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Clinical Counselling Psychologist & Clinical Lead

Job Description

The Trust is committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK.

Clinical / Counselling Psychologist & Clinical Lead
Complex Depression & Anxiety Service (CDAS), Merton
08 WTE (30 hours per week) or 09 WTE (3375 hours per week)

The Complex Depression & Anxiety Service (CDAS) is a relatively new service for the residents of the London Borough of Merton. The service consists of 11 staff, including the clinical lead, a team manager, clinical/counselling psychologists, a psychotherapist, community psychiatric nurses, recovery & support workers and an administrator. There is sessional input from consultant psychiatrists. The team provides care coordination and there is a strong emphasis on recovery model interventions.

The team delivers standard cognitive-behavioural therapy, third wave cognitive-behavioural therapies, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy and brief psychodynamic psychotherapy. There is a plan to develop EMDR capacity within the team. As well as individual therapies, the service runs a comprehensive group programme including STEPPS, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Compassionate Resilience and Mentalisation Based Group. Experience and formal training in any of the above-mentioned treatment modalities will be an advantage. Demonstrated experience of leading and developing a team and integrating it within current care pathways is equally important.

You will be responsible for the monitoring and supervising of clinicians’ caseloads, and to ensure the services delivered are of high quality and meet locally agreed targets. The role will also include conducting audit and data analyses using an outcome data collection system. Regular clinical and line management supervision will be provided by the adult lead for psychology & psychotherapy and the service manager.

For further information or an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr Peter James, consultant clinical psychologist and lead for Sutton & Merton adult psychology and psychotherapies on  ( Phone number removed ) .

South West London and St Georges MH Trust operate probationary periods. All new non-medical employees will be subject to this period, the length of which is dependent on the grade of the position (3 months for AfC bands 1-4, and 6 months for AfC bands 5+). During this time, you will be provided with SMART objectives, clarity of expectations and the development and support needed to achieve these and help you to settle into your new role with us. This period will also provide you with the opportunity to assess us and whether we are the right organisation for you.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr Peter James, consultant clinical psychologist and lead for Sutton & Merton adult psychology and psychotherapies on  ( Phone number removed ) .

South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust are committed to equal opportunity for all staff and prospective employees.

Staff benefits include; staff accommodation, childcare, health and fitness services and season ticket loans. For further information on benefits available please visit our website.

Due to the high volume of applications received for some roles South West London & St George’s Mental Health Trust reserve the right to close any job adverts early. You are therefore you are advised to submit your application as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.

Please note priority consideration for applications may be given to at-risk NHS employees.

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is a smoke-free Trust.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a Work Permit)

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