An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist within the PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire) Service. PATH is a specialist service for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis in Hertfordshire.
We are implementing the Access and Waiting Time Standard for early intervention in psychosis (EIP), which is a clear national priority for the NHS. This standard will make a major difference to the quality of care received by those with First Episode Psychosis (FEP) and greatly improve their ability to recover. This development post is suitable for a newly qualified Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist who has keen interest in psychosis and wants to develop skills and knowledge to the level of an 8a clinician. Clinical or Counselling Psychologists with significant experience working with individuals with psychoses can be appointed directly into Band 8a.
It is anticipated that this post holder will work with people accessing the service within East and South East Hertfordshire, but there may be a requirement to work more widely across Hertfordshire to deliver the service.
Main duties of the job
The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and be skilled in working with recovery based and collaborative approaches to care planning, working flexibly and creatively with people in order to achieve their individual goals. Main responsibilities include good governance of psychological therapies for people with psychosis, providing assessment, therapy, supervision and consultation. An important part of this role is effective data collection to evidence the efficacy of psychological interventions.
We are very keen to offer a bespoke professional development plan with opportunities to further develop the skills of the post holder, including opportunities to train in family interventions and CBT for psychosis. PATH has close links with other Early Intervention services and is part of the East of England Early Intervention in Psychosis Clinical Network. Hence, there are opportunities to meet other EIP professionals outside of the Trust and attend CPD sessions run by the group. For applicants who are keen in wider professional development such as teaching, supervising and conducting research, there will also be such opportunities available. We have established good links with University of Hertfordshire DClinPsy course and regularly support trainees on placement.
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.
Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.
The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:
Our Trust values are:
Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.
These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!
Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?
Then please read on...
Job description Job responsibilities
Job Responsibilities: The post-holder will provide NICE-based psychological assessments,formulations and interventions to clients presenting to the EIP service The post-holder will provide clinical supervision to other EIP teammembers. The post-holder will provide specialist support, guidance andconsultation on clients psychological care to other multi-disciplinaryprofessionals. The post holder will develop and maintain an outcome framework inorder to monitor and report on clinical and other outcomes to relevantEIP stakeholders. The post-holder will take responsibility for psychological practice withinthe service. The post-holder will provide psychological input to service-users, theircarers and families which integrate both mental and physical healthneeds in line with an integrative framework. The post-holder will provide specialist Psychological assessment,formulation and intervention for groups and individuals. The post-holder will work closely with psychology, other psychologicaltherapy colleagues and staff from the wider MDT. The post-holder will work autonomously within professional guidelinesand the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. The post-holder will utilise research skills for audit, teaching, policy andservice development and research within the area served by theteam/service. Provide specialist advice to all referrers and associated staff. Work within a wide range of agencies including health, social work,voluntary and independent sector providers. Work using highly developed empathy and sensitivity with clients onthe First Episode Psychosis (FEP) pathway. Develop and provide training on varied topics and psychologicalaspects of the support needs of clients on the FEP pathway. Work with Carers in support of clients on the FEP pathway. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred tothe team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integrationof complex data from a variety of sources including psychometric tests,self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structuredobservations and semi-structured interviews with clients familymembers and others involved in the clients care. To formulate and implement plans for the proposed interventionsand/or management of a clients psychological and physical andwellbeing, based on an appropriate conceptual framework, andemploying methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the fullrange of care settings. Assessment and treatment can be made morecomplex by having to work through interpreters. To be responsible for embedding self-management best practice intothe EIP team, implementing a range of NICE-based specialisedpsychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups.These interventions can be employed individually and in synthesis,adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upondifferent explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisionalhypotheses. To evaluate and make decisions on psychological treatment optionstaking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models andcomplex factors concerning historical and developmental processesthat have shaped the individual, family or group. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for assessment,delivery of interventions, evaluation and discharge of clients. To work strategically across the EIP Service to upskill the MDTs bestpractice, provide psychological advice, guidance, support andconsultation to other professionals contributing directly to clientsformulation, diagnosis and treatment plan. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-basedframework for the understanding and care of clients, across all settingsand agencies which provide a service to the client group. Input into existing risk assessment and risk management proceduresembedding evidence based psychological best practice for individualclients and to provide general advice to other professionals.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Doctoral/Masters level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS and current registration with HCPC
- Professional qualification degree level, which should include knowledge and application of research methodology
- Additional specialist knowledge or training in psychological therapies including CBTp and Family Intervention
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, including at least six months clinical experience working in adult mental health
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full 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
- Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental wellbeing
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence based psychological therapy (i.e. CBT, Family Intervention or CFT) relevant to the treatment of adults with complex problems and their families
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
- Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
- Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
- Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
- Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
- Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments
- Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to Adult Mental Health
- Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with mental health problems
- Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
- Experience of working in a community mental health setting
- Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.
- Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
- Experience of service development/project management
Skills and Knowledge Essential
- Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
- Ability to work and communicate therapeutically with clients and their families consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating
- Ability to work and communicate as a responsible participating member of a multi- disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members' contributions and to encourage participation of all involved
- Ability to keep accurate and complete records of activities and communications consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
- Ability to alert line manager / team when direction, policies and strategies are adversely affecting users of services or the public
- Ability to time manage effectively and to work under pressure and to prioritise a clinical workload
- Positive problem solving approach
- Ability to critically evaluate and review developments made by others to determine if and how they could be applied within own area of work
- Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and boundaries with clients from diverse backgrounds
- Ability to apply psychology in different cultural contexts
- Ability to recognise and report behavio
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