Psychological Therapist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year pa pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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The post-holder will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team in Westminster Perinatal Mental Health Service and will provide specialist psychological therapy to women referred into or under the care of the team. We welcome applications from qualified clinical or counselling psychologists, or specialist clinicians accredited in either CBT, DBT or EMDR. Under the supervision of a senior perinatal clinical psychologist, they will provide specialist psychological assessment and treatment to service users and support and signposting to their families/carers.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

Provide advice and consultation on their care to non-psychology colleagues and to the professional network involved in treating and caring for women in Westminster PMHS. The post holder will be supported by working as part of an MDT and will work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. They will utilise research skills for audit to support policy and service development; and will undertake research within the area served by the service and of relevance to women and their babies under the care of the perinatal mental health service. The post holder will provide specialist perinatal psychology interventions, including developing group work within the community, and will contribute to implementing care plans for women with a range of mental health and social and emotional difficulties, particularly focusing on providing evidence based psychological interventions adapted to the needs of women and their infants in complex and varying degrees of illness and distress.

Attend weekly team meetings, case discussion and reflective practice forums and contribute to the ongoing development of effective recovery-oriented treatment models. The post-holder will support the team in assessing the psychological and social needs of patients referred to the service, ensuring that psychological needs and factors are given due consideration within the care planning process.

About us

CNWL has established a high-quality multidisciplinary community and liaison perinatal mental health service across five London Boroughs,

CNWL Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) comprises specialist multidisciplinary perinatal mental health teams five boroughs served by the trust (Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster) enabling the delivery of evidence based perinatal mental health care through a coordinated multidisciplinary specialist approach across maternity, primary and secondary care, tertiary specialist services, social care and voluntary sector.

You will join a team that delivers specialist community perinatal mental health service (PMHS), which integrate maternity services, community and primary care services. We respond rapidly to presentations within the maternity context and address the risks to both mothers and infants of perinatal illness We focus on prevention, early detection with NICE guidelines and based in the community, close to mothers and babies.

The successful candidates will be highly motivated, energetic and passionate about delivering high quality care to patients acute and chronic psychiatric conditions in perinatal service, ensuring that assessment and interventions are provided in a sensitive, accessible and culturally appropriate way.

Job description Job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities
  • Clinical:
    • Provide assessments of patients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.
    • To contribute to assessments of women with specialist mental health disorders including formulations of predisposing, protective, precipitating and perpetuating factors.
    • Implement care plans for the formal treatment and/or management of a womans problems, (with consideration of her babys needs) based upon an appropriate conceptual framework, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
    • To be responsible for implementing psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, grounded in the principles and techniques of a range of theoretical approaches. These will include long and short term interventions as appropriate to need.
    • Evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes which have shaped the individual, family or group
    • Provide specialist expertise, advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to womens formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
    • Contribute directly and indirectly to a framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all women treated within the service, across all settings and agencies providing services for women, their children and their families.
    • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual women and their families and to provide advice to other professions on risk assessment and risk management in relevant cases.
    • Communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multi-disciplinary care.
    • To work under supervision from the team lead, the consultant perinatal psychologist and with case management support from the consultant psychiatrist.
  • Teaching Training and Supervision
    • Receive weekly or bi weekly (dependent on experience) clinical professional supervision from a senior perinatal clinical psychologist.
    • Develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT work as appropriate
    • Contribute to the pre and post-qualification teaching of psychological approaches and sharing clinical skills, as appropriate.
    • Provide advice, consultation and training to professionals (including childrens social workers) working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings.
    • To gain additional specialist experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology and/or the service as agreed with the professional psychology manager.
    • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision as appropriate.
    • To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical psychologists.

  • Research and Audit

    • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service valuation and audit.
    • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where clinical and/or organisational matters need addressing.
    • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual and group work, in some instances, alongside other team members.
    • To undertake appropriate research and to provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
    • To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
    • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
    • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in Psychology/Perinatal Psychotherapies across and beyond the service.

  • Administration and Clinical Recording

    • To enter required data into the Trusts patient administration systems and to make use of data bases as directed by managers in the course of clinical duties.
    • To use computer and computer software to prepare reports, presentations and documents relevant to working duties.
    • To undertake administrative tasks in line with service requirements, making appropriate use of administrative support available.

  • Standard
    • Mandatory Training

    The post holder will complete the CNWL mandatory training programme annually within directed timescales.
    • Multi-agency Meetings

    The post holder will prioritise attendance at relevant multi-agency planning meetings such as Child In Need, Child Protection conferences, Professionals meetings and CPAs.
    • Policy and Procedure

    The post holder will work in line with CNWL policy and procedures at all times. These include:
    • Confidentiality, Data Protection and Information Sharing
    • Code of Conduct
    • Capacity Assessments
    • Equality and Diversity
    • Health and Safety
    • Infection Prevention and Control
    • Finance
    • Safeguarding Children
    • Safeguarding Adults
    • Sickness Absence
    • Use of Information Technology

    • Professional Standards and Performance Review

    The post holder will fully participate in the Trusts Appraisal / Supervision Programme and work with their manager to ensure that they have a clear job plan and objectives.

    • Flexible Working

    The post holder will undertake any other duties as appropriate to the grade/role and work flexibly across Jameson sites to provide cover for short-term absences when required.
  • Additional notes:

    • This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder

    may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.

    Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
    • Post-graduate training in psychotherapy, CBT, DBT, EMDR or doctoral qualification in clinical or counseling psychology or its equivalent (for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, and depending on profession, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
    • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist or at the ACP as a Psychotherapist or appropriate accrediting body (e.g. BABCP).
    • Post-doctoral/qualifaction training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice such as couples work, CBT, groups etc.
    • Member of the association of infant mental health (AIMH)
    EXPERIENCE Essential
    • Assessed experience of working as a psychotherapist (honorary or paid) of clinical psychologist in a relevant Adult Mental Health setting e.g., CMHT, Complex Needs service, EIP team.
    • Experience of working in a CAMHS service either during training or pre or post qualification.
    • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, either as a trainee under supervision or as a professionally qualified care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
    • Post-qualification experience of working in a CMHT or similar multi-disciplinary team
    • Experience of representing Psychology or Psychotherapy within the context of multidisciplinary care
    • Experience of supervising other mental health staff.
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

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