Macmillan Specialist Psychotherapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
East & North Hertfordshire
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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The Macmillan Psychology Service stretches across East & North Hertfordshire to provide psychological care for people with cancer and palliative care needs, their families and carers. The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist assessment and psychotherapy to adult Cancer & Palliative Care patients, their families and carers, as an integral member of the East & North Hertfordshire Macmillan Psychology Service and the Clinical Health Psychology Service. The role also involves provision of teaching, advice, consultation and supervision on clients' psychological care to non-psychology colleagues. The post holder will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of individual, family and group psychotherapeutic interventions, and audit. The service works in collaboration with a range of voluntary agencies as well as other Trust services. The service is provided within a range of settings including hospital and hospice inpatient units, care homes, community clinics and, where necessary, in patients' homes.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures.

Main duties of the job

  • Working across organisational boundaries to ensure the delivery of coordinated psychological services for patients with complex specialist Cancer and Palliative care needs in hospital, community or voluntary sector hospices across East & North Hertfordshire.
  • Maintaining an identified caseload of patients providing expert specialist advice, psychotherapy and consultancy to patients, families and carers within the Cancer and Palliative Care Services, ensuring a high standard of professional conduct and practice
  • Promoting a patient focused service and service user involvement
  • Ensuring that clients receive a culturally competent service and that equality and diversity values underpin the day to day working of the practice area.
  • Provision of expert advice, supervision and consultancy to a wide range of professionals within the Cancer & Palliative Care services
  • Liaising with other professionals within the multi-disciplinary team to promote partnership working.
  • Provision of teaching of psychological knowledge and skills to non-psychology colleagues
  • Participate in data collection, audits and research relevant to the team.
  • Development and implementation of carer support interventions.
  • Assisting in the development of the service in collaboration with professional managers and commissioners.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Job description Job responsibilities

For detailed responsibilities please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification attached to this vacancy.

Please contact Dr Daria Bonanno at for any queries regarding the role.

Person Specification Knowledge/Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Professional background in mental health or social care to at least first degree level (for example nursing, social work, psychology, etc.)
  • Master's or Doctoral Degree or equivalent professional diploma in a specific psychotherapeutic modality. Competence and experience of working with individuals, groups, couples and families.
  • Eligibility for membership of professional psychotherapy body (e.g. UKCP)
  • Experience of working as a Psychotherapist for a minimum of 2 years
  • Experience of working with adults with cancer and palliative care needs and their families and carers and an understanding of psychological therapies applied to these client groups, their families and carers.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development as required by professional registration and willingness to participate in a CPD programme relevant to the requirements of the post.
Skills/Experience Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Ability to choose most appropriate mode of intervention for clients, families and carers
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS, in highly emotional situations.
  • Experience of working with families and carers
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups and ability to supervise and support staff within the speciality

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