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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
61 Glenburnie Rd, London SW17 7DJ
Grade
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Part time - 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
294-FASP-3448982-FR-C
Site
Springfield University Hospital
Town
London
Salary
£54,223 - £60,316 per annum pro-rata inc of HCAS
Salary period
Yearly
Closing
07/02/2022 23:59

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

As a psychologist working at Burntwood Villas, you will be responsible for coordinating the psychological input to the residents; conducting assessments for new admissions (brief or comprehensive depending upon need) and evidence-based treatment interventions. You will be involved in psychometric testing in order to evaluate the efficacy of treatment interventions or identify treatment needs. You may be involved in pre-admission assessments and neuropsychological assessments where necessary. You will have a small caseload of individual clients with whom you can work for short-term or longer-term interventions. You may wish to be involved in cofacilitating psychotherapeutic groups already run at Burntwood Villas or developing your own groups collaboratively with other staff members and or residents. The psychological approach that you use will depend upon residents’ identified needs and your skills set

In keeping with our obligations under the new Coronavirus Regulations 2021 in relation to Care Home visits, the successful candidate will be required to provide evidence of full vaccination status against Covid-19

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Specialist/Highly Specialist Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist to join our team at Burntwood Villas, an Inpatient Community Rehabilitation facility. As a psychologist working at Burntwood Villas, you will be responsible for coordinating the psychological input to the residents; conducting assessments for new admissions (brief or comprehensive depending upon need) and evidence-based treatment interventions. You will be involved in psychometric testing in order to evaluate the efficacy of treatment interventions or identify treatment needs. You may be involved in pre-admission assessments and neuropsychological assessments where necessary. You will have a small caseload of individual clients with whom you can work for short-term or longer-term interventions. You may wish to be involved in cofacilitating psychotherapeutic groups already run at Burntwood Villas or developing your own groups collaboratively with other staff members and or residents. The psychological approach that you use will depend upon residents’ identified needs and your skills set. 

Working for our organisation

We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

 

  1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological (and neuropsychological) tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care.

 

  1. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental health problems and problematic/offending behaviour, 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.

 

  1. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and reformulating the therapeutic models as appropriate on the basis of feedback and follow up, drawing on a number of different explanatory theoretical models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

 

  1. 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.

 

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

 

  1. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the clients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

 

  1. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all residents.

 

  1. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide specialist advice to other professionals in the NHS on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management, as well as to other external agencies concerned with Public Protection, such as Social Services, Probation, Multi Agency Public Protection Panels (MAPPPs) where necessary.

 

  1. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.

Person specification

TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS

Essential criteria
  • Doctorate level training in clinical, forensic or counselling psychology, including specifically: models of psychopathology; clinical psychometrics and two or more distinct psychological therapies as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HCPC under the appropriate domain specific title
Desirable criteria
  • Further post graduate training in relevant areas of professional psychology, mental health practice and/or research design and analysis.
  • Trained in the theory and practice of clinical supervision of psychological therapy practice
  • Advanced supervision training in a therapeutic model (e.g. psychodynamic, systemic, CBT, MBT or DBT).

EXPERIENCE

Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of people with mental health problems, personality disorder and offending behaviour problems.
  • Experience of co-facilitating psychosocial groups.
  • Experience of working within a Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Experience of working systemically with friends and family members of service-users.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training.
  • Experience of providing supervision to others.
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist (if applying for 8a).
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working in forensic and/or substance misuse services.
  • Experience of leading on areas of service development.
  • Experience of leading a research project

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

Essential criteria
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical skills and judgement
  • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS, Local Authority and other agencies, parents/carers and clients.
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence-based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical and applied psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.
  • Capable of being individually accountable for own clinical interventions
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets.
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies to treat people in secure settings.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychological practitioners.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults
  • Proven ability in carrying our clinical audits.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Name
Kwame Fumey
Job title
Ward Manager
Email address
kwame.fumey@swlstg.nhs.uk
Telephone number
07973 938 534