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					 Profession             Job Title                                       Band
 Psychology             Clinical Psychologist in Newham CMHT            8a

Essential Criteria

 Question                                                                Expected Answer
 Do you have Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its
 equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by BPS        Yes
 (British Psychological Society)
 Do you have qualification for clinical supervision for Doctoral
                                                                         Yes
 trainees
 Do you have experience of working as a qualified clinical
 psychologist for a minimum of 2 years including relevant experience     Yes
 with in-patients in acutely disturbed settings

Core Competencies

 Area of competency           Competencies

 Patient care                 Provide specialist psychological assessments of patients

 Management/                  Supervise, support and co-ordinate psychological assessment and therapeutic
 Communication                interventions provided by other members of the team

                              Respect diversity across culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion
 Equality & Diversity
                              and age
                                 Newham Psychological Service

                         LOCALITY COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH TEAM

Job Title:                       Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Grade:                           Band 8a

Hours:                           37 ½ hours per week

Accountable To:                  Operationally accountable to CMHT Manager for achievement of
                                 team objectives.
                                 Professionally accountable to Clinical Psychology manager.

Responsible For:                 Teaching, training and supervising others within the discipline
                                 and members of other disciplines on psychological theory and
                                 practice. Coordinating the work of more junior psychologists and
                                 managing assistant psychologists as required by the needs of the
                                 service.

Managed & Professionally Supervised by: Locality Lead for Psychology Services for CMHTs

CRB Level:                       Enhanced

CONTEXT:

The team mission is to provide a quality service for people with severe and enduring mental health
needs by working in active partnership with service users, carers and other organisations.

We will:
   Respect diversity across culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion and age.
   Use flexible and accessible approach.
   Provide a holistic therapeutic approach and resources to improve quality of life.
   Work with you to achieve your goals towards recovery.
   Promote and develop choices.
   Work to the objectives set for the Locality.

Job Summary:

Be a member of a locality mental health team, covering CMHT, prioritising service users with severe
and enduring mental health difficulties.

Be responsible and accountable for the direct provision of specialist clinical psychology service,
including specialised assessments, formulations and interventions.

Contribute to the provision of a specialist psychological perspective for the work of the team.

Provide highly specialist psychological advice to other members of the team.

Clinically supervise and co-ordinate the work of assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and
other psychologists where appropriate.

Develop and support the psychological work of other staff groups through teaching, training, clinical
supervision and consultation, including General Practitioners and voluntary organisations.
Take a community lead ( linking with the secondary care teaching and training programme in
Psychological Services) in organising the provision of teaching and training undertaken by service
members, and inform the wider service of this work.

Contribute to the provision of a highly specialist psychological input to SU with severe, complex and
enduring mental health difficulties across settings , directly and indirectly, by engaging in interface
work. Take the lead for a specified area for interface work as required

Formulate and undertake clinical audit and research activities as a job requirement.

Participate in CPD and other developmental activities, keeping up to date with relevant psychological
research and national guidance (DoH, NICE etc).

Develop working partnerships with other members of the psychology & counselling service, relevant
statutory and voluntary agencies, locality services and providers/commissioners as appropriate.


Areas of Responsibility
Direct Clinical Work:

Be responsible for choosing and providing appropriate highly specialist psychological assessments.

Employ a broad theoretical knowledge base to analyse, interpret and compare complex information in
order to develop a highly specialist understanding and to design specialised intervention programmes
tailored to individual need.

Be responsible for direct delivery of a broad range of specialist psychological interventions and
programmes which require the modification of plans and strategies as practice and experience
demands.

Be responsible for providing and receiving highly complex, sensitive, distressing and emotional
information in relation to mental health issues, where there are often barriers to acceptance.

Spend sustained amounts of time with service users who may be aggressive and hostile, who may
have poor communication skills and self care and special physical and/or mental health needs.

Communicate across language and cultural barriers.

Be responsible for recording, monitoring and reporting on clinical work and communicating complex
clinical information to a variety of recipients, e.g. service users, families and carers, other
professionals, MAPPS and other formal panels and statutory and voluntary organisations, orally, in
writing and/or electronically, and as specified by the service.

Act as care co-ordinator to an agreed number of service users ( no more than 5).

Contribute to the provision of a highly specialist psychological input to SU with severe, complex and
enduring mental health difficulties, directly and indirectly, by engaging in interface/liaison work to
ensure joined up care pathways across settings . Take the lead for a specified area for
interface/laison work as required.

Take into account the particular needs of people from minority ethnic groups, and adapt assessment,
formulation and intervention as appropriate.


Indirect:

Use a broad theoretical knowledge base and highly specialist clinical skills to develop and support the
psychological skills of others (assistant, trainee and other psychologists and members of other staff
groups, particularly ward and CMHT based staff) via the development and delivery of teaching,
training, supervision, support and consultation.

Be responsible for providing a psychological perspective/psychological expertise for service or team
activities, including clinical care, team or service dynamics, systems, health promotion, team or
service organisation, in a range of settings, e.g. CPA meetings, ward rounds, case discussions, team
meetings.

Provide advice, guidance and support in more general ways, to staff in the community and wards, and
to families and carers.

Be responsible for developing and maintaining knowledge of local resources and developing working
relationships with relevant statutory, voluntary and community groups and organisations.

Be responsible for proposing innovative responses to identified community needs and developing
these in consultation with senior colleagues.

Supervise clinical/counselling psychologists in training, (from two years post qualification) and other staff
as appropriate.

Supervise qualified clinical psychologist as appropriate.

Participate in the organisation and delivery of training events and consultancy covering this highly
specialist area, and including work with local voluntary organisations.

Deputise for the lead psychologist for CMHTs , at meetings related to service development and
evaluation.

Participate in the evaluation of services, including collection of monitoring information as required.

Contribute to service development, raising the profile of the CMHT Psychology team in Newham.

Formulate and undertake service related research and audit and support other staff in research activities.

Receive regular clinical and management supervision in accordance with good practice guidelines to
ensure high quality work, to engage in the Individual Performance Review process and continuing
professional development, and generally work within a clinical governance framework.


POLICY & SERVICE
DEVELOPMENT

Organise own day to day activities, plan and prioritise own clinical workload.

Manage waiting lists and patterns of attendance in consultation with line manager and service
manager.

Identify and propose potential changes to work practices and procedures in own area of work and
contribute to discussions on service wide and specialism issues.

Participate as a member of the Newham Psychological Service, attending relevant business, clinical and
quality assurance meetings, including Whole Service Meetings & Away days.

To work in accordance with Trust Policies & Procedures and the Code of Conduct of the British
Psychological Society.

HUMAN RESOURCES

Supervise and co-ordinate the work of assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and qualified
psychologists where appropriate.
Provide specialist advice to, teach, train, supervise, support and consult to members of other staff
groups on psychological theory and practice.

Take a community lead in organising the provision of teaching and training undertaken by CMHT
Psychology Team members, link with the secondary care teaching and training leads, and inform the
wider service of this work.

Develop and deliver, jointly with other clinical psychologists where necessary, teaching events for
clinical psychology Doctoral training programmes.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

Maintain and update research, knowledge and skills.

Develop and implement service related and/or academic research projects.

Develop and implement clinical audit and survey projects.

Organise and supervise research activity undertaken by assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists
and qualified psychologists where appropriate.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Record and report on personally generated clinical information.

Enter clinical information as required into local and Trust electronic information systems.

Prepare teaching materials and presentations to a professional level.

				
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