We are looking for a part-time (30 hours/week) committed Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist to join our Secondary Care Psychological Therapies team, working closely within the Ashford and Canterbury Community Mental Health Team. You will be based at Eureka Place in Ashford, with a team of psychological practitioners of several disciplines providing a comprehensive and multidisciplinary service to adults with complex and longstanding emotional difficulties. The service also has four Assistant Psychologists.
You will join other clinicians training and supervising those delivering Pathway of Care interventions for patients with complex and enduring mental health conditions. In addition, we deliver an array of group work including MBT, CBT for psychosis and STEPPS. Training and supervision will be available.
We have strong links with the South Thames Clinical Psychology Training Centre, attached to Canterbury Christ Church University, and offer training placements to clinical trainees. This link also provide access to a variety of post-qualification training courses and events.
Main duties of the job
To participate in the provision of psychological services to adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties within the Ashford and Canterbury locality served by the Trust.
In particular:To be responsible for the systematic provision of a Specialist Psychological Therapy Service to clients with complex and longstanding mental health difficulties as referred from the secondary care mental health community services within the Ashford and Canterbury locality.
To undertake high quality direct (assessment and therapeutic) and indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) specialist psychological interventions, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.
To work as part of the multi-disciplinary team of the Ashford and Canterbury Community Mental Health Team.
Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.
We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.
The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.
You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.
The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.
Job description Job responsibilities
To provide specialist psychological assessment of clients with complex and long standing mental health difficulties referred to the mental health team, utilising information from a broad range of structured psychometric and semi-structured clinical methodologies and integrating it into a psychological formulation of the client and the psychosocial environment, drawing on a range of psychological theoretical perspectives.
To formulate and implement plans of specialist psychological treatment or management of clients mental health problems based on a multi-factorial psychological understanding and current evidence-based best practice.
To undertake a range of psychological interventions, drawing on a range of psychological models and employing a range of modalities (individual, family and group) adapted and tailored to the needs of the individual and the context and ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of the intervention.
To be responsible for providing a specialist psychological perspective in the multi-disciplinary assessment of service users and their families.
To contribute highly specialist psychological advice to the multi-disciplinary formulation of appropriate therapeutic approaches or intervention plans, and to be involved in, or oversee specialist psychological aspects of their implementation in collaboration with other staff.
To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and risk management for relevant clients and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
When appropriate to consult with and provide specialist psychological guidance to carers and families of service users.
To exercise autonomous professional judgement and responsibility for the psychological management of clients on own caseload.
Please see job description for full details.
Person Specification Essential Essential
- Qualifications and Achieved Grades
- Previous experience in secondary care
- Familiarised with delivering evidenced based psychological interventions
- Previous experience conducting groups
- Qualities of team player
- Values and some experience of supervision
- Experience of research and/or audits
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