Children's Psychologist - Long Covid Service

Employer
Solent NHS Trust
Location
Portsmouth
Salary
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Profession
Psychologist
Service
Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Grade
Band 7
Hours
Part Time
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We are delighted to have funding for a further 12 months for the Children's Long Covid Service. As a new service established in June 2021, we have been able to show throughout outcome measures that receiving support from this MDT service has made a real difference to the children & young people suffering with Long Covid. We have an exciting opportunity to be part of a multi-disciplinary team Children's Long Covid Service, which includes Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists & Paediatrician Colleagues working across Solent NHS Trust & University Hospital Southampton Trust. This post can be completed virtually, with MDT meetings, consultations, supervision & training online. The case load is predominantly adolescents.

Throughout the Covid 19 pandemic it has become increasing evident that a small number of children & young people have contracted Covid-19 & are suffering with Long Covid. The main symptoms being fatigue, brain fog, anxiety, pain & breathing issues.

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Children's Long Covid Pathway has been set up to offer physical, functional, cognitive & psychological assessments with the aim of improving health outcomes & quality of life for those individuals who continue to experience persistent symptoms 12 weeks from initial illness. Hours worked can be as additional hours or as part of a secondment role (we have funding to backfill your hours).

Main duties of the job

*Triaging referrals to the Post Covid Syndrome Pathway, discussing these with the MDT to ensure all clients receive intervention from the most appropriate services.

*Assessing patients through primarily virtual means independently, making autonomous decisions in the clinical assessment of patients with complex health and social care needs. Some face to face consultations maybe required and requiring travel to sites across Hampshire.

*Agreeing goal orientated programmes in conjunction with the client, his/her family and other professionals involved and planning and implementing appropriate intervention.

*Provide high quality specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions.

*Deliver evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for users with mild to severe mental health problems.

*Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for children and young people.

*Adhere to the recommended number of clinical contacts offered (unless sound clinical reason for not doing so and agreed with clinical supervisor).

*Deliver interactive psycho-education within a CBT framework to individual users and groups of Service users.

*Liaising with other health care professionals, making referrals, making recommendations where necessary to reduce the effect of disability on health and wellbeing.

*To carry a caseload of patients as an autonomous practitioner, including those with highly complex presentations, using advanced clinical reasoning skills.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description Job responsibilities

*The post holder will provide assessment and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to children and young people with Long Covid Syndrome and may extend to also those suffering from Chronic Fatigue.

*This will include specialist interventions to address fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety and depression and generalist advice for sleep disorders and health lifestyle choices. Support to the wider Integrated Care System through liaison and teaching to local services, including therapy teams and education settings.

*To take a role in the specialist psychology intervention to patients as part of the specialist team, assessing and treating own caseload of patients who may have a complex presentation and maintain associated records as an autonomous practitioner.

*Undertake evidence-based projects, including recommendations for change in practice and participate in research and audit.

*Triaging referrals to the Post Covid Syndrome Pathway, discussing these with the MDT to ensure all clients receive intervention from the most appropriate services.

*Assessing patients through primarily virtual means independently, making autonomous decisions in the clinical assessment of patients with complex health and social care needs. Some face to face consultations maybe required and requiring travel to sites across Hampshire.

*Agreeing goal orientated programmes in conjunction with the client, his/her family and other professionals involved and planning and implementing appropriate intervention.

*Provide high quality specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy interventions.

*Manage an allocated clinical caseload in collaboration with the Line Manager.

*Deliver evidence based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for users with mild to severe mental health problems.

*Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for children and young people.

*Adhere to the recommended number of clinical contacts offered (unless sound clinical reason for not doing so and agreed with clinical supervisor).

*Deliver interactive psycho-education within a CBT framework to individual users and groups of Service users.

*Ensure that risk management policies are followed in collaboration with other team members involved in the care of the patient.

*Liaising with other health care professionals, making referrals, making recommendations where necessary to reduce the effect of disability on health and wellbeing.

*Participate in health promotion/education and give advice as necessary to clients and their carers.

*To carry a caseload of patients as an autonomous practitioner, including those with highly complex presentations, using advanced clinical reasoning skills.

*To use valid and reliable outcome measures to evaluate the effect of therapy interventions and ensure that treatment programmes are progressing appropriately to report an at organisational and ICS level.

*To sensitively deal with distressing or emotional circumstances regarding patient care, and communicate highly complex information, sensitively, requiring empathy and reassurance, to patients, carers and members of the MDT both verbally and in writing.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Equivalent or a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (BABCP) (or eligible for) and on the HCPC register.
  • Evidence of ongoing Professional Development in CBT.
Desirable
  • Post Registration qualification in clinical practice.
Experience Essential
  • Post Registration clinical experience in CBT.
  • Experience of treating a wide range of psychological disorders using CBT.
  • Experience of working autonomously.
  • Substantial experience of assessing and recording Risk Management plans.
  • Experience of working with complex conditions as identified through ICD10.
  • Experience of providing education, teaching and training in relation to CBT.
  • Experience of collating and recording clinical outcomes.
  • Engagement in an ongoing CPD CBT programme (including attendance at CBT conferences or training).
  • Clinical experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Experience of working in a constantly changing environment.
Desirable
  • Experience of working within a CAMHS setting.
  • Post registration clinical experience of working within the community.


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