Clinical Psychologist in Home Treatment Team and Liaison Psychiatry

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc
Closing date
16 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a newly created full time post, offering varied and interesting work for an experienced clinical psychologist to join two well established and dynamic teams - the Home Treatment Team and Psychiatric Liaison Team. The post holder will divide their time between both teams and will work closely with the Operational Manager, Consultant Psychiatrists and other senior team members, providing a highly specialist clinical or counselling psychology service to service users of both teams. They will receive supervision from the LeadAcuteConsultant Clinical Psychologist, and have links to both the acute and community psychology teams.

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

They will work across a range of settings - mental health services, the acute medical hospital wards and accident and emergency. The post holder will provide consultation, co-working, teaching, training, supervision and research as well as developing specific training to enhance the systematic provision of psychological interventions offered to service users by all members of the team within a 'stepped-care' framework.

The post holder will undertake assessment, psychological interventions and family interventions for the most complex presentations and to contribute to safe therapeutic discharge plans in order to enhance recovery and prevent relapse.

About us

Hillingdon mental health services are committed to providing trauma informed interventions across their services and the post holder will receive training and lead on implementing a trauma informed approach with the Home Treatment Team and Psychiatric Liaison. The post holder will provide training and regular supervision to the both teams, working closely with colleagues to support the Trauma Informed Approach.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users referred to the teams based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, service users family members and others involved in the service users care. Ensuring all service users referred to the teams have equitable access to the range of psychological interventions applicable to the service based on presenting need.

  • To formulate and implement focused plans for the formal psychological treatment and / or management of a service users mental health challenges, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the service users challenges, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning socio-economic, historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users.

  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan. To support the team in providing care to service users with highly complex presentations in acute crisis.

  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.

  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
    • Doctorate level training in Clinical/Counselling Psychology
    • Further post qualification training in specific psychological therapies
    Experieince Essential
    • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of service users across a full range of settings
    • Experience of MDT working
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Demonstrate further specialist training / experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist, or an alternative agreed by the Trust Chief Psychologist
    • Experience of working in acute/crisis services
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
    • Experience of using family/systemic interventions
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non professional groups
    • Evidence of Continued Professional Development
    • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Approaches
    Knowledge and Skills Essential
    • 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, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists, including trainees.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the service user group and mental health.
    • Experience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
    Other Essential
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Personal experience of mental health challenges.
    • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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