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    Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist/Psychotherapist - Worthing, United Kingdom - University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)

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    Job summary

    We are seeking a highly specialist practitioner psychologist or psychotherapist to join the team of Cancer specialist psychological professionals working across UHSX. The new post holder will work between Worthing hospital and St Richards hospital in Chichester and be part of a larger team who work in all 4 main UHSx hospitals. They will deputise for the service lead, provide clinical leadership re the provision of psychological therapies in cancer care in Worthing and Chichester, carry a clinical caseload and provide staff supervision and training.

    Main duties of the job

    To provide a psycho-oncology service to inpatient and outpatient services within Cancer services based at St Richards hospital Chichester and Worthing Hospital. (Travel is expected between the 2 sites, and infrequent travel to Brighton). The work will include not only service delivery, planning, development, and evaluation, but also clinical work with patients and their families; teaching; staff support, supervision, audit and clinical governance activities.

    Provides expert clinical leadership re the provision of psychological therapies for cancer patients & their families in UHSussex.

    Works with and deputises for the Lead Psychotherapist on the provision of high-quality psychological care of cancer patients and staff caring for them in UHSussex.

    Provides specialist advice and consultation on psychological aspects of care to multidisciplinary teams, patients & carers.

    Provides clinical supervision & a training for other staff members involved in the provision of psychological care of cancer patients in the inpatient & outpatient settings of UHSussex.

    Manages psychological therapists (volunteers, trainees & paid members of staff) to ensure the effective & efficient provision of psychological therapies service for cancer patients & relatives in inpatient & outpatient areas of UHSussex.

    About us

    At UHSussex, diversity is our strength, and we want you to feel included to help us always put the Patient First, as shown in our Outstanding for Caring CQC rating. Your uniqueness and experiences will be part of our creative and innovative community where everyone is encouraged to succeed. We have a range of Staff Networks to help break down barriers, and can offer a buddy to help new members settle in. We're proud to be a Disability Confident Employer (Level 2) and a Veteran Aware Trust.

    We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our Wellbeing Programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it - because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

    As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

    We look forward to receiving your application and the start of your journey with UHSussex.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Role Summary

    To provide a psycho-oncology service to inpatient and outpatient services within Cancer services based at St Richards hospital Chichester and Worthing Hospital. (Travel is expected between the 2 sites, and infrequent travel to Brighton). The work will include not only service delivery, planning, development, and evaluation, but also clinical work with patients and their families; teaching; staff support, supervision, audit and clinical governance activities.

    Works with and deputises for the Lead Psychotherapist on the provision of high-quality psychological care of cancer patients and staff caring for them in UHSussex.

    Provides clinical supervision & a training for other staff members involved in the provision of psychological care of cancer patients in the inpatient & outpatient settings of UHSussex.

    Manages psychological therapists (volunteers, trainees & paid members of staff) to ensure the effective & efficient provision of psychological therapies service for cancer patients & relatives in inpatient & outpatient areas of UHSussex.

    Will be responsible for the recruitment & appraisal of other members of the psychological therapies team (volunteer, trainees & paid therapists) ensuring the delivery of high-quality counselling & psychotherapy.

    Main Duties and Responsibilities

    Provides professional & expert leadership, motivation, and supervision re the provision of psychological care for cancer patients & their immediate family members.

    To provide highly specialised psychological therapy with clinical autonomy and to work in ways that recognise equality & diversity.

    To provide training on psychological care of cancer patients that is accessible to staff throughout the trust that includes level 1 and level 2 accredited training in psychological care of cancer patients.

    Provide assessment and highly specialist counselling & psychotherapy to cancer patients with complex & high levels of distress.

    To utilise at an expert level an extensive range of therapeutic approaches for a broad range of psychological conditions that cancer patients may experience eg EMDR, psychosexual therapy, ACT.

    To undertake risk assessment and risk management considering the level of trauma & distress experienced by the patient.

    To refer on to appropriate psychiatric, social or health care agencies as required.

    Assess physical, psychological & social care needs of highly distressed patients and families and refer to a wide range of other staff and support agencies.

    To refer the clients /patients with less complex psychological needs to other psychological therapists in the team as appropriate after assessment.

    To ensure the written information provided is of an acceptable good standard in line with Trust policies and to monitor same.

    To maintain complex clinical records and ensure all documentation is securely stored in line with Trust and UKCP / BACP / HPCP guidelines.

    To advise medical and nursing staff on the appropriate use of interventions in line with guidelines and protocol.

    To document contacts with clients in the appropriate documentation including the identified database used within the Trust.

    To ensure good communication is in place with cancer Multidisciplinary teams & disciplines across the trust involved in the care of cancer patients.

    Service Delivery and Improvement

    To support the lead psychotherapist in policy, research, and service development, which includes taking the lead on audits, service development and service delivery projects (implementation) and represent, as necessary, the Cancer psychological therapies service within the department.

    To utilise theory, evidence-based literature, and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other relevant professionals. To present at audit meetings in the service.

    To initiate project management.

