Psychological Therapist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly motivated Psychological Therapist to work on an innovative project within the Adult Mental Health Services (Community and Inpatient) in North Yorkshire, York and Selby. We are looking for someone who can work alongside our clinicians supporting the provision of high quality, reasonably adjusted mental health services for autistic people who access our AMH Teams.

This is a full-time, 12 month post until 31st March 2024 and offers the successful candidate an opportunity to work both clinically and at a service development level.

Main duties of the job

Working across Adult Mental Health Services in North Yorkshire, York and Selby to ensure that all autistic adults have access to an equitable, reasonably adjusted mental health service from TEWV.

Supporting the delivery of autism awareness training for staff in the relation to the delivery of reasonably adjusted psychological therapy

Monitoring the implementation of reasonable adjustments within the teams addressing all aspects of the way therapies are delivered and making them accessible for autistic people.

Working alongside clinical staff to support the delivery of reasonably adjusted psychological therapies.

Working with experts by experience to support co-production.

Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website.

We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

About us

This project is aligned the TEWV Trustwide Autism Project which works across the whole Trust and across all specialties.

The autism project aims are to:

Train all staff in autism awareness, with relevant clinical staff trained at a higher level.

Ensure all staff understand the impact of Autism on Mental Health.

Make sure staff can make reasonable adjustments for autistic people.

Help autistic people to access mental health services.

Provide a clear pathway to autism assessment.

Provide diagnostic services at the highest possible standard.

Ensure all autistic young people have a consistent, high-quality transition plan in place when they move to adult services.

The project was recognised as being innovative, winning the National Autism Society's Professionals Awards Winner in 2019 for Outstanding Health Services.

The Trust is committed to providing support and supervision for continuing professional development and we have an excellent track record for developing our workforce. We provide excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, teaching/training, and research and audit in line with strategic developments.

Job description Job responsibilities

This role provides the opportunity to work alongside clinical colleagues within the Adult Mental Health Service within North Yorkshire, York and Selby to support the provision of autism friendly mental health services for autistic people experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Co production is key to the development and improvement of our services.

The post holder will also offer specialist autism supervision, advice, consultation and training to Adult Mental Health Teams within North Yorkshire, York and Selby. The successful candidate will work under the support and guidance of a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist. Training and service developmental opportunities are key parts of the role. There are opportunities for innovation and leadership as we look to continually improve our services.

The post holder will:

Be accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of governed psychological therapy with autistic clients with highly complex mental health conditions.

Be compassionate in meeting the needs of autistic clients, their carers and families.

Be proactive in continual service improvement within own area.

Be responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client.

Support the development of autism aware risk assessments and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management of autistic people.

Formulate plans for psychological therapy for autistic clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A qualification that leads to registration with a professional regulatory body (HCPC, GMC, NMC or Social Work England) AND current registration with this professional regulatory body. (If a different regulatory body please seek advice from Head of Psychological Professions)
  • A qualification that provides eligibility for accreditation in one of the four Governed Psychological Therapies
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Significant experience working with autistic people
  • Experience of making reasonable adjustments to therapy
  • Delivery of teaching/training
Skills Essential
  • Post-graduate qualification showing evidence of supervised practice in an evidence-based psychological therapeutic model

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