Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
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Senior Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist for trailblazing Mental Health Urgent Care Department (MHUCD), Basildon Hospital. Band 8b - £58,972 - £68,525 per annum plus 5% fringe allowance - 37.5 hours per week, up to £6000 for relevant CPD over the first three years.
MHUCD is a gateway to either community provision or to acute inpatient services. It serves three cohorts of clients: people with first presentation mental health crisis; people who are known to mental health services who are in crisis; people who have complex systems and changeable needs which cannot be served by traditional 9-5 services.
We know that moving across services can be stressful and make it harder difficult to engage with unfamiliar professionals/ environments, resulting in poor rehabilitation and repeat attendances at crisis services. Your role will help understand, prevent and ameliorate such and other distress and improve the mental health and wellbeing of local service users. You will play a key part in a specialist service that is cost effective, culturally appropriate and based on best clinical and professional practice, to meet Trust objectives, national strategic, and policy guidelines, commissioner requirements and user and carer needs.
Main duties of the job
As part of this role, you will lend your expertise to transitional formulations, consultation and brief interventions to allow for a rich understanding the person and their system. This could inform goal setting and shape interventions focused on re-engagement in self-care, productivity and leisure activities. Depending on need and complexity, this could mean up to 3 sessions as clients move and are seen in another service, supporting continuity of care in a trauma-informed way, as transitions between islands of emotional containment can be particularly difficult. This will support everybody involved to develop mutual understanding/ rapport while co-producing a "passport" to inform care across the system.
- You will develop/deliver staff training & complex case discussion
Your work will be crucial to facilitate integration with other parts of the system (e.g. social care, primary care, VCSEs and specialist services) and therefore, facilitate development of relationships and consideration of opportunities for service development/joint working. You will be in a prime position to champion wider system understanding across a wide geographical patch and integrated care system.
- You will work autonomously within professional guidelines
- You will work on ensuring MHUCD provision is evidence based, meets practice and Trust standards, while providing clinical leadership, evaluation and monitoring of relevant therapeutic, standardised assessments and outcomes.
EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
- Season Ticket Loans
- NHS discounts for staff
- Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
- Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
- The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
- Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
- Day One Flexible Employer
The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment
Join our Staff bank
What is Staff Bank?
Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.
All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.
If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.
- We are looking for a skilled and compassionate psychologist who is able to manage and work positively and proactively both with MDTs, and with people who present to our services with complex needs. You need to bring a passion for promoting a trauma-informed culture while working closely and collaboratively with other professionals.
- This is a varied and busy role working with adults experiencing complex, severe and enduring mental health problems (including personality disorder, severe depression, severe and disabling anxiety disorders, OCD, psychosis, and substance misuse), presentations often involving overlapping conditions (dual diagnosis) and multiple needs sometimes being complicated by organic dysfunction. In the course of their work, the post holder will encounter a range of presenting problems and needs (including complex emotional dysfunction, self-harm, aggression and challenging behaviour, cognitive impairment, severe interpersonal problems, social disabilities), often in cases where motivation and engagement is poor or where understanding or acceptance by the patient of their condition is constrained by psychological, cognitive, linguistic or other factors. You will also work with the patients support networks (including direct care staff, families and other natural carers) and any other services involved in their care.
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