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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Cognitive Behaviour Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are recruiting to an exciting new post within the Staff Support team, which sits within the Corporate Psychology & Psychotherapy department. The Staff Support Post Incident Pathway Lead will have the opportunity to develop, implement and evaluate a trauma-informed approach to incident management across the organisation, collaborating with the Staff Counselling & Wellbeing Service to ensure equity of access to post-incident interventions, early recognition of trauma-related wellbeing concerns and appropriate referral/signposting.

The post holder will be responsible for developing the post incident pathway, including governance of the immediate 'hot debrief', overseeing the Critical Incident Staff Support service and the provision of evidence-based interventions for PTSD. Clinical sessions will be held within the Staff Counselling and Wellbeing service where this new pathway will be developed.

This role would suit someone who enjoys working innovatively but methodically, is able to engage stakeholders at all levels of the organisation and is keen to develop their leadership abilities. Training and experience in the assessment and treatment of trauma is essential.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the continued development, implementation and evaluation of the Staff Support Post Incident Pathway, ensuring systematic and consistent access to evidence-based interventions for all staff following trauma exposure in the workplace.
  • To take a project management approach to the planning and implementation of the Staff Support Post Incident Pathway and associated evaluation activities.
  • To support trauma-informed approaches to supporting staff across the organisation, identifying opportunities to embed this within Trust strategy and policy.
  • To develop and maintain appropriate governance structures related to the Staff Support Post Incident Pathway
  • To ensure that staff support is accessed by the most marginalised and 'at risk' groups, encouraging a preventative approach to workplace mental health and wellbeing.
  • To support the development of psychologically safe work environments across the Trust.
  • To ensure that effective systems are in place for the clinical/professional supervision and support of multidisciplinary staff within the Staff Support team.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional leads and to decide how they are best achieved.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit, research and policy development
  • To be active in the provision of staff support within their area, including but not limited to Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve. To participate, as a recipient, in staff support work when appropriate.

About us

This post is part of the Trust Psychology and Psychotherapy professional structure. The Trust has strong clinical, academic and research links with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), and our partners in the Kings Health Partners (KHP) Academic Health Science Centre.

Job description Job responsibilities

This role will include a minimum of 3 clinical sessions, which is subject to an increase depending on the expansion and development of the service.

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To develop, co-ordinate and ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist psychology service to the Staff Support Service and the Staff Counselling and Wellbeing Service
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients who access the Staff Support Service, including assessing and working with those who have experienced trauma; as well as assessing and intervening at an organisational level. All at levels expected of a psychologist who has achieved the equivalent of a PG Diploma equivalent or post-qualification specialist development.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To act as the Post Incident Pathway service lead taking responsibility for all elements of Post Incident Staff Support.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To co-ordinate (and chair) meetings for Staff Support to ensure effective functioning and review processes, when appropriate
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team ensuring a psychologically informed framework for the Staff Support Service.
  • To contribute to developing the team and services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

KR 3 Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users (i.e. Trust staff & partner organisations) in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.
  • To initiate and implement service development projects, as agreed with clinical/professional lead.
  • To participate in the ongoing implementation of new initiatives (e.g. national guidelines) across relevant services.
  • To identify any aspects of the Staff Support service which could be improved and propose changes to practices or procedures that affect the Staff Support service and may also affect other services

KR 4 Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

KR 5 Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of more junior practitioners with support from a more senior practitioner.
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of other Staff Support Team staff.
  • To supervise trainee applied psychologists within own area of specialism.
  • To contribute to the appraisal of more junior psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the recruitment of more junior psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To provide supervision for the psychological work of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To undertake occasional teaching and training of pre and post- qualification psychologists and specialised training to other professions as appropriate
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within Corporate P&P by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in psychology and Staff Support and by implementing knowledge gained in practice.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development
  • To initiate, undertake, support and supervise regular complex service evaluation and audits.
  • To initiate and carry out appropriate research (NB: not a major job requirement [major = 20% or more of job]).
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area which will contribute to Corporate Psychology & Pyschotherapy
  • To initiate and implement the development of outcome measurement and assessment and assist other staff in the implementation of same.

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior psychologist according to HCPC and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with BPS and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and the HCPC Standards for Continuing Professional Development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the BPSs Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

KR10 General
  • To travel as appropriate across the Trust when required.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the wider trust client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations (such as challenging behaviour, abuse etc) and to support others involved in such situationsthrough Trust-wide approaches including Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve.
  • To work flexibly which may include offering some regular commitment to late clinics or Saturday working, within the overall Job Plan.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (Professional Doctorate or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration OR Other professional qualification and registration with additional recognised qualification and experience in providing Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Additional training in a specialised area of psychological practice (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision
  • Registered with the HCPC as appropriate (or equivalent body for non-HCPC professions), and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC
  • Recognised training/qualification in EMDR and/or other evidence-based psychological treatments for trauma
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature
  • Experience of facilitating Staff Support interventions (e.g. Critical Incident Staff Support, Schwartz Rounds or Reflective Practice)
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects
  • Experience of managing projects
  • Lived experience of mental health challenges
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised (trauma-related) psychological assessments and interventions
  • Knowledge of Post-Incident Staff Support interventions (e.g. Critical Incident Staff Support or similar models)
Skills Essential
  • Strong project management skills
  • To plan allocation of tasks to assistant psychologists
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups

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