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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

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We are looking for an enthusiastic psychological therapist to join our psychological therapies team for a 10 months fixed term appointment. The successful applicant will join the Camberwell and Peckham Community Mental Health Team, providing psychological therapy for service users within the psychosis pathway. This position is available at either band 7 or 8a dependent on experience.

The successful candidate will have knowledge and experience of evidence-based psychological therapies for people who experience psychosis. These include but are not limited to CBT for psychosis (CBTp) and Family Interventions for Psychosis (FIp).

Main duties of the job

The postholder will provide evidence-based assessment, formulation and interventions for individuals and families experiencing a range of mental health difficulties within the community treatment team.

They will work as part of the MDT and provide indirect support and consultation for colleagues.

The postholder will provide supervision for psychological therapists, as needed, e.g. Trainee CBT therapists and Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

Southwark 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.

We are committed to developing an anti-racist psychological therapies service and are looking for a candidate who shares this vision.

We welcome applications from people with lived experience of mental health difficulties.

About us

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (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. There are very few organisations in the world that have such wide-ranging capabilities working with mental illness. Our scope is unique because it is built on three major foundations: care and treatment, science and research, and training.

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

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly specialist psychology service to service users and carers within the Camberwell and Peckham Community Mental Health Team (Psychosis Pathway), 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 in psychological therapies for the Assertive Outreach branch of the AORT team
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and 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.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in : Applied Psychology (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent) (Masters plus PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration OR Cognitive Behavioural Therapy qualification accredited by BABCP. (A/I)
  • Training in an additional, evidence based therapy relevant to complex presentations, e.g. EMDR/NET, or 3rd Wave CBT therapies (A/I).
  • Completed (or about to complete) training course in clinical supervision. (A/I)
  • Additional training in, or willingness to take up in-house /external CPD in CBT for psychosis, through formal post-qualification training OR a combination of specialist short courses, OR through a portfolio of supervised practice. (A/I).
Experience Essential
  • Post qualification experience of working as an NHS clinical/counselling psychologist or CBT therapist, with people with complex mental health problems who require MDT support.( A/I)
  • Post qualification experience of NICE concordant psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature, such as psychosis, bi-polar affective disorders, or complex and long-term anxiety, depressive or personality disorders and other complex mental health presentations . (A/I)
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists/psychotherapists having completed the relevant training. (A/I)
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. (A/I)
  • Experience as a clinical/ counselling psychologist/ CBT therapist, of working within an NHS multidisciplinary secondary care mental health service.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of NICE concordant specialised psychological assessments and interventions for clients who present with complex presentations, such as bi- polar affective disorders, psychosis , and complex and long-termor complex and long-term anxiety, depressive or personality disorders and other complex mental health presentations . (A/I)
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics relevant to complex presentations in adult mental health. (A/I)
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care, and legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I)
  • Doctorate (clinical/counselling psychology ) or MSc (CBT therapist) level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
Skills Essential
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences. (A/I)
  • To support multi-disciplinary team and other practitioners in reflective practise, and in development of psychological knowledge/ formulations of team clients and clinical situations. (A/I)
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • To 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.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups, and well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data. (A/I)
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi- disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability 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.
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.

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