    To conduct audit of service users and to continuously monitor the clinical effectiveness of the service.

    To utilize theory, evidenced based literature and research to support evidenced based work.

    To communicate research/audit findings to staff in other key areas.

    People Management and Development

    To provide leadership within the field of psychological cancer care across the Trust through demonstration of expert practice and mentorship.

    To be a strong motivational leader & passionate about the importance of high-quality psychological care for cancer patients & their families.

    Manages allocation & placement of volunteer & trainee counsellors/ psychotherapists/ psychologists.

    Works with & supports the Lead Psychotherapist and Cancer Management team on the provision of psychological care for staff looking after cancer patients.

    To ensure referral criteria are in place and are reviewed annually.

    Works unsupervised at an expert level and manages own time and caseload effectively.

    To raise areas of concern in line with the clinical governance agenda.

    To ensure a safe working practice through attendance at a monthly therapeutic meeting with an appropriate health professional to discuss issues arising from clinical practice.

    To adhere to the UKCP / BACP/ HCPC code of conduct and Ethical framework for good practice in psychotherapy, and any other professional body they are accredited to.

    Ensure that systems are in place to check registration with UKCP/ BACP/ HCPC & other professional bodies that psychological therapists are affiliated to.

    To represent the service in key forums in the Trust and external advisory groups.

    To work with the Lead Psychotherapist in writing an annual report of activity and development of the service that is shared with the Cancer Management Team.

    To be aware of government policies and agendas pertaining to cancer/palliative and supportive care.

    To ensure adherence to Trusts Equality & Diversity policy and Race Equality scheme.

    Through being a role model and champion create a culture which supports, motivates, enthuses, and empowers others to give their best.

    Patient Care Delivery

    Provides professional & expert leadership, motivation, and supervision re the provision of psychological care for cancer patients & their immediate family members.

    Provides expert advice, consultation, and clinical supervision to band 7s and other specialist multidisciplinary team members.

    Supports all grades of staff across the trust in the provision of psychological care to cancer patients & their families.

    Assesses referrals and highly delivers specialist counselling & psychotherapy to cancer patients with complex & high levels of distress.

    To ensure all information given and interventions recommended are evidence based.

    To refer on to appropriate psychiatric, social or health care agencies as required.

    To ensure the written information provided is of an acceptable good standard in line with Trust policies and to monitor same.

    To advise medical and nursing staff on the appropriate use of interventions in line with guidelines and protocol.

    The post holder will be exposed to highly charged emotional situations & will be expected to role model healthy coping mechanisms in preparation and during stressful working environments & incidents.

    Learning and Development

    To identify areas of knowledge deficit across the Trust in relation to communication and psychological support in cancer care and liaise with clinical staff and education organisations to ensure appropriate educational opportunities exist.

    To ensure the implementation of national, local & trust guidelines of best practise in psychological care of cancer patients.

    To work with and lead other psychological therapy team members to ensure that all cancer multidisciplinary teams have at least one team member trained to level 2 in psychological care & in regular clinical supervision from a level 3 or 4 counsellor/ psychotherapist / psychologist.

    To provide training on psychological care of cancer patients that is accessible to staff throughout the trust that includes level 1 accredited training in psychological care of cancer patients.

    Ensure that there are mechanisms for obtaining patient / carer feedback in place.

    Promote psychological care in cancer within UHSx by presenting at conferences and producing publications.

    To be up to date on current evidence-based practice within the speciality of cancer/ palliative care through available resources.

    To establish strong partnerships with education providers within the Trust and externally eg Sussex University & Director of Nursing & midwifery Education, chaplaincy service.

    Attend mandatory training updates as required.

    Undertake training as necessary in line with the development of the post and as agreed with the line manager as part of the personal development process.

    Achieve and demonstrate agreed standards of personal and professional development within agreed timescales.

    Identify own learning needs and jointly plan training requirements with your line manager

    Participate in the Trusts appraisal process to discuss how your role will help deliver the best possible care to our patients and help to deliver any changes in service.

    Person Specification

    essential

    Essential

  • HCPC if practitioner psychologist or accredited with BACP/UKCP if psychotherapist
  • At least 4 years experience of working in NHS in cancer & palliative care
  • Trained and practising as a supervisor, accredited or working towards accreditation
  • Evidence of managing teams of staff
  • Evidence of assessing and administering psychological care to cancer patients at all stages of disease
  • Ability to manage IT requirements ie working online, xcel, microsoft365, working across other NHS IT platforms
  • Works unsupervised, manages own time and works at an expert level
  • Has experience in providing training to staff and patient groups
  • Desirable

  • Has training in a range of psychological therapy modalities that are pertinent to cancer care eg EMDR, psychosexual therapy, ACT, CBT, humanistic therapies
  • Accredited supervisor
  • Evidence of setting up training programmes and delivering training to a range of staff groups
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

    Essential

  • Evidence of having undertaken own development to improve understanding of equalities issues
  • Evidence of having championed diversity in previous roles (as appropriate to role).

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