Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.
We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.
We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative Clinical Psychologist to join our team of specialist Psychological Therapists working within the Bristol Complex Psychological Interventions Service (CPI). We are looking to recruit someone to be based solely in the South Bristol Crisis Team (Petherton Resource Centre). The role requires an ability to hold a psychological perspective amongst the stresses of crisis work and to support the Crisis team staff to do likewise. Offering assessment, formulation, the development of psychologically informed care plans, team supervision and reflective practice. You will need excellent interpersonal skills to support the development of psychological thinking and intervention within multidisciplinary teams. Experience of delivering supervision and training would be essential.
This is a vibrant and busy Crisis team co-located with the South Assessment and Recovery Team. The successful applicant would join a well – established, multi-disciplinary team of CPI staff working in South Bristol. You would be management supervised by a member of the South CPI team and have good links with other practitioners working into the other crisis teams in Bristol Central and North. Psychological input into the South teams is well established and highly valued by team management, more senior management and team members.
Avon and Wiltshire Partnership Trust alongside nine partner organisations known collectively as “Bristol Mental Health” have been commissioned to provide services to adults and older adults with mental health issues across Bristol. This innovative model of mental health services brings together statutory and voluntary sector providers.
The Complex Psychological Interventions Team (CPI), is part of Bristol Mental Health. CPI offers a range of activities to support psychologically informed care within the secondary mental health service. CPI has a strong presence in the Support and Recovery and the Crisis Team. The CPI also offers additional support, through supervision and training, to a variety of partner organisations.
CPI is comprised of multidisciplinary professions, including Clinical Psychologists, Arts Psychotherapists, Medical Psychotherapists and Specialist Nurses. Staff are located in a central hub (at Callington Road Hospital), as well as at community mental health team bases. CPI provide a range of services both direct to clients, and supportive functions to staff teams that are designed to enhance the interventions delivered by teams, as well as contributing to the resilience and well-being of staff.
CPI offer complex assessment and formulation, as well as the provision of a range of therapies including specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and third wave approaches, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Psychotherapy, Arts Psychotherapies, Family Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Therapy is offered in individual and group formats.
The successful applicant will provide specialist assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation, alongside staff training, supervision, consultation, advice and support to the south Crisis Team. It will be important for applicants to be aware of the latest evidence-based interventions and be able to evidence outcomes.
We are looking for applicants with a particular interest in working with people with a broad range of complex and enduring mental health difficulties across the life span including older adults who are treated within the ‘ageless’ service.
Issues of diversity, accessibility and equality of access are priorities for any successful applicant. Bristol is a vibrant diverse community and services must be accessible to all.
As well as working closely within the south Crisis team, you will receive excellent support and supervision from more senior and well established CPI members. There will be opportunities for regular connection to the wider CPI, including opportunities for continuing professional development and development of innovative research projects. We also have close links to the Universities of Bath and Exeter and there will be opportunities for you to participate in teaching and supervision of trainees.
The post is suitable for experienced applicants or newly qualified applicants with a passion for Crisis work.
Please ensure you read the job description and person specification attached and that your supporting information reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria. All successful applicants will be notified via the email address provided and all further correspondence will be through email, therefore please ensure that you regularly check your emails after the closing date for this post. Please note that we would be grateful if you could provide us with email addresses for your referees when prompted by the application form.
This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check.
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
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Informal enquiries are encouraged. In the first instance please contact either Jennie Dickerson or Caroline Steere on 0117 919 5680 or email Jennie.Dickerson@nhs.net.