Band 8a Practitioner Psychologist: Psychosis Lead & Elp team

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This role consists of two main areas of responsibility: Psychosis Lead (22.5 hours) &Early Intervention in Psychosis team (15 hours). We are interested in hearing from candidates who may be interested in one aspect of the role, or both.

Psychosis Lead: Are you passionate about improving access to psychological interventions for people with psychosis and Bipolar Disorder? We are looking to recruit an experienced practitioner to act as a lead for the development of access to psychological interventions for people with a diagnosis of Psychosis & Bipolar Disorder in Swindon.This role will also involve linking up with the Psychosis Leads in BANES and Wiltshire to co-ordinate service developments across the Division.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIp) team: This team provides specialist input to people presenting with a first episode of psychosis and their families. Psychological input in this team is well established and highly valued by team members. You will be working alongside a more junior Practitioner Psychologist, and several team members have completed training in family interventions for people with psychosis. The EI team is co-located with the Recovery Team and the Psychological Therapies Service, in the centre of Swindon.

Main duties of the job

Psychosis Lead: You should have significant post-qualification experience of providing psychological interventions for service users with Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder. Alongside carrying a clinical caseload, you will play a key role in widening access to NICE recommended psychological interventions for service users with these difficulties in the Locality. The role will involve consultation to colleagues in other teams, andthe provision of supervisionto colleagues undertaking training in CBTp and/or family interventions for Psychosis within the Locality. You will work closely with the Senior CBTp Therapist and with the Psychosis Leads from BANES and Wiltshire.

Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIp) team: You will provide highly specialist assessment, formulation and evidence based psychological intervention to a caseload of service users, on the Early Intervention in Psychosis team caseload. As an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, you will be involved in team formulation, team case discussions and consultation to other team members around the delivery of psychological interventions. You will provide clinical supervision to the junior Practitioner Psychologist within the team and other practitioners undertaking training in psychological interventions.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

Swindon PTS comprises a supportive team of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, CBT Therapists, a Family Therapist and Arts Psychotherapists. We have established links with local training providers in Clinical & Counselling Psychology. All PTS staff have access to regular activities to support their ongoing professional development, including a bi-monthly CPD club. We offer a range of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, DBT, CFT, EMDR and Family Therapy.

The team has a strong emphasis on promoting staff wellbeing, including a bi-monthly reflective practice group and monthly Compassion Focussed Staff Support sessions.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification for full details of the responsibilities associated with the post.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in a relevant, evidence based psychological therapy.
  • Supervision Training
Skills and experience Essential
  • Experience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Clinical supervision/ consultation with other professionals.
  • Evidence based therapeutic interventions with client group
  • Psychological assessment skills and knowledge.
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/ organisationally
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
  • Experience of delivery of training
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as an integral member of a team.
  • Relevant R&D or clinical audit work post qualification
  • Clinical supervision of Clinical or Counselling Psychology trainees.
Personal qualities Essential
  • Good communication and liaison skills.
  • Well organised with good administration skills.
  • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group.
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload.
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self awareness and emotional resilience.

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