RelATe Senior Trial Therapist
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT
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The Relational Approach to Treating Self-Harm (RelATe) trial is an National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funded feasibility randomised controlled trial, evaluating Cognitive Analytic Therapy as a treatment for adults who self-harm. Self-harm is a significant clinical concern given the association with distress, and subsequent risk of emotional difficulties and suicide.
The prevalence of self-harm in the UK is also increasing. Despite this, current services, and support for people who self-harm is lacking. Many people receive no treatment, or interventions that do not meet their needs. Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) is a widely used relational approach that has real potential as an intervention for people who self-harm. It is a trans-diagnostic model that can be delivered in a brief 8 session format. Whilst research so far supports CAT as a treatment for a variety of mental health difficulties, research into its suitability for adults who self-harm is still preliminary. A key next step is to ascertain whether larger clinical trials of CAT for adults who self-harm could be feasibly undertaken.
This is a unique opportunity to develop specialised treatment skills and to participate in a National Institute of Health Research funded evaluation of new psychological treatments.
Main duties of the job
To deliver the therapy according to the study treatment protocol to ensure a consistent approach is taken throughout the study. To contribute to the developmental aspects of advancement of theory and clinical practice necessary for modification of the treatment manual. To contribute to the supervision of the other trial therapists and to treatment fidelity, within the context of a group supervision setting.
To contribute to the implementation of research into clinical practice.
To liaise effectively with the other Senior Trial Therapists and team members to ensure communication about all aspects of the study are maintained. To keep and file detailed and accurate records to ensure the correct data, as required for the study, is collected and recorded.
To adhere to high standards of data recording to ensure patient confidentiality is maintained.
To undertake other appropriate duties as deemed necessary relevant to the position of Senior Trial Therapists in the study trial.
To be responsible for recording, monitoring and reporting on clinical and research work and communicating, in a skilled and sensitive manner, complex clinical information (including assessment, formulation, treatment plans and progress) to a variety of recipients (e.g. trial colleagues, participants, other professionals) orally, in writing and electronically.
Greater Manchester Mental Health (GMMH) Foundation Trust employs over6,400members of staff, who deliver services from more than160locations.
We provide inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bolton, the city of Manchester, Salford,Trafford and the borough of Wigan, and a wide range of specialist mental health and substance misuse services across Greater Manchester, the north west of England and beyond.
Greater Manchester is one of the world's most innovative, original and exciting places to live and work. From the beauty of the surrounding countryside to the heart of the vibrant inner city with great shopping, entertainment and dining options.
Wherever you go you will experience a great northern welcome with people famed for their warmth, humour and generosity.
Our people enjoy their work, have opportunities to learn and develop their skills and are encouraged to generate new ideas that improve care for our service users.
11 October 2022
Agenda for change
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Bury New Road
See attached detailed job description and person specification:
- 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays rising to 29 after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years
- Excellent pension
- Cycle to work scheme
- Salary sacrifice car scheme
- Wellbeing programme
- Blue Light Card Discounts
- Postgraduate / Doctorate level training in applied psychology (Clinical/ Forensic/ Counselling Psychology) as approved by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), and registered with HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist or BABCP accreditation as a CBT therapist
- To have completed the first year of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner training. The training provider must be recognised by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT). This may include applicants who completed the first year of CAT training as part of a Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme (where year 1 CAT training is an embedded part of the programme).
- To have fully completed Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) practitioner training. The training provider must be recognised by the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).
- Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients within adult mental health care settings
- A minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience
- Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
- Experience of working therapeutically with clients who have experienced self-harm
- Experience of research
- Experience of using CAT or CAT-informed approaches with clients experiencing self-harm
- Experience of providing supervision
- Shows evidence of knowledge and expertise into the issues of providing psychological therapy to patients who self-harm
SKILLS & ABILITIES
- Evidence of high level of general clinical skills
- Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
- Ability to work creatively, co-operatively, reliably and consistently both as an independent practitioner and in multi-disciplinary and team settings
- Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers, colleagues and other professional contacts
- The job holder must be assessed by Occupational Health as having a level of fitness to carry out duties/tasks after reasonable adjustments under the terms of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 have been made.
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).
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Greater Manchester Mental Health NHSFT
Bury New Road
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