Band 8A Clinical Psychologist (IMHT Hub Clinical Lead) - N.Somerset

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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North Somerset Psychological Therapies Service

Clinical Psychologist, IMHT Hub Lead

Band 8a, Full-time (37.5hrs per wk)

Coast Resource Centre

Due to new investment as part of the Community Mental Health Framework an exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic clinical psychologist who is passionate about clinical work and developing high quality mental health services.

North Somerset PTS services work across all community, acute and inpatient services within North Somerset. The service is staffed by a multidisciplinary team comprising of clinical psychologists, arts psychotherapists, family therapists and CAPs and works closely with other services in the Locality.

We are a friendly and supportive team, who are highly valued within local services. Within PTS, psychologists are professionally managed with good supervision and peer support arrangements. There is good access to CPD and the Department has strong links with local training courses.

Main duties of the job

Supported by the Head of Psychological Therapies, this is a new role providing clinical leadership to the newly formed Integrated Mental Health Team Hubs and helping to develop the service.

You will be providing leadership and training as well as delivering specialist psychological assessment and therapy, consultation and supporting IMHT staff in delivering psychological interventions under supervision.

The ability to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams will be essential to developing your role. You will need to be well organised with the ability to prioritise your work according to clinical need and liaise effectively with team colleagues and professionals in other agencies.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust): a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities

CLINICAL1. To lead and deliver a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinical psychology service to the IMHH in line with best practice and National guidelines.

2. In conjunction with the hub manager and clinical coordinator and the Head of Psychological Therapies to use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the IMHH and other teams in the area

3. To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies with clients and their carers (as appropriate to the role).

4. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of 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.

5. To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

6. To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention to a small caseload of complex clients as dictated by the needs of the service

7. To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in the IMHH and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of the IMHH

8. To be involved in the development and delivery of training to multidisciplinary staff in the IMHH

9. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Service.

10. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.

11. To support the full implementation of CPA or equivalent including acting as care co-ordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service.

12. To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner

MANAGEMENT1. Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff2. Delegated caseload supervision3. Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested4. The co-ordination of projects as requested

PROFESSIONAL1. To fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCPC and to fully observe the BPS (2009) Code of Conduct and the DCP Generic Professional Practice Guidelines (2008).

2. To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area, Clinical Psychology policies and procedures. Copies of Trust Policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.

3. To participate in local psychological therapy and psychology meetings and trust wide meetings as appropriate.

4. To maintain and develop high standards of clinical psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with other clinical psychologists/ psychological therapists.

5. To participate in an annual performance appraisal

6. To participate in clinical supervision

SERVICE GOVERNANCE1. To participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the area to maintain a safe, effective service which responds to Service User feedback.

2. To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.

3. To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.

4. To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.

Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology Qualification or Equivalent + HCPC Registration
  • Post Qualification Training in Specialist Intervention
  • Supervision Training
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of working with people with mental health difficulties
  • Specialist knowledge of assessment and therapeutic skills to provide evidence based interventions
  • Experience of MDT working
  • Experience of providing supervision and consultation to MDT colleagues
  • Knowledge and ability to think systemically/organisationally
  • Experience of training other staff
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • MDT Teamworking
  • Communication and Liaison
  • Ability to manage workload pressure/prioritise

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