Highly Specialist Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist / Psychotherapist

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

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Job summary

The SLaM Psychology in Hostels (PIH) Service is an innovative multi award-winning specialist homeless psychology service. For 12 years PIH has led in the development of 'Psychologically Informed Environments' (PIEs) delivering 'Trauma Informed Approaches' and developing best practice for working with excluded and multiply disadvantaged populations across Lambeth and Westminster in partnership with third sector.

The client population have high levels of traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative and neurodevelopment difficulties, on a background of complex trauma, interpersonal difficulties, substance misuse and risk-taking behaviour. This complex combination of needs leads to multiple social exclusion and barriers accessing mainstream services.This exciting role will have the opportunity to both support the development of pioneering MDT homeless neuropsychology work as well work with the wider PIH team to deliver PIEs. A PIE is any service that integrates a psychologically and trauma-informed approaches into its model (incl. Staff training and support, psychological assessment and treatment). PIH PIE model adopts an Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) approaches as well as other evidence-based approaches for working with complex needs groups (Incl. DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Systemic). Here we aim to facilitate recovery by improving MH and wellbeing, reduce substance use, increasing engagement, reduce repeated evictions and other negative outcomes for the clients.

Main duties of the job

This role will be based in Westminster Rough Sleeping Accommodation Pathway as part of a new MDT homeless neuropsychology pilot that aims to supporting clients, other PIH psychologists and our third sector housing partners in their work.

The post holder will:

  • Be a qualified neuropsychologist or have notable neuropsychology experience and interest in further development
  • Work closely with housing partners and other psychologists to develop PIE approaches.
  • Support and train third sector partners and the wider network.
  • Offer individual and group clinical work to clients.
  • Support the assessment (incl. neuropsychological) and onwards referral to mainstream services.
  • Develop and promote new ways of working across pathways from the emerging evidence-base.

This Westminster role will sit within a wider Psychology in Hostels team based across Westminster and Lambeth, which includes: Clinical Lead, a Principal grade Clinical Psychologist, four Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists, eight Specialist Clinical Psychologists, an Art Therapist and several Trainee Clinical Psychologists. As well as this role currently being recruited to, the homeless neuro. pilot will have a dedicated PIH pilot MDT comprised of a specialist psychologist, Occupational Therapist and neuro-GP. This post will be supervised by one of the senior Psychologist in the team, receive specialist neuropsychology supervision and will be supported by SLaM operational and management structures.

About us

This post will be based across third sector run accommodation sites within the borough of Westminster and has a team admin base at Lambeth Hospital close to Clapham North underground station.

Our Trust headquarters is located at Denmark Hill less than 5 minutes from the train station (zone 2). We also provide services and operate across other locations, such as London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark; and substance misuse services for residents of Bexley, Lambeth, Greenwich and Wandsworth.

Benefits:

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package, feel valued and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance.

Some of our benefits include:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leavepackages dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and supporting a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career developmentwith plenty CPD opportunities such as mentoring, coaching, collective leadership and other talent programmes.
  • Accommodation,our staff benefit fromkeyworker housing at selected sites.
  • NHS discountsvia theHealth Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:

  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Date posted

05 August 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£54,223 to £60,316 a year Pro Rata Per Annum Plus Inner London HCAs

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

30 months

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

334-LAM-4453115-JC

Job locations

Lambeth Hospital

108 Landor Rd

London

SW9 9NU


Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a specialist psychology service to adult clients resident in homeless hostels including specialist assessment, neuropsychological assessment, psychological therapy, trauma specific interventions, neurorehabilitation, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

Key Responsibilities:

Clinical

  • To provide a high level of clinical expertise in supporting the psychological needs of clients.
  • To provide highly specialist neuropsychological assessments, formulations and interventions.
  • To ensure services are fair and equitable and meet the needs of the diverse populations we support.

Teaching, training, and supervision

  • To provide specialist training in psychological and trauma-informed approaches to care for other professionals.
  • To provide clinical supervision for psychological work undertaken by qualified psychologists and others.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development

  • To work with the PIH leads to develop neuropsychology care pathways

Research and service evaluation

  • To contribute to the development of services through undertaking service evaluation and audit.

General Responsibilities

  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of key legislation

A full Job Description and Person Specification is attached to the advert.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a specialist psychology service to adult clients resident in homeless hostels including specialist assessment, neuropsychological assessment, psychological therapy, trauma specific interventions, neurorehabilitation, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

Key Responsibilities:

Clinical

  • To provide a high level of clinical expertise in supporting the psychological needs of clients.
  • To provide highly specialist neuropsychological assessments, formulations and interventions.
  • To ensure services are fair and equitable and meet the needs of the diverse populations we support.

