To provide a qualified psychology service primarily to Older Adults with complex and enduring mental health problems living within the London Borough of Harrow; providing highly specialist psychological assessment, neuropsychological assessment, and therapy in the contexts of a multidisciplinary community mental health team (CMHT). To offer advice and consultation on clients’ psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team’s policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development, and research within the area served by the team.
Main duties of the job
To provide specialist quality psychological practice for older adults, their families and associated services within the Harrow Memory Service and the Harrow Older Adult Home Treatment Team.
CNWL has a strong culture of support and CPD within our OA Psychology community.
There’s a place for you at CNWL:We’re passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient’s own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.
We’re always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we’re hoping to find our future leaders and we’ll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more – whatever stage of your career you’re at, there’s always a place for you at CNWL.
24 April 2023
Agenda for change
£46,836 to £52,849 a year pa inc HCAS (pro rata if PT)
3rd Floor Bentley House
15-21 Headstone Drive
- 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 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, across the full range of care settings.
- To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
- 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
- To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans
- To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan
- To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group
- 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 according to Trust Policy
- To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care
- 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 ensure that all services provided are acceptable and accessible to the clients of diverse community backgrounds.
Teaching, training, and supervision
- To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues
- To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology and/or the service as agreed with the professional psychology manager
- To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate
- To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists
- To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology, as appropriate
- To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
Management, recruitment, policy and service development
- To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service valuation and audit
- To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
- To manage the workloads of assistant psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures
- To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of assistant / graduate psychologists
Research and service evaluation
- To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members
- To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research
- To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision
- To familiarise themselves with, and to comply with, the Trusts requirements on research governance.
IT responsibilities (other than those used for research)
- The post holder will input and maintain, appropriate computer and manual statistical data and provide this to the service manager/Head of speciality when necessary.
- To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post holders professional and service manager(s)
- To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.
- To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self governance in accordance with HPC standards, professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society, and Trust policies and procedures.
- To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.
To be noted:
- This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the post holder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in
discussion with the manager.
- This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder
- The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information, clinical governance including research governance
TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS
- Doctoral level training in clinical Psychology, or BPS Chartered Status for counselling psychologists, including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS
- To hold current registration with the HPC as a practitioner psychologist.
- Training in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
- Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
- Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
- Experience of working with people in later life and the challenges presented to them.
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 nonprofessional groups.
- Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
- Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised 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.
- Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia 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
- Hold a current full driving license and have access to a car or other suitable transport for use at work.
- Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
Certificate of Sponsorship
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