Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Arts Therapist/Psychotherapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
7 Apr 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Arts Therapist or other Psychotherapist to take up a substantive role in the Adult Mental Health Specialism. The successful applicant will be based with Psychology and Psychological Therapy term that supports secondary community mental health services in Torbay and the wider South Devon area. We are a friendly and committed department with a strong values base around promoting and upholding psychological approaches to mental distress. The psychology and psychological therapies service has a range of therapists and applied psychologists working within it and offers group, individual and family intervention in a variety of models including Arts Therapies, CBT based approaches, CAT and other integrative and relational approaches, as well as some dedicated group work services.

The post holder will link with the wider adult mental health teams within Devon Partnership NHS Trust, providing specialist psychological assessments and therapy, for individuals, groups and families as well as team consultations, formulations, and the supervision of staff. As a member of the clinical team the successful applicant will support the Professional lead on issues of clinical governance, evaluation and the management of waiting lists.

Creative innovations and collaborations in skill sharing, and training are blossoming through the Community Mental Health Framework.

Main duties of the job

This is a permanentfull time (37.5 hours per week) position,open to applied psychologists, psychotherapists, or psychological therapists registered with an appropriate body. The successful applicant will join the Torbay Psychology and Psychological Therapy (PPT) team, a part of the wider South Devon PPT team and be managed by the Torbay PPT Professional Lead. They will mainly be based in the locality, working with and alongside the local Core Mental Health, Assessment and Wellbeing Teams and PCN Mental Health Team.

The team is friendly and committed, with shared strong values acknowledging the social and psychological determinants of emotional distress, developing Psychologically Informed Environments and Trauma-Informed Services. The service offers group, individual and family interventions in a range of models. We support each other through supervision, CPD events, team meetings and reflective practice groups. We have good links with local D Clin Psy and D Couns Psych training courses and M.Sc trainees in family therapy.

CPD is available through a number of routes. Individuals and teams can make applications for training bursaries and we have recently been able to support applicants for accrediting therapy trainings. CPD is also available through HEE funded trainings and these have included Family Therapy, MBT, EMDR and DBT.

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

The principal purpose of the job is to improve the psychological health & wellbeing of people within the post holders specialist field of practice.

This will be achieved in this post through undertaking the following areas of responsibility:

1. Providing a Clinical/Counselling Psychology or Psychotherapy service to people referred to the PPT service as a key component of services provided by Devon Partnership Trust

2. Providing local clinical leadership, co-ordination and supervision for trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the psychology service, under the general direction and supervision of the Professional Lead

3. Carrying a specialist caseload of clients, and providing advice and consultancy to patients, family members, carers and professionals.

4. To provide clinical supervision and consultation to the wider community mental health teams in the locality as part of integrated mental health team working.

5. The post holder will be supported by senior colleagues within their specialist field. The post holder will be expected to make good use of the expertise of others within the service to further develop their clinical skills with this client group.

6. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service / local team.

7. The post holder will receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body. Observe, and abide by all relevant Professional Codes of Conduct and Practise including the British Psychological Society. The post holder will be fully registered with the Health Professions Council as a condition of employment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Communication and Working Relationships

Clients, family and carers: To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner with clients who may have specific difficulties in understand and/or communicating and who may be hostile, antagonistic or highly emotionally disturbed.

Multidisciplinary team colleagues: To work closely with colleagues in the multi-professional integrated mental health and wellbeing service on a day to day basis.

Health & social care staff: To communicate with a wide range of health & social care staff in hospital and in community settings in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under the services care. To provide support & guidance in the application of psychological principles and techniques, and to foster reflective practice.

Senior managers & professional staff: To maintain and build good working relationships with senior professional staff and managers across the Psychology and Therapy service and in DPT to foster a positive approach to the integrated mental health and wellbeing service and to enable effective negotiation.

Planning and Organisation

The service: To plan and prioritise own workload, balancing the demands of patient care, support and guidance of carers and professionals and service research and development activities.

To contribute to the planning and organising of the psychology and therapy services within the locality area and to contribute to the development and improvement of provision of psychological services within services to best meet the organisations strategy and priorities.

The multidisciplinary service: To provide psychology/therapy knowledge to the multi-professional planning, development and marketing of mental health and wellbeing services.

Responsibility for Judgement and Analysis

To provide specialist clinical/counselling psychology/psychological therapy expertise and advice.

To provide psychological therapies/other therapies, developing specialist psychological formulations and assessments of clients, formulating plans for their psychological treatment and implementing specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups.

To support the Professional Head, General Manager, Practice and Strategic Development Leads and Professional Leads by undertaking service development and redesign projects and coordinating the resulting work within the team.

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment and Therapy

Assessment & intervention: To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about assessment, treatment and discharge, including the management of risk. To formulate plans for psychological treatment and implementing specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups and to demonstrate awareness of diversity issues.

Consultation & guidance: To provide advice, guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to colleagues, other service providers, patients, supporters and families.

Policy, Service, Research, Innovation and Improvement

The post holder is accountable for their own professional actions, acting within Trust policies and procedures and Professional Practice Guidelines.

Policy & service: To support proposed changes for policy and for service development.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment and Other Resources

Careful use of equipment.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership and Management

Leadership & supervision: To supervise the work of assistants &/or trainees as required. To provide supervision & consultancy to health and social care colleagues.

To support placements for trainee staff in line with professional guidelines

Information Resources and Administrative Duties

To maintain accurate records, compliant with Trust Practice Standards.

To be responsible for using an email account to generate, monitor, and respond to the e-mail traffic by which the Trust conducts much of its internal communication.

Responsibility for Research and Development

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work within the PPT and local mental health services.

To support project work including specific areas of audit, research or service evaluation

As a clinician to be responsible for collecting clinical practice and outcome data that contributes to building practice based evidence and service evaluation.

Freedom to Act

The post holder is accountable for their own professional actions, acting within Trust policies and procedures and Professional Practice Guidelines

To work autonomously within clinical professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the governance of psychological practice within the locality/specialty. Interpretation of professional and Trust guidelines, and implementing policies in conjunction with peers, Head of Profession and General Manager.

To provide specialist clinical/counselling psychology/psychotherapy expertise and advice guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to colleagues, other service providers, patients, supporters and families.

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

To ensure all clinical care and treatment provided by psychologists/therapists is carried out under appropriate supervision and leadership.

To ensure that all relevant staff groups continuously update the skills and techniques relevant to their clinical work.

Review of this Job Description

This job description is intended as an outline indicator of general areas of activity and will be amended in the light of changing service needs. This job description is to be reviewed in conjunction with the post holder on an annual basis.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent) and eligible for Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society and registered with HCPC. Psychological Therapists need to be trained to Masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body e.g. UKCP, BABCP.
  • Further training or experience in clinical specialism
  • IT Skills
  • Further training in related area.
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy
Experience Essential

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