The post holder will be part of an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and will provide high intensity interventions – primarily cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). The post holder will work with clients who have a range of complex anxiety and depression related problems for which CBT is demonstrated to be clinically effective.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
- Accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service
- Assess clients’ suitability for CBT or IPT
- Make decisions on suitability of new referrals, adhering to the department’s referral protocols. Refer unsuitable clients on to the relevant service or back to the referral agent as necessary.
- Formulate, implement and evaluate therapy programmes for clients.
- Educate and involve family members and others in treatment as necessary, conveying CBT formulations with sensitivity, in easily understood language.
- Adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of client contacts offered in each treatment episode.
- Adhere to providing the agreed number of clinical sessions per treatment episode in a regular pattern over time in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient.
- Adhere to NICE guidelines for guidance on appropriate treatment and number of appointments for individual patients; consult with supervisor regarding variation of this guidance.
- Attend multi-disciplinary meetings relating to referrals or clients in treatment where appropriate.
- Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service
- Maintain clinical data records as detailed in the document ‘IAPTus Records Compliance Requirements for all OSW Clinical Staff.’ (Available on intranet)
- Keep coherent records of all clinical activity in line with service protocols.
- Work closely with other members of the team ensuring appropriate step-up and step-down arrangements are in place to maintain a stepped care approach.
- Coordination or co-facilitation of group work as required (i.e. Stress buster groups etc.)
- Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process.
- Collect data for clinical audits of service performance, including service user surveys and evaluations, and help as appropriate to collate and disseminate the results for feedback.
Contribute to the teaching and training of mental health professionals and other staff working within the service
Ensure the maintenance of standards of practice according to the employer and any regulating, professional and accrediting bodies (e.g. BPS, UKCP, BACP, BABCP.) Keep up to date on new recommendations/guidelines set by the department of health (e.g NHS plan, National Service Framework, National Institute for Clinical Excellence.)
- Ensure that client confidentiality is protected at all times, subject to limitations.
- Be aware of, and keep up to date with advances in the spheres of CBT/IPT and other agreed psychological therapies.
- Ensure clear professional objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with senior therapists on a regular basis as part of continuing professional development.
- Attend clinical/managerial supervision on a regular basis as agreed with Manager.
- Participate in individual performance review and respond to agreed objectives. An annual assessment of competency in line with NICE/BABCP/IAPT requirements will be undertaken with the use of an AV recording.
- Keep up to date all records in relation to C.P.D. and ensure personal development plans maintain up to date specialist knowledge of latest theoretical and service delivery models/developments.
- Attend relevant conferences / workshops in line with identified professional objectives.
- Ensure that client and employee information is kept accurate, confidential and secure at all times, in line with the Data Protection Act (1998) and Security and Confidentiality Policies.
- Ensure storage and destruction of paperwork is in line with legislation and local policies.
- Maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and procedures.
- Attend management supervision on a regular basis as agreed with the Line Management/Operational Manager.
- Participate in your own individual performance review, responding to agreed objectives.
- Undertake training as required for any element of this role.
- Attend all mandatory training and corporate update days.
- Keep up to date all records in relation to CPD.
Health and Safety
Fulfil your duty and responsibility for your own health and safety and the health and safety of colleagues , patients and the general public
- Understand that certain aspects of the role may involve lone working.
- Diary and Calendar management.
- Keep coherent records of all day to day procedures in line with service protocols.
- As required, work flexibly within the contract to provide cover for ‘out of hours’ service.