Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (0.4 wte Early Intervention and 0.6 wte Psychological Therapies Service )(37.5 hours) Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.
We are looking for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, with an interest in working with people with psychosis. In the context of the current Access and Waiting Time targets for Early Intervention, we are particularly looking for someone with skills in the provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with psychosis. This is a split post, working across the Early Intervention in Psychosis team and the Psychological Therapies Service.
The postholder will work closely with the Early Intervention in Psychosis team, offering specialist assessment and psychological intervention to service users on the Early Intervention team caseload, providing consultancy, training and supervision to the staff team around the delivery of psychological interventions, and contributing to team meetings and reviews. Psychological input to this team is well established and highly valued by team members. There is another psychologist who also works as part of this team.
The postholder will be line managed within the Psychological Therapies Service (PTS) and will also work clinically as part of this service, carrying a caseload of service users with complex needs, many of whom will have a history of trauma. The Psychological Therapies Service (PTS) comprises a supportive multi-disciplinary team of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Arts Psychotherapists and Clinical Nurse Specialists in CBT. We work closely with the local Recovery Team and the Early Intervention in Psychosis team, offering consultancy and some training and supervision in the delivery of psychological interventions. We already offer a range of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and access to Family Therapy in Bath).
All PTS staff receive regular management and clinical supervision and access to activities to support their continuing professional development. A number of our staff are accredited with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) and we would be able to provide supervision to applicants who are interested in applying for/ maintaining BABCP accreditation. We have close links with local training providers, including the Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme at the University of Bath.
The successful applicant will be enthusiastic and highly motivated to provide a good quality, evidence based psychological service within a changing environment. They will have experience of working with individuals with complex psychological difficulties and risk issues within secondary care, and a particular interest in working with young people with psychosis. They will enjoy working as part of a team and thrive on working under pressure.
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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For further information, or to arrange a visit, please contact Dr Imogen Reid, Head of Psychological Therapies Service, Swindon on 01793 715000 or 07879 440239