Do you want to contribute to the transformation of Adult Mental Health Community Services? This post might be for you, as we are seeking a Psychologist or Psychological Therapist to work as part of the transformation of services in Luton towards the new integrated model of mental health care. Luton Adult Community Mental Health teams have moved to the stage of creating blended teams, where VCSE colleagues have joined the multidisciplinary teams, enabling more seamless movement between different services.
Main duties of the job
The post-holder will provide specialist evidence-based assessment, formulation and intervention for people with a range of complex mental health needs, including individual, couple/family and group interventions. They will possess an enthusiasm for multidisciplinary team working and the skills to help steer the team to psychological understanding of their clients and the development of psychologically informed services. The team highly values the role of psychological therapists and, as such, the role is multifaceted and includes consultation and teaching roles, as well as active involvement in quality improvement projects, staff support initiatives and wider Trust initiatives. We are therefore looking for someone with good knowledge and skills within these domains, and someone who is ready to join an innovative and efficient service as we move into transformation of services in line with the NHS Long Term Plan. You will be co-located with your team and with the other Psychologists, therapists and Assistant Psychologists who work within the area and will be working with primary and secondary care colleagues.
As a member of the Bedfordshire and Luton psychological therapies staff group the post holder would join the regular psychology meetings which focus on Clinical Governance and peer-led Continual Professional Development (CPD). The Trust has an excellent track record of meaningful service user participation and co-production, and psychology has strong links with the local Recovery College. Living in Bedfordshire and surrounds offers an affordable quality of life with excellent road, rail and air links to the rest of the UK and Europe.
Our mission is to make a positive difference in people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.
Job description Job responsibilities
Please for further information kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.
Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
- Post Graduate Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or equivalent accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Or have an NHS Core Profession (Nurse, Allied Health Profession, Medical Doctor, Social Worker) or demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes.
- Have completed a minimum of one year of recognised full-time (or equivalent part-time) psychological therapy or counselling training leading to a qualification, certification or accreditation recognised by a relevant professional or regulatory body plus relevant specialist short courses.. Or Have completed an equivalent training abroad as recognised by NARIC and written and oral English sufficient for their work.
- Membership of one or more member colleges of UKCP.
- Post Qualification Training in a Psychotherapy Modality: e.g. DBT, CFT, EMDR, CBTp, CBT for trauma.
- The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
- Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy.
- British Society of Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors.
- oGood understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of this client group.
- oProviding specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients utilising an evidence based model appropriate for the population.
- oPlanning and exercising clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
- oThe use of Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) such as Friends and Family Test.
- oThe use of at least one Recovery measure (e.g. DIALOG, QPR, ReQoL) as part of a Recovery Approach.
- oThe use of Cloud based mental health Apps or programs.
- oThe application of the Care Act (2015), Mental Capacity Act (2007), Mental Health Act (2007).
- oRoutine use of teleconferencing (e.g. Skype, Zoom, Facetime) in any 1:1 setting.
- oRoutine use of any Electronic Patient Record system such as RiO, EMIS, PARIS, SystmOne, IAPTUS to include patient administration and clinical record management.
- oThe clinical use of databases; informatics systems and data visualisation.
- oDeveloping or managing staff.
- oCo produced clinical care including goal setting using a Recovery approach.
- Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours of CPD relevant to the speciality over the last 2 years.
- Postgraduate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychologically informed interventions
- oThe principles and implementation of the CPA process.
- oProviding specialist psychological assessment, including cognitive and neurological assessment, and treatment of patients utilising two evidence based models appropriate for the population. across the full range of care settings and clinical severity including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient.
- oProviding teaching, training and clinical supervision.
- oThe application of psychologically informed interventions in different cultural contexts including working with interpreters.
- oExercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
- oThe application of psychological principles across multiple environments and populations
- oRepresenting psychological therapies within the context of multi-disciplinary and inter agency care.
- oQI or other improvement methodology
- oCo production, include soft skills, for MDT working
- oRoutine use of teleconferencing in 1:1 patient care.
- oRoutine use of any teleconference system for meetings or supervision.
- oCommunity psychology approaches to population mental health.
- oIntegrated physical and mental health pathways.
- oMental health issues as a service user or carer.
- oThe theory and practice of psychological assessment and therapies in relation to treatment of a range of mental health disorders including [therapy modality].
- oRisk assessment practice and procedures
- oApplication of standardised assessments and outcome measures.
- oThe presentation of complex mental health problems and range of disorders
- oThe value of People Participation in the delivery and development of services
- oRoutine Outcome measures including PROMs, PREMs and CROMs
- oThe Recovery Model and Recovery measures (e.g. DIALOG, QPR or ReQoL)
- oElectronic Patient Record scope and clinical use
- oGeneral NHS structures at Trust level, clinical governance mechanisms and information governance
- oLegislation in relation to mental health problems and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
- oEqual opportunities, confidentiality and consent issues.
- oWide range of IT applications, including databases, word processing, presentation software and teleconferencing tools.
- oResearch methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
- oThe legal and ethical issues relating to health care.
- oCurrent mental health legislation and initiatives, including NHS policies and procedures and Health & Safety issues.
- oClinical informatics and analytics scope and clinical use.
- oThe presentation of complex mental health problems and range of disorders.
- oExperience of the principles and implementation of the CPA process.
- oAwareness of National NHS governance structures.
- oThe principles and practice of clinical governance, clinical audit and research methodology
- oSufficient knowledge of other modalities to engage appropriately with colleagues and their work with service users
- oManagement of teams
- oManagement of budgets
- oThe Recovery Model and co production of clinical intervention
- oNHS funding structures including CCGs, STPs.
- oCloud based mental health Apps or programs scope and application
- oCommunity psychology approaches to population mental health
- oApproaches to addressing population health
- oCo production of care and treatment with service users and carers
- oDemonstrably respectful and collaborative approach to patients, carers, colleagues, other professional contacts.
- oSpecialist psychological (eg cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic or other) assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
- oThe use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment with particular reference to Adult Mental Health.
- oThe use of research and audit relevant to the evaluation of treatment effectiveness, service evaluation, and compliance with guidance/policy
- oWell developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, 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.
- oAble to contain and work with high levels of distress from clients.
- oInterpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
- oAble to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information.
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