An opportunity has arisen to join the Swindon LIFT Psychology (IAPT) service as a qualified CBT Therapist. LIFT see clients that are presenting with depression and anxiety disorders and has a strong reputation for the LTC (Long term health conditions) work that we do with our clients. This role will involve delivering our high-intensity CBT interventions.
As part of our team, you will be able to attend our annual IAPT conference, with our fellow AWP IAPT services (BANES and Wiltshire), in which we invite speakers for CPD sessions. LIFT Psychology also hosts two team days each year (summer and Christmas). These are opportunities to come together as a team, receive CPD, focus on service development and reflect on the achievements of the year. At LIFT we place a high value on our staff team and their wellbeing, with regular team social events, a staff book club and a focus of wellbeing throughout the work that we do.
You will also receive regular supervision and an extensive programme of CPD opportunities to ensure your continued learning and development while you are working as part of a clinical network within a large Mental Health Trust.
As well as delivering high quality therapy, we offer the opportunity to become involved in co-facilitating step 3 courses and provide in-house training with additional support to help you develop in this role. We also encourage our therapists to develop specialisms to help with our service delivery.
Main duties of the job
Relevant experience and a passion for working with those with mild to moderately severe anxiety and depression is a key requirement of the post.
You should have the relevant IAPT qualification or equivalent and have access to your own transport, as you will need to be independently mobile and able to travel to different locations in Swindon.
To provide individual and group psychological therapies for people with a wide range of psychological presentations.
To offer regular Clinical supervision (both individual and group) to peers, trainees and other staff.
To help offer a highly specialist and entirely autonomous evidence-based therapy service to the established LIFT service in Swindon.
To provide an advanced and specialist assessment and treatment role in the sectors, using relevant CPD qualifications for clients presenting with high levels of distress/emotion/behavioural disturbance.To undertake regular teaching, as appropriate, in psychological approaches to relevant staff including trainees and team members.To assist in the planning and implementation of service developments regarding specialist areas of skill linked to service priorities in collaboration with local Clinical Managers. (e.g. long term conditions, complex needs).
About us 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.
At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.
You will be joining IAPT at an exciting time with expansion across all areas, which will open up excellent development opportunities for new and existing team members.The role will be a blend of remote and at base working. This will include up to 2 days a week working from our base, delivering face-to-face, in person, appointments, and the remaining 3 days working remotely.
Job description Job responsibilities Clinical
To allocate approximately 70% of time to direct and indirect clinical which should be predominantly CBT based.
To provide a community mental health service to patients referred by the General Practitioners at the nominated surgery by working flexibly.
When required, to assist with group psychological activity as discussed with the Clinical Lead.
When required, to gather together and organise information about opportunities and resources in the local area which may be of benefit to clients referred to the service (e.g. voluntary and community organisations, educational and recreational opportunities).
When required to participate in liaison meetings with GPs and other members of the Primary Care Health Team, as appropriate.
When required to supervise other staff within the service.
To advise the Clinical Lead about the supervision needs of the staff. Professional:
When required to participate in the Psychology Service business and professional meetings including Departmental Meetings and other meetings as required.
To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directives of the Trust.
To maintain and further develop high standards of Clinical Psychology and Counselling practice through co-operative work with other Clinical/Counselling Psychologists and Counsellors and involvement in professional audit.
To comply with the Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, Counsellors in Primary Care and British Psychological Societys Code of Conduct as well as procedures and government legislation, as it applies to the service. Clinical Governance
To support the Clinical Lead in the development and implementation of effective Clinical Governance across the Service.
When required to support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit in the service.
To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.
To participate in Clinical Governance processes in the Service and in the profession. General
To participate in liaison meetings with GPs and other members of the Primary Care Health Teams as appropriate.
To participate in audit and personal review activity as required.
To compile and return statistics and activity levels as required.
To undertake such further training as might be required to maintain an appropriate level of expertise.
To participate in individual and peer supervision.
To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directions of the department, service and Trust.
When required to participate in the research activities of the service.
To participate in disseminating good practice by publication and presentation.
To train other staff as appropriate. Key Working Relationships
Staff in Primary Care Psychology and Counselling Service.
GPs and primary care teams.
Representatives of user and voluntary groups.
Other psychology and counselling colleagues across the Trust.
CMHTs and AMH Psychology staff.
Person Specification Qualifications Essential
- Full accreditation with BABCP or eligibility for BPS/CPC and eligibility for accreditation with BABCP
- Experience of working in an IAPT service so that the post holder is able to work comfortably in a stepped care model of service delivery.
- Mobile with the facility to move quickly across a geographically dispersed area with limited access to public transport.
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