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Senior Psychologist Practitioner / Psychotherapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting a two qualified Senior Psychological Practitioner / Psychotherapist, to work across our acute psychiatric pathway (Inpatient and HTT). This is an exciting opportunity to work across the acute pathway, supporting SU, families and clinical teams. You'll also contribute to the development of a transition / post discharge programme, offering time limited follow-up and community integration for SU / carers. You will be working as part of a wide and diverse P&P team, joining a number of exciting and existing developments in Croydon, including a range of Peer Support Worker and High Intenisty Users services.

** We would be willing to consider newly qualified band psychologists / psychotherapists as part of the preceptorship.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose:
  • To provide a highly specialist psychological interventions according to discipline including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist.
  • To promote service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within registration body guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.
  • To be active in the provision of staff support within their area, including but not limited to Critical Incident Staff Support and Reflect-Support-Resolve. To participate, as a recipient, in staff support work when appropriate.

About us

SLaM provide the widest range of NHS mental health services in the UK as well as substance misuse services for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. We work closely with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London and are part of King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

SLaM employ around 5000 staff and serve a local population of 1.1 million people. We have more than 230 services including inpatient wards, outpatient and community services. Currently, provide inpatient care for approximately 5,300 people each year and treat more than 45,000 patients in the community in Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; as well as substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

By coming to work at SLaM, you will gain experience of being part of an organisation with a rich history and international reputation in mental health care. You will have access to professional development and learning opportunities, and have the chance to work alongside people who are world leaders in their field. SLaM delivered more than 14,000 training experiences in 2014; providing an extensive range of learning opportunities for staff at all levels. In addition, our working relationship with King's Health Partners allows those working at the Trust to get involved in academic research.

Job description Job responsibilities

Main duties
  • Evidence-based assessment, formulation and interventions for individuals and families who experience mental health difficulties
  • Offer the provision of staff support and case formulation, developing the therapeutic milieu across inpatient wards and HTT. Including working part of the MDT and provide indirect support and consultation for colleagues.
  • Supporting the development of post discharge community transition services.
  • Provide supervision for psychological therapists, as needed and would be encouraged to support trainee clinical psychology placements.
  • Croydon is a diverse borough and the postholder will work to engage with the local community and take their needs into consideration to provide an accessible service.

Person Specification Knowledge Essential
  • oEntry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/ psychotherapists profession and demonstrable practice in this field (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration. (A/I) oAdditional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice (specify options required by the post) through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher. (A/I/R) oCompleted training course in clinical supervision and/or accredited to supervised qualified psychological practitioners in relevant discipline. (A/I/R) oRegistered with professional body as appropriate to discipline HCPC/APC/BPC/UKCP/BACP/BABCP/ (A/I) oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by the professional body. (A/I)
  • oTraining in DBT, CBT, Open Dialogue
Experience Essential
  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision. (A/I) oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature. (A/I) oExperience of supervising assistants and trainees having completed the relevant training. (A/I) oPost-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. (A/I)
  • oExperience of working in acute care and Home treatment team oWorking with High Intenisty Users / Repeat users of acute / crisis services
Knowledge Essential
  • oTheoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment. (A/I/R) oAdvanced knowledge of the theory of psychological therapy and it's therapeutic application. Associated awareness of assessment and clinical psychometrics. (A/I/R) oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I/R) oKnowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care. (A/I/R) oTo deliver psychological/psychotherapeutic therapy across cultural and other differences. (A/I/R) oTo select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources. (A/I/R) oKnowledge of a range of a range of therapeutic ideas/approaches systemic models in assessment and treatment relevant to discipline (A/I/R) oKnowledge of racial and other diversity issues and factors affecting access to mental health care. (A/I/R) oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions. (A/I/R)
Skills Essential
  • oTo communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. (A/I/R) oTo plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers (and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews where appropriate). (A/I/R) oTo plan allocation of tasks to assistants/trainees as appropriates. (A/I/R) oWell-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data. (A/I/R) oSkills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups. (A/I/R) oConsultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups and sensitively managing, a number of people's needs simultaneously within the context of therapeutic work/consultation. (A/I/R) oTo select and administer specialist assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources. (A/I/R) oSpecialist practitioner skills in discipline (A/I/R/E)
Abilities Essential
  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles. (A/I/R) oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate. (A/I/R) oAbility to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings (A/I/R) oAbility to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these. (A/I) oAbility to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour. (A/I) oAbility to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self - Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of physical interventions as prescribed by Trust policies.). (A/I)

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