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Oxford Health NHS FT
Job Title: Trainee Clinical Psychologist
Responsible to: Allocated Course team members and clinical placement supervisors
Responsible for: N/A
Accountable to: Centre Director, Oxford Centre for Psychological Health with devolved line management undertaken by Course team members (see organisational chart)
Place of work: Base: Isis Education Centre, Warneford Hospital Oxford, Placement locations across the Oxford Health NHS Region.
Hours: 1 WTE. 3-year fixed term contract.
Author: Admissions Tutor, OxICPTR
Creation Date: 21/06/2019
Last Updated: 04/07/2019
Document Ref: TCP1
- JOB PURPOSETo undertake a structured programme of learning including personal study, academic work, research, placement learning and assessment leading to the award of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DclinPsych).
- To undertake specialised psychological assessments, treatments and other types of clinical intervention with individual clients, carers, families and groups of clients; staff training; research and development activity.
- To work independently on a day-to-day basis. This work will be supervised and reviewed at regular intervals, in accordance with the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society guidelines; supervision will normally be offered by a qualified clinical psychologist (although other qualified healthcare professionals may also contribute).
- Employment is contingent on being registered as a student on the DclinPsych Course.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Key Dimensions of Post
- To work within a broad range of health and social care settings alongside other professions and agencies including within multi-disciplinary teams and specialised clinical settings.
- To carry out complex psychological assessments sensitively and independently with a broad range of client groups including individual psychometric testing sessions
- To formulate the nature, causes and maintaining factors of highly distressing psychological difficulties and presentations informed by a broad range of potentially conflicting clinical, theoretical and conceptual models, the empirical, experimental and clinical literature base and the results of assessment. To communicate such formulations professionally, sensitively and diplomatically, frequently in an emotive atmosphere, to clients, relatives, carers and other healthcare professionals relevant to the case.
- To plan and implement individualised, formulation-driven psychological interventions, or programmes empathically, sensitively and independently, with a broad range of client groups, carers (including relatives), families, and groups of clients, and to evaluate the impact of such interventions.
- To plan and deliver group sessions for clients or their carers.
- To provide advice and support for carers and other professionals.
- To network and consult with relevant external agencies such as social services, independent and voluntary sector, to facilitate and enable intervention at multiple levels.
- To plan and provide formal and informal training to other psychologists, other professionals, and carers, including the presentation of complex and sometimes contentious psychological and research material.
- To carry out formal and informal research and development activities designed to inform service development as major features of the work, culminating in the award of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. To disseminate research findings from own Doctorate, including journal publication and conference presentation.
- To place special emphasis on personal and professional development activity such as weekly clinical supervision, shadowing, joint working, personal study and reflection. To work independently on a day-to-day basis, with work managed and goals agreed and reviewed at intervals.
- To attend formal teaching and training sessions provided by the Course and to complete assessment and evaluation procedures as required by the Oxford Doctoral Course in Clinical Psychology.
- To bring to bear a greater level of knowledge, training and experience on clinical activity than the assistant psychologist.
- To travel to placements across a large geographical area and visiting a range of settings on placement, including home visits – ability to drive is desirable.
- Most face to face clinical work is sedentary.
Communication and Working Relationships
Trainees will develop working relationships with their Course Tutor and the wider Course team. The Course Tutor supports personal development and oversees academic, clinical and research development The Course Tutor is generally allocated at the commencement of training and remains constant throughout training. In addition, trainees will develop circumscribed supervisory relationships with a number of service-based clinical supervisors and research supervisors who each hold responsibility for supervision of specific aspects of their clinical and/or research work.
Most Challenging Part of the Job
Throughout their clinical psychology training trainees will need to develop accurate self-awareness about their current knowledge and skills and use this information to determine their own learning needs. The generic nature of training is such that trainees will address these issues in multiple organisational and professional contexts and in respect of several client groups. The capacity to manage academic, research and clinical demands whilst developing as a reflective practitioner is a challenging aspect of the role. The post holder will be required to comply with policies and procedures issued by and on behalf of the employing and placement Trusts and the regulations and requirements of the University.
KEY RESULT AREAS
- To undertake structured interviews, psychological assessments (including complex psychometric tests) and observations of individuals and groups.
- To assist in the development of psychological formulations of clinical problems and the development and delivery of care plans, which include psychological treatment and/or management of clients’ problems.
- To determine appropriate psychological intervention, taking into account a range of potentially conflicting clinical information and dynamics.
- To carry out psychological and psychometric tests, accurately and to develop interview and observation skills, to assess needs and eligibility for services.
- To design, implement and modify as appropriate, bespoke psychological interventions with clients, carers, families, and groups.
- To communicate confidential and personal information concerning ability level and psychological needs, obtained through assessments and interventions, to referring agents and to the client themselves, who may have limited understanding and difficulties with acceptance, and where appropriate to relatives and carers.
- To provide advice and clinically based supervision to carers about care and management of clients’ problems.
- To assist in the coordination and running of therapeutic groups.
- To provide emotional support for clients, their carers and families.
- To keep appropriate records of work and inform referrers and relevant others through letters or reports.
- To work as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
- To follow a person-focused and evidence-based approach.
- To work in partnership with service users
- To work in accordance with National NHS and placement providers’ policies and regulations, as well as those of relevant professional and regulatory bodies.
- To work in a variety of settings including the client’s own home, in-patient, residential and day centre facilities.
- To work in a highly emotive atmosphere, frequently encountering highly distressing problems and circumstances and must maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times.
- To work in situations where there are barriers to acceptance and possible exposure to aggression.
- To receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with BPS guidelines and criteria, University procedures and Health and Care Professions Council requirements.To complete observations of supervisors’ clinical practice and to have own practice observed including direct assessment of clinical competence
Clinical Supervision, Teaching and Training
- In conjunction with supervisors and Course tutors, to plan and prioritise own workload, research, and individual and group sessions.
- To plan and deliver formal training sessions on psychological aspects of health care to groups of relatives, care staff and other professional staff.
- To provide practical training and supervision to care staff with respect to planned interventions.
- To assist with providing specialist training to other psychologists, trainees and assistants as appropriate.
- To demonstrate own duties to other graduate psychologists if required.
Research and Development
- To plan, monitor and evaluate own work, using clinical outcomes assessments, small-scale research methodology and statistical procedures.
- To plan and undertake a portfolio-style research dissertation the individual elements of which will be approved by Course staff
- To prioritise expenditure from a small research budget.
- To develop an advanced knowledge base and practical skill in the design, implementation and statistical analysis of a wide variety of types of research. This must include quantitative or mixed methodology, single case experimental design and skills in the critical appraisal of research evidence and could also include qualitative, small N and group comparison studies.
- To plan and undertake clinical audits or service evaluations, using appropriate methodology and statistical procedures as appropriate