Psychosocial Intervention Practitioner

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Per Annum Inc HCA
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a qualified NURSE, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST or SOCIAL WORKER to work in this exciting psychological role.

Newham is well known for its innovative and responsive mental health services. Staff in the Borough are committed to a service approach for people with mental health problems, emphasizing community based interventions, psychological therapeutic approaches in all settings and user involvement in all aspects of care. The Borough is exceptionally rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and this, together with extensive regeneration projects makes it a vibrant place to live and work. Psychological services in the Borough deliver a highly regarded service to a number of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. The service is characterised by reflective practice, service development and its commitment to supervision, support and CPD.

Secondary Care Psychological Services are in Step 4 aiming to meet the psychological needs of users of adult mental health services who have complex and severe mental health problems. The service aims to lead in creating a psychologically literate workforce across services in the London Borough of Newham and to bring a psychological perspective to the work of individuals, teams and systems. It focuses both on evidence-based clinical excellence and developing practice-based evidence relevant to meeting the needs of a very diverse population.

Main duties of the job

  • Manage a personal caseload providing psychosocial assessment and interventions within their level of competence (family interventions and CBT informed interventions) in consultation with the CMHT clinical psychologists, and as agreed with NCRT Manager, within the set referral criteria in line with the NICE guidance, under appropriate clinical supervision
  • Act as care co-ordinator with an agreed number of NCRT service-users in line with CPA Policy for up to 2 sessions per week (Maximum of 5). Clients to be agreed by clinical and professional supervisor and NCRT team leader in line with the care co-ordination protocol. Post-holder will be responsible for maintaining clear boundaries between conflicting demands of the two aspects of the job.
    • Establish joint and/or co-working practice with NCRT team members for psychological interventions for service users as appropriate.Ensure a seamless approach by liaising with other professionals as requiredImplement and evaluate high quality packages or service user centred care, as required.
    • Participate in setting up and running of groups in collaboration with other team members

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations

Job description Job responsibilities

Please could you kindly refer to the job description and person specification attached to this vacancy.

Person Specification Education and Training Essential
  • oRelevant Professional mental health qualification (Nursing, OT, Social Work).
  • oRegistration with relevant professional body
  • oRecognised training/courses in psychological assessment; interventions; working with psychosis.
Experience Essential
  • oWell-developed practice of adult mental health in the NHS and secondary care services since qualifying in mental health
  • oWork with client groups with complex and severe mental health problems.
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary team.
  • oExperience of working with service users with psychosis and bipolar affective disorder.
  • oWork in a multi-cultural setting.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oUnderstanding of cognitive and family intervention models of psychosis and application of this to individual cases and family work.
  • oCommunication & Relationship skills: Able to establish therapeutic relationship; Ability to assess presenting problems. Able to use skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • oResearch & Guidance: Awareness of theory-practice links. Awareness of current theory re psychological interventions in psychosis

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