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Clinical Psychologist in Eating Disorders - Band 8a

Zoek Pin Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

£35.00 - £59.00/hour

Temporary (Full time)

Posted 8 days ago


To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist clinical psychology service to patients with complex mental health problems including severe, enduring and multiple disorders, and challenging behaviour. To provide specialist expertise in Eating Disorders within the Buckinghamshire community service, as well as on a county and cross-county basis. To provide specialist consultation, supervision and training to staff (including other band 7 psychological therapists and trainee and assistant psychologists) in relation to CBT-ED and other evidence-based psychological models for Eating Disorders. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit and contribute to research and training within the areas served by the teams and service. To be involved in service developments (including implementation of the New Care Models across in-, day and outpatient services in Oxon and Bucks) as appropriate.

1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of patients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources. These will include psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patient's care.
2. To make skilled evaluations to formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patient's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patient's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
3. To implement a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups within and across the Adult Eating Disorder service, adjusting and refining psychological formulations, informed by different exploratory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individuals, family or group.
5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based care plans, including communication with the referral agent and others involved in care.
6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients' formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
7. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
8. To act as care co-ordinator, where appropriate, for a case load of patients.

9. To communicate and give feedback in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni-and multi-disciplinary care.
10. To provide advice, guidance and consultation to peer and junior professionals within the service, both individually, and by attendance at team referral and review meetings.
11. To develop and provide a specialist role in relation to patients. This will include the development of treatment programmes to be run jointly with other staff, thus disseminating psychological expertise across the service.
12. To take part in assessments as agreed with the team manager/consultant psychologist.
13. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC and BPS as well as Trust policies and procedures.
14. To work as a full and active member of the multidisciplinary team

Teaching, training, and supervision
1. To receive regular clinical, professional, and managerial supervision from the consultant psychologist and where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues and line managers as appropriate.
2. To provide post-qualification training (CPD) experiences and contribute to the supervision of recently qualified clinical and other applied qualified psychologists and trainee clinical/counselling psychologists attached to the service, as appropriate and in consultation with relevant others.
3. To participate in and contribute to post-qualification training for Clinical, Counselling and Applied Psychologists in the Trust, as required, and also to other clinical colleagues and doctorate training courses.
4. To undertake training and teaching (. of CBT-E) for other qualified and unqualified Health and Social Care Staff, User groups and Volunteers, patients and carers, as required and commensurate with experience.
5. To maintain and develop skills in the area of professional pre- and post-graduate training and clinical supervision.
6. To provide advice, consultation, training and clinical supervision to staff working with young people and adults with eating disorders and their families across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate

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