Senior Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum including HCAS
Closing date
2 Feb 2023

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Eating Disorders
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is a fantastic opportunity for a Psychologist who is keen to progress into a senior role, and take on some supervisory and leadership tasks. You will receive regular supervision from the 8b Psychologist in the team, and also be supported by the friendly multidisciplinary team consisting of Nursing, Psychiatry, Family Therapy and Dietetics.

The post is varied and offers the opportunity for family work, 1:1 work, group work, multi-agency liaison and consultation, as well as supervision, management and service development tasks. CPD is strongly supported and training could be provided in new treatment models, such as Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia/Bulimia (or other relevant models of interest)

The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic, build excellent relationships with MDT colleagues and service-users, and have experience of working with young people in services that manage complexity or risk. Eating disorder experience is valued, but someone who has a relevant experience and a passion for learning would be welcomed and supported to develop new specialist eating disorder skills.

Interested candidates are welcome to visit or contact us for further information.

Main duties of the job

Your primary base will be in vibrant South Kensington and you will also be required to work at the satellite clinic in Harrow on selected days.

Staff wellbeing and CPD are priorities. Vincent Square is an all age service and offers excellent opportunities to benefit from cross-service learning sessions. The post-holder will also have access to CNWL Leadership programmes, and the excellent Trust Psychological Professions Workforce Development Programme, which offers diverse and high-quality CPD opportunities.

To provide a specialist therapy to clients in the CYP Eating Disorder service, across all sectors of care.

This includes the provision of highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to colleagues and to other non-professional carers.

About us

The post holder will be working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams' policies and procedures.

Skills required for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team and service.

The post holder will be based at the Vincent Square Clinic Eating Disorder Service and will provide clinical and other services mainly across the out-patient programme.

You will be expected to work flexibly across both sites (Chelsea and Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow). Service provision within this scope may at times involve travelling to different sites within the catchment area.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

Clinical:1. To provide specialist assessments of clients referred to the team, 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 structuredobservations, and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care).2. To diagnose patients eating and related psychiatric problems.3. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems. To employ methods based upon evidence of efficacy in the outpatient setting.4. To be responsible for implementing psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups. This occurs within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining anumber of provisional hypotheses.5. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual.6. To integrate (with the psychological formulation) an understanding of the medical aspects of the eating disorders and associated medical conditions.7. To liaise with other clinicians involved in the patients care, in order that appropriate physical checks and interventions are carried out to ensure the patients physical safety.8. To understand the role of relevant physical treatments (e.g. nutrition, pharmacology).9. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.10. To provide specialist advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.11. To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.12. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.13. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients, and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.14. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni and multi-disciplinary care.15. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.

Teaching, training, and supervision1. To receive regular clinical and operational supervision from the teams Lead clinical psychologist and where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.2. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision.3. To provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.4. To provide clinical placements for appropriate trainees, ensuring that they acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.5. To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainees and assistants.6. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of other professionals, as required by the head of specialty.7. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • An upper second class honours degree or higher in psychology or an equivalent subject relevant to mental health.
  • Doctoral level training in an applied clinical field that includes models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology. This must be accredited by the relevant professional body.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Training in additional therapy models such as cognitive analytic therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy and/or motivational interviewing.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Substantial post-qualification experience of working within a relevant therapeutic framework, with patients who present with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity. This should include specialist training/experience.
  • Substantial supervised post-qualification experience of delivering evidence-based therapy for the eating disorders and common comorbid conditions.
  • Experience working in CAMHS/Eating Disorders
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Supervised experience of delivering other treatments for the eating disorders, including cognitive analytic therapy, motivational work and/or dialectical behavioural therapy methods.
  • Experience of the application of therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Working with children & young people with an eating disorder
  • Provision of supervision to clinicians and trainees working with the eating disorders.
  • Knowledge of the theoretical and evidence base for understanding, formulating and treating the eating disorders and comorbid personality pathology.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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 field of mental health.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of early intervention eating disorders specific therapy.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one other specialised psychological therapy.
  • Training in supervision of trainees and assistants.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, as recommended by the relevant professional body.
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism and commitment to ongoing therapy in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of therapy in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Understanding of systemic theory and practice
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Publication and presentation of clinical research in the field of the eating disorders or associated areas of mental health.
  • Legislation and DOH guidelines relevant to children and mental health
Other Essential
  • 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.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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