Brent Talking Therapies Service is located in the diverse London borough of Brent. This is an exciting opportunity for a Senior CBT Therapist/Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist to join our committed team. We are looking for a qualified and experienced therapist to take on clinical, supervisory, managerial, and service development related responsibilities. You must have substantial experience of working as a CBT therapist in an IAPT service, managing complex client presentations and providing formal clinical supervision to qualified clinicians and trainees. Experience of working with long-term health conditions is highly desirable.
You must have good knowledge of the IAPT programme and have demonstrated high standards of communication skills, problem solving and have developed good professional working relationships with staff, service users, partners and the general public. Candidates musthave current BABCP therapist accreditation as an essential requirement in order to apply for this role .
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Main duties of the job
You will provide expert supervision and support for experienced CBT therapists, psychological wellbeing practitioners and trainees working within the service and contribute to provision of senior clinician cover for the service along with other members of the senior leadership team for duty and evening clinics. You will carry a clinical caseload and contribute to and provide highly specialist assessment, formulation and interventions to clients using a stepped care model in line with the national programme and latest NICE guidance for psychological interventions. You will have had extensive experience of working across Mental Health Services with a range of client groups with moderate as well as complex severe and enduring mental health problems.
The post holder will receive regular clinical and managerial supervision and support and join the senior leadership team within the service. The service has wider links with other Talking Therapies services within CNWL Foundation Trust and the Trust-wide clinical psychology services. We have good links with and have trainees from all the Regional training courses and there would be opportunities to mentor and supervise Trainee Clinical Psychologists, and CBT Trainees.
Interview date: Friday 26th May 2023
The catchment area of the post is the London borough of Brent. The main hub for the service is based at Fairfields House in Kingsbury and there is a satellite hub at Bell House in Willesden will be required to work across both hubs and in other parts of the borough, GP surgeries and community settings.
We operate an agile working policy where staff combine remote working and being on-site to deliver face-to-face appointments and other service commitments that require a hub-based presence. The post-holder will work full-time hours and may be required to work at any times between 8am and 8pm on weekdays including an evening clinic as required by the service.
Benefits of working for Brent include:
- Brent Talking Therapies Service has close links with the CNWL Talking Therapies teams and there are opportunities for further development.
- We are able to offer training in other models of care such as BCT and MBCT.
- Our clinicians also have opportunities to develop in their area of interest, LTC, perinatal, young adults, older adults, outreach/community work, and LGBTQ+
- 27 days of annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
- NHS discount
- Opportunities for career progression
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18 April 2023
Agenda for change
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc HCAS
Brent Talking Therapies Service
Fairfields House, Fairfields Crescent
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- To provide specialist assessments of clients referred to the CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
- To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.
- To integrate with the psychological formulation specialist knowledge of complex mental health disorders.
- To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
- To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
- 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 both uni-and multi-disciplinary care.
- To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service, where appropriate.
- To be responsible for the coordination and management of Departmental Waiting Lists.
- To receive regular clinical professional supervision from the CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service Clinical Lead and where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues
- To provide supervision to qualified low and high intensity therapists and other IAPT staff as appropriate
- To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit. This includes monitoring of performance on IAPTUS in terms of booked appointments, waiting times and recovery rates, amongst others.
- To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing. This would also include leading on areas of service development such as LTC pathways , joint work with physical healthcare teams, service user involvement, and other areas as appropriate.
- To manage the workload of team practitioners, within the framework of the CNWL Talking Therapies Brent Service policies and procedures.
Training and qualifications
- Post-qualification training in Cognitive Behavioural Treatment (CBT) recognized as leading to accreditation.
- Applicant must have therapist accreditation with the BABCP.
- Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
- Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
- Substantial post qualification experience of working within an IAPT service as a qualified high intensity therapist.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of mental health conditions and across care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
- Experience of interdisciplinary working within the NHS in adult mental health
- Experience of interdisciplinary working within the NHS
- Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision of staff from a range of clinical backgrounds.
- Experience of line managing staff or managing projects within an IAPT service
Knowledge and Skills
- Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
- Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
- Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
- Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BABCP.
- Training in supervision
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialized psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc). High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
- Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
- Experience of leading and carrying out research projects and interpreting data using statistical analyses.
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
- Experience of working within a multicultural framework, including ability to deliver therapy in languages other than English
Certificate of Sponsorship
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