Deputy Clinical Lead - Long Term Conditions

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum, pro rata, 5% of basic salary, min £1136 max £1915
Closing date
24 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We're looking for a talented and experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist, with proven experience in service development and a special interest in mental health and long term physical health conditions. This role is designed specifically to lead on our integrated pathway agenda, so that patients with physical and mental health needs can receive coordinated treatment. The service has already come a long way in developing relationships with physical healthcare, and this role will build on already established pathways and create new ones.

The post holder will be accredited with the BABCP. They will provide professional support and supervision for the teams, to ensure that evidence based, IAPTLTC interventions are delivered and resources are being appropriately and effectively used. As such the post holder will have a focus on seeing good outcomes in recovery rates.

The role will provide an opportunity for you to exercise your leadership skills and clinical expertise, lead on new developments within the service and within the workforce of trainee and qualified staff.

You will have substantial clinical experience within the NHS, have the knowledge and ability to lead people and projects, with the support of the senior colleagues. We'd like to see a real passion for physical and mental health; someone with ambition and drive to make direct improvements for our service users.

Main duties of the job

You will be accountable for the integrated pathways of the following LTCs:
  • COPD
  • Diabetes
  • MSK/Pain
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Coronary Heart Disease

You will be responsible for the relationship building of mental health and physical health services, which will involve face to face meetings, attendance of MDTs, oversight of pathways and coordinated treatment between services.

You will be responsible for reporting data and oversee the accurate recording and allocation of pathway cases on the patient recording system as well as use of appropriate clinical measures for patients on this pathway.

You shall liaise with other mental health primary and secondary services, and link with the Psychological Professions Network group.

You will provide specialist LTC supervision, clinical leadership, consultation, guidance and training to Senior Clinicians, High Intensity CBT therapists, Senior PWPs, PWPs and Assistant Psychologists.

You will have oversight of treatment groups, workshops and webinars, ideally co-produced and co-delivered with colleagues in physical health services.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

HPFT IAPT services are focused on delivering high quality therapy, being amongst the highest performers in the region. Our service continues to exceed the national target of 50% recovery rate and patient satisfaction is high. You will play a key role in monitoring service performance and working with the Senior Team to responsively implement and sustain strategies of quality improvement.

Investing in our team members is important to us and we pride ourselves on the support we offer to staff, providing an extensive programme of CPD and leadership opportunities for all our clinicians and Senior Team. Youll have the opportunity to be part of a fantastic multidisciplinary team of staff who are genuinely committed to improving the lives of our service users and carers.

We have an excellent range of staff benefits.

The Trust itself is a leading provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be the leading provider in the country. Weve been rated Outstanding by the CQC. We are a strongly values-based organisation, so that you and anyone that comes into contact with our services will experience consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional treatment. We are APPTS Accredited which identifies and acknowledges services of high standards.

To lead the integrated care pathway for LTC in Hertfordshire.

To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist Primary Care Mental Health Service to clients with mild to moderate mental health problems.

To supervise and support the assessment and treatment of clients with co-morbid LTCs.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within Primary Care.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

To propose and implement policy changes that will see service improvements and smoother practice between services.

Person Specification Criteria Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology OR Core mental health profession (e.g. nursing, social work, OT) in addition to CBT training meeting BABCP standards
  • Current accreditation as a cognitive-behavioural therapist with the BABCP / current eligibility for BABCP accreditation
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Training at Masters level or above in Health Psychology
  • Qualification or accreditation in DIT, IPT, EMDR or couples therapy
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist for a minimum of four years with 2 years at a highly specialist level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings especially Primary Care, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Evidence of leadership skills development
  • Experience of working with people presenting with Long Term Physical Conditions and of supervising staff working with this population
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
Knowledge and skills Essential
  • Skills in use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management requiring sustained concentration
  • Well developed skills in communication, orally and in writing, to clients, careres and families and professionals
  • skills in providing consultation
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff
  • Ability to identify and employ clinical governance mechanisms for clinical practice
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations

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