Psychological Therapies Workforce and CPD Lead

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£61,341 to £70,439 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Part Time
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The Psychological Workforce Lead is a new role for Oxleas, created to support and professionally develop our psychological therapies workforce across the Trust.

The post holder will be a Clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist or Psychological Therapist from a relevant discipline, with an interest and enthusiasm for both workforce and CPD development, who is interested in supporting the strategic development of a key staff group within the Trust.

The post-holder will lead on supporting the recruitment and retention of psychological therapists, including the development of new roles and supporting trainees, and will lead on development and delivery of the Trust psychological therapies CPD programme.

Oxleas has a large and highly valued Psychological Therapies workforce, comprising of a range of disciplines. Our psychological therapies work across a wide range of services; including community mental health, community physical health, primary care, adult learning disabilities services, forensic and prison services and CAMHS. The post-holder will support the whole range of services as required.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead on developing and evaluating psychological workforce development plans across the Trust, supporting qualified staff and pre-qualified staff, trainees and others involved in the delivery of psychological therapies
  • Develop strategies and plans which proactively support the diversification of the psychology workforce
  • Supporting services to provide high quality training placements across psychological therapies disciplines
  • Plan and co-ordinate a Trust psychological therapies CPD programme
  • Develop plans that enhance recruitment, retention and engagement across the Trust
  • Develop plans to support the career development of the psychological therapies workforce across the career span
  • Linking with national workforce developments and opportunities
  • Develop the use of social media and virtual technologies to support this work.
  • To support development of new roles within psychological therapies
  • To gather, analyse and use workforce and other data to underpin plans and evaluation
  • To regularly report on progress and risks at service and Trust levels
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment, advocating the principles of trauma-informed care
  • To maintain a strong focus on collaboration and co-production
  • To receive and provide training, clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate,
  • To undertake relevant service evaluation, audit, research and policy development.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:

  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

Services are based in various localities across Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley, and, for forensic and prison services, additionally across Kent and South West England.

At Oxleas our mission is to Improve Lives

Our values express the lens we look through that informs how we act, the decisions we make, and how we work with our service users, patients, families, carers, and colleagues.

Our values are:
  • Were Kind

We show consideration, concern and thoughtfulness towards everyone
  • Were Fair

We embrace difference, treat everyone with respect and we promote diversity, equity and inclusion
  • We Listen:

We always seek to understand, learn, and improve
  • We Care:

We work together and innovate to put the patient at the heart of everything we do.

There are no clinical sessions with this role. The post-holder may pick up or retain additional clinical sessions if agreed with their line manager.

Main responsibilities of the role
  • To develop, co-ordinate and ensure the systematic provision of a highly specialist psychological therapy service via leading on workforce development
  • To provide highly specialist support for clients including teams, staff groups and the organisation, based on highly specialist understanding of clinical services, placements and continuing professional development
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions with all parts of the system when required
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans
  • To co-ordinate (and chair) meetings to ensure effective functioning and review when appropriate
  • To take a lead in ensuring a psychologically informed framework and evidence-based approach for the development of workforce and CPD plans
  • To take a lead in developing workforce and CPD plans to support 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 others on specialist psychological care of clients within the remit of the implications for workforce skills and role development
  • To liaise with referrers and other professionals as required
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members
  • Working with staff across the Trust to enhance the provision of high-quality training placements
  • Working with senior psychologists and others across the Trust to develop plans that contribute to psychological therapies staff recruitment, retention and engagement across the Trust
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work
  • To identify any aspects of workforce development work which could be improved and propose changes to practices or procedures
  • To initiate and implement service development projects, as agreed with clinical/professional lead
  • To lead/support in the ongoing implementation of relevant initiatives e.g. national workforce guidelines and national training initiatives across relevant services
  • To lead the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering psychological therapies workforce provision which meet the needs of local communities
  • To ensure that all placements are consistent with Building a Fairer Oxleas approach to equality and diversity
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources
  • To ensure that the work has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed
  • To support with effective management of the Psychological Therapies Directorate CPD budget and other resources available to support workforce development
  • To provide clinical leadership to more junior psychologists and other professionals, as appropriate
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of more junior psychologists
  • 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 psychologists as appropriate
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision to more junior staff for all aspects of their work
  • To provide management supervision to psychologists
  • To provide supervision for the psychological work of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.
  • To lead on developing and co-ordinate a programme of CPD for psychological therapies staff across the Trust
  • To undertake 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 the team by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in psychology and by implementing knowledge gained in practice
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To ensure the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry, in those parts of the service for which the post-holder has leadership responsibility
  • To initiate, undertake, support and supervise regular complex service evaluation and audits in the area of workforce development
  • 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
  • To initiate and implement the development of outcome measurement and assessment and assist other staff in the implementation of same
  • 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
  • To adhere to the Equality Act Employment Code of Practice in all workforce development initiatives
  • To travel as appropriate across and outside of the Trust when required
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the 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 situations in line with Trust-wide approaches
  • To work flexibly within the overall Job Plan

Person Specification Qualifications and Professional Registration Essential
  • Professional Qualification in Clinical Psychology or relevant Psychotherapy qualification (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent) that has been accepted by the HCPC (or equivalent) for purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond professional qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision
  • Project management qualification and/or evidence of CPD relating to project management
  • Quality Improvement training/qualification
  • Lived experience relevant to the post
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of NHS psychological therapies careers
  • Knowledge and understanding of organisational development and change
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological practice
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of evidence base for psychological practice
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment and psychological intervention practice
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