • To take responsibility for horizon scanning and linking with national training developments and opportunities.
  • To remain on top of all communications and stay up to date and proficient in the use of social media and viral technologies. To actively promote the work of the P&P workforce within and externally to the Trust.
  • To convene and oversee the P&P communications steering group.
  • To plan, manage and evaluate projects within P&P communications, including monthly newsletter editions.
  • To develop strategy and lead projects to improve communication and engagement across the psychological workforce.
  • To proactively support the diversification of the workforce and lead on projects related to increasing diversity in the later career pathways. To support the development of an inclusive environment which will promote the recruitment and retention of Psychological Professionals from minoritised groups currently under-represented in our workforce.
  • To support the development of new roles within the Psychological Professions.
  • To support data analysis.
  • To keep stakeholders up to date on project progress and risks.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To maintain a strong focus on collaboration and coproduction of the workstream; ensuring all Corporate P&P projects are understanding Service User needs and views, advocating the principles of trauma informed care.
  • To provide regular reports to commissioners and in pursuit of further funding.
  • To receive and provide training, clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as lead specialist for the Psychological Workforce Corporate P&P project
  • To ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision and support of other psychologists, psychotherapists and multidisciplinary staff within Corporate P&P.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit, research and policy development.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within appropriate professional guidelines and codes of conduct and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To be active in the provision of staff support as part of the Community of Practice, including but not limited to Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve.To participate, as a recipient,in staff support work and delivering training when appropriate.

For more detail please see the full attached Job Description & Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Psychology or Psychotherapy that has been accepted by the appropriate professional body for professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological/psychotherapy practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice.
  • Recognised qualification in project management
Skills Essential
  • Strong project management skills and ability to run multiple projects simultaneously
  • Proficient communication and social media skills
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists/psychotherapists having completed the relevant training.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to psychologists and/or psychotherapists or other professional groups
  • Experience of undertaking leadership roles
  • Experience of promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Experience of managing projects using formal project management tools (such as Prince2)

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