Clinical Health Psychologist for Long-Term Conditions (Respiratory)

West London NHS Trust
£33,706 to £47,672 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical or counselling psychologist to apply for a full-time Band 7 / Band 6 preceptorship to band 7 post within the clinical health psychology service in Ealing Community Partners (ECP).

The post-holder will be offering assessment and treatment for patients with comorbid long-term physical health conditions (including but not limited to respiratory conditions such as COPD, and long-Covid) and mental health needs and where these mental health conditions affect the self-management of the long-term conditions. The post-holder will also contribute to engaging system partners and offering educational support.

We are seeking a clinical or counselling psychologist who has the energy and enthusiasm to join this relatively new service in ECP and contribute to the integration of mental and physical healthcare, arguably one of the biggest value propositions in healthcare. This would be an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in developing their skills in offering psychological support for patients with a range of long-term conditions, particularly respiratory conditions and common comorbidities, and supporting other colleagues to provide psychologically-informed care.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • Provide evidence-based psychological interventions to individual clients (individual therapy and opportunity to offer input into pulmonary rehab)
  • Attend regular clinical supervision
  • Develop expertise in providing treatment to service users with COPD and other comorbid conditions
  • Support other mental health and non-mental health colleagues through contributing to education and training
  • Contribute to coproducing support/pathways of care to those with multi-morbidity
  • Potentially co-facilitate multiple long-term conditions peer support group together with experts by experience.

Our organisation is driven by our strategic objectives and organisational values and we look for people who are strongly aligned with them.

Our Team is friendly, embraces hybrid working (remote and in-person working) and embodies a growth mind-set with protected time and funding for professional development, knowledge sharing and continuous quality improvement. We put patient-centeredness at the core of our practice. All staff is encouraged to contribute to design and innovation and engage in coproduction with service users and community assets.

Annual Leave starts at 27 days a year plus bank holidays. You also get a wellbeing day and birthday off.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Offer direct clinical care such as independent or joint assessment for patients with comorbid long-term health conditions and mental health conditions
  • Offer individual therapy, group therapy and contribute to the development of digital interventions as appropriate
  • Potentially co-facilitate peer support group for those with long-term conditions
  • Regularly collect and review relevant outcome measures relevant to patient needs and preferences

  • Education and Training
  • Undertake relevant clinical training to manage patients with various long-term conditions
  • Offer mental health training or training on psychologically-informed care to other non-mental healthcare professions in the community
  • Contribute to the development of information session or psychoeducation material for patients

  • Service development and research
  • Together with other colleagues in the clinical health psychology team, contribute ideas and processes to continuously improve quality of services offered
  • Contribute to research based on post-holders interest. For example, participating in an NIHR funded research on effectiveness of co-produced long-Covid rehabilitation, of which West London is a trial site.
  • Contribute to the implementation of routine screening of mental health conditions in patients with long-term physical health conditions

  • Person Specification Qualifications and Training Essential
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or post graduate training in another core mental health profession (nursing, Occupational therapy)
    • Professional registration with the appropriate Health Professions Council (HPC)
    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
    • Experience working with clients with respiratory and other common comorbid conditions.
    • Fully accredited with the BABCP
    Experience Essential
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients within with long term conditions and mental health needs.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems that reflect a 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.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
    • Experience of the application of CBT in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings. Including outpatient, community, and primary care settings.
    • Experience of service development across different parts of the health system, including using coproduction methodology. For example, engaging patients and primary care in prevention work or psychologically informed care.
    • Experience at working with CBT and another orientation.
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.
    • Well-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.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
    • Knowledge of issues relating to primary and secondary care psychological therapies services.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities or long-term medical conditions etc).
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
    • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology

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