Senior Psychosocial Intervention Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year per annum
Closing date
13 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The East London Foundation NHS Trust is looking for an experienced Senior Psychosocial Intervention Practitioner who can contribute to the provision of evidence-based psychological interventions for service users with a diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar affective disorder (BPAD) within City and Hackney.

The borough was an early-implementer site for the Community Mental Health Transformation of mental health services. We established eight separate Neighbourhood Teams which are intended to offer a place-based service responsive to local needs. More recently a Neighbourhood Recovery Service has been established. This offers a more intensive multidisciplinary level of mental health care to service users who need a care co-ordinated level of support. The Neighbourhood Recovery Service works closely with the Neighbourhood Teams, and service users can be stepped up and stepped down from one level of support to another depending on their needs.

You will work as part of the Neighbourhood Recovery Service psychology team. We comprise clinical and counselling psychologists, three senior psychosocial intervention practitioners, an assistant psychologist and trainee psychologists. We are embedded within the Neighbourhood Recovery Service (NRS), a multidisciplinary team which was formed out of the old Recovery CMHTs in the borough. Our psychology team provide a service to service users under the care of the NRS.

Main duties of the job

The post is designed to contribute to the provision of psychological therapies for people with a diagnosis of psychosis or bipolar affective disorder who are under the care of community mental health services in City and Hackney. The post is based in the Neighbourhood Recovery Service, a community mental health service providing care coordinated level of support, and will involve providing psychological interventions to service users under both the Neighbourhood Recovery Service, and one of the Neighbourhood Teams.

The post will involve offering evidence-based psychological interventions such as cognitive behavior therapy for psychosis (CBTp) and behavioural family interventions (BFI) as part of the psychology team. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the psychology service's group programme.

As a Senior PSI post, it is expected the post holder will contribute at a training / supervision level. This could involve providing training and supervision in BFI to Trust staff, or else in supervising individual therapists in delivering CBTp.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • oRelevant professional mental health qualification (Nursing, Social Work, OT, Psychology.)
  • oAccredited BABCP CBT therapist, OR qualified trainer in Behavioral Family Interventions
  • oTraining in Cognitive Behavioral Psychology for Psychosis (CBTp) equivalent to CBTp Diploma standard.
  • oTraining in Behavioural Family Interventions
Experience Essential
  • oAt least three years practice of adult mental health in the NHS since qualifying in mental health.
  • oWork with client groups with severe mental health problems.
  • oExperience of delivering CBTp interventions
  • oExperience of delivering BFI interventions
  • oExperience in providing supervision in CBTp or BFI
  • oExperience of working in a multidisciplinary team.
  • oExperience of working with interpreters.
  • oExperience of groupwork
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oUnderstanding of cognitive and family intervention models of psychosis and application of this to individual cases.
  • oCommunication and relationship skills: able to establish therapeutic relationship; ability to assess presenting problems; able to use skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance. Ability to teach groups through didactic and practice-based learning and constructive feedback. Ability to facilitate learning in clinical supervision.
  • oPlanning and organizational skills: Able to plan, organize and prioritise own workload.
  • oInformation resources: Able to record and report on clinical information as required. Competent in use of word processing including internet, email, Excel, powerpoint. Ability to use video as necessary for teaching purposes.
  • oResearch and guidance: Awareness of theory practice links. Awareness of current theories for psychological interventions for psychosis.
  • oFlexibility: Ability to adapt approach according to need.
  • oCultural awareness: Aware of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
  • oAbility to provide a culturally competent service.
  • oAbility to provide a trauma-informed service.

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