Teaching, training, and supervision

  • To provide specialist training in psychological and trauma-informed approaches to care for other professionals.
  • To provide clinical supervision for psychological work undertaken by qualified psychologists and others.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development

  • To work with the PIH leads to develop neuropsychology care pathways

Research and service evaluation

  • To contribute to the development of services through undertaking service evaluation and audit.

General Responsibilities

  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of key legislation

A full Job Description and Person Specification is attached to the advert.

Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession and extensive demonstrable practice in this field (e.g. professional Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or other relevant professional doctorate or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/ supervised practice/ additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration.
  • Registered with professional body as appropriate to discipline HCPC/APC/ BPC/UKCP/BACP/ BABCP/ADMP-UK.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent) OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.

Desirable

  • Additional training in relevant specialist psychological models (Psychodynamic, MBT, DBT, CAT, Systemic, Narrative).
  • Post-Doctoral level training in Clinical Neuropsychology as recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) or eligible for the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of post qualification highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in relevant speciality and/or client group e.g. Addictions/homelessness/complex trauma/psychosis/personality disorder/ mood disorder.
  • Experience of consulting to, and supervising with other staff (incl. psychologists, MDT professionals and third/housing sector workers).
  • Experience of working within a specialist or applied neuropsychology related context.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with homeless people
  • Experience of working with Psychosis or people experiencing unusual experiences
  • Experience of work with substance misuse.
  • Experience of specialist work with trauma and complex trauma
  • Experience of undertaking cognitive rehabilitation

Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Specialist practitioner skills at level 3 in at least one or more models of relevant psychological therapy (MBT, CBT/DBT, psychodynamic).
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive
  • Skills in operational and project development and leadership

Desirable

  • Record of and conference presentations and publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books

Knowledge

Essential

  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and/or HPCP.
  • Highly specialist and transferable psychological skills and knowledge relevant to work with homelessness, complex trauma, personality disorder and addiction

Desirable

  • Specialist knowledge relevant to work in outreach, supported housing and homelessness
  • Knowledge of 'Psychologically Informed Environments' and 'Trauma informed Care'
Person Specification

Qualifications

Essential

  • Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession and extensive demonstrable practice in this field (e.g. professional Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology or other relevant professional doctorate or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/ supervised practice/ additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration.
  • Registered with professional body as appropriate to discipline HCPC/APC/ BPC/UKCP/BACP/ BABCP/ADMP-UK.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent) OR a combination of specialist short courses and/an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a registered body and/or an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher.

Desirable

  • Additional training in relevant specialist psychological models (Psychodynamic, MBT, DBT, CAT, Systemic, Narrative).
  • Post-Doctoral level training in Clinical Neuropsychology as recognised by the British Psychological Society (BPS) or eligible for the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of post qualification highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in relevant speciality and/or client group e.g. Addictions/homelessness/complex trauma/psychosis/personality disorder/ mood disorder.
  • Experience of consulting to, and supervising with other staff (incl. psychologists, MDT professionals and third/housing sector workers).
  • Experience of working within a specialist or applied neuropsychology related context.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with homeless people
  • Experience of working with Psychosis or people experiencing unusual experiences
  • Experience of work with substance misuse.
  • Experience of specialist work with trauma and complex trauma
  • Experience of undertaking cognitive rehabilitation

Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Specialist practitioner skills at level 3 in at least one or more models of relevant psychological therapy (MBT, CBT/DBT, psychodynamic).
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive
  • Skills in operational and project development and leadership

Desirable

  • Record of and conference presentations and publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books

Knowledge

Essential

  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Evidence of post-qualification continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and/or HPCP.
  • Highly specialist and transferable psychological skills and knowledge relevant to work with homelessness, complex trauma, personality disorder and addiction

Desirable

  • Specialist knowledge relevant to work in outreach, supported housing and homelessness
  • Knowledge of 'Psychologically Informed Environments' and 'Trauma informed Care'

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Additional information

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Lambeth Hospital

108 Landor Rd

London

SW9 9NU


Employer's website

https://www.slam.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Address

Lambeth Hospital

108 Landor Rd

London

SW9 9NU


Employer's website

https://www.slam.nhs.uk/ (Opens in a new tab)


For questions about the job, contact:

Clinical Lead & Head of Service, PIH

Dr Emma Williamson

emma.williamson@slam.nhs.uk

07794053137

Date posted

05 August 2022

Pay scheme

Agenda for change

Band

Band 8a

Salary

£54,223 to £60,316 a year Pro Rata Per Annum Plus Inner London HCAs

Contract

Fixed term

Duration

30 months

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

334-LAM-4453115-JC

Job locations

Lambeth Hospital

108 Landor Rd

London

SW9 9NU


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