Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata
Closing date
9 Apr 2023

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Band 8A
Part Time
An exciting opportunity for a 0.5 WTE 12-month fixed term/secondment opportunity has arisen for a Psychologist with specialist knowledge in holistic support for those experiencing mental illness and an interest in improving mental health outcomes for those in our communities who are homeless and rough sleeping. Building on the community mental health framework developments to establish mental health treatment and support within communities and improve access to the right support for all. This project seeks to ensure the needs of rough sleepers are embedded in core delivery of Devons Community Mental Health model.

Within this role you will work within a small team to connect with homeless outreach and mental health teams with the aims of building greater connectivity and resilience across these teams to improve access to mental health support for rough sleepers. Using a psychologically informed environment approach the team will work across homelessness outreach and mental health teams and with those who are supported by the outreach teams to develop an understanding of training and support needs and take action to develop and deliver training and awareness across team members and service leaders where required.

Main duties of the job

The post offers opportunities to develop skills in clinical training, leadership, and teaching, and will enable the post-holder to build on their existing knowledge and expertise in clinical practice and work as a part of an Improving access to mental health support for rough sleepers project team.

This role is varied and interesting and we are seeking a flexible and self-motivated individual to play a key role in this project team. The post holder will work within a team with a part time Clinical lead and Specialist OT/RMN/SWand 2 WTE Peer researchers.

The role will initially focus on the southern and western area of Devon and applicants must be able to travel independently throughout this area, there may be opportunities to take learning to other ICS Devon areas as the project develops. Base location for this position is to be confirmed but it is anticipated that there will be a degree of home working and in reach to multiple team bases.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role

Please note interviews will take place on 21st April 2023.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of and skills in designing and delivering teaching and/or training
  • Skills and ability to devise, lead, facilitate and support group work with colleagues and the wider Trust
  • Ability to work effectively as a part of a team, contributing to the achievement of key performance indicators and contractual targets.
  • Well-developed skills and ability to communicate effectively, orally and in written reports, letters and other correspondence, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to other professional colleagues, staff and students both within and outside the NHS.
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency in the English language
  • 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 teaching professionals
  • Post qualification experience of applying advanced research skills within a clinical/other setting.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non- professional groups.
Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist
  • OR
  • BABCP accreditation
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in line with the requirements of professional registration
  • Evidence of completing training and/or CPD in delivery of clinical skills training.
  • Qualification in Clinical Counselling, Applied Psychology or equivalent
  • Further qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g. CBT or ACT
  • Research publications
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as applied within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • High level knowledge of psychological therapies and the application of current models of practice, specialist assessment tools and outcomes frameworks in own specialist area of practice
  • Knowledge of legislation, policy and standards in relation to mental health and their specific area of practice.
  • Working knowledge of the wider psychological professions
  • Established knowledge about training.
  • Knowledge and understanding of pedagogical theory and methods underpinning learning, teaching and assessment.
  • Knowledge of policy and standards related to training in the psychological professions.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Shares the Trusts Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour:
  • Ensures that the organisational values of being open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day, and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant Line Manager; or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate.
  • 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 effectively plan and prioritise own workload, dealing with competing demands and meeting deadlines as required.
  • Ability to contain and work with colleague stress/distress and wider organisational pressures.
  • Ability to act responsibly and with autonomy, to be professionally accountable for clinical and training decisions and work within ethical guidelines of professional body and Trust policies.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues and the ability to integrate this into their practice.
Additional requirements Essential
  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Enhanced DBS clearance
  • Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc.
  • Current driving licence

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