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Applied Psychologist /Psychological Therapist PCN

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
No Wrong Door -- Transforming Mental Health Care for Our Local Population

To tackle this, we are going to:

1.Ensure that at the start of a person's recovery, wherever and however a person accesses care they are met with compassion, understanding, and supported with both their physical and mental wellbeing.

2.Build teams around communities that are close to people's homes, by working with our partners including the voluntary sector, making sure people's recovery is close to their personal support networks.

3.Provide people who are working across these physical and mental health services with the right support and training, making sure we have creative career options across the area.

Southern Health NHS Trust will be working with Primary Care Networks, known as PCNs, to develop teams of health and care professionals including wellbeing practitioners, nurses, experts in psychology and psychiatry, social workers, and education and employment support workers.

Portsmouth and South East Division at Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) are now in a position to offer an exciting opportunity for an innovative and flexible professional who is able to network and be part of the building blocks for the transformation of frontline mental health services.

Main duties of the job

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to the new and ongoing innovative roles working collaboratively across primary and secondary care. The post holder will work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for own work and intervention and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines, policies and procedures. As part of the transformation of adult mental health services in the community you will work within the Primary Care Networks developing key relationships involving General Practitioners and Primary Care colleagues, italk, secondary care mental health services, other non SHFT health care staff (e.g. Inclusion) and non-statutory organisations (e.g. Solent MIND).

You will help shape the role and develop accessible, community-based support in the form of psychologically informed care, activities and groups that help to address the holistic wellbeing needs of the local population. You will work with others to reduce inequalities, stigma and accessibility issues to create sustainable change. The role may be subject to change as it develops.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

1.To foster multi-professional, multi-agency care of people of people in the PCN including assistance with the management and communication of complex information and concepts regarding individuals and their needs.

2.Working to support the principles of no wrong door and aim to reduce the gaps in services in the provision of mental health care with an approach to patients health needs rather than their diagnosis.

3.To provide highly specialist trauma informed psychological assessments of patients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patent's care.

4.To formulate and implement highly complex plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patient's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

5.To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

6.To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

7.To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

8.To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

9.To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the patient group.

10.To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

11.To act as lead clinician where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including patients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.

12.To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-professional care.

13.To deal appropriately with the intense emotional atmosphere surrounding therapy contacts on a daily basis and to work with frequent intense concentration for the clinical sessions of assessment and therapy.

14.To work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for own work and interventions, their prioritising and planning and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies

15.Facilitate a systemic understanding of severe and complex mental health problems where particular interpersonal relationships or other factors may lead to repeated crises or relapse.

16.To promote the physical health care of clients with mental health illness by working with Primary Care colleagues to deliver a holistic care package to those on the Severe Mental Illness register.

17.To identify and address factors leading to the team having difficulty in maintaining a consistent approach with individual patients.

18.To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific patient group and mental health, as well as physical health related to severe mental health problems.

19.To be involved in the delivery or facilitation of teaching, training and continuing professional development of a variety of PCN or other identified staff both internally, through the trust and via appropriate local academic institutions.

20.To deliver clinical supervision to identified staff in relation to clinical practice within own levels of competence and in accordance with professional practice guidelines.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical 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 AND HCPC Registration
  • OR
  • DCounsPsy AND HCPC Registration
  • OR
  • Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology and HCPC Registration
  • OR
  • RMN, Dip SW, Dip OT or BSc OT.
  • AND
  • Accreditation by an appropriate psychotherapy organisation (e.g. BABCP, UKCP, ACAT).
  • OR
  • Qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma) with additional modality training in an interpersonal approach eg CAT, IPT, CCC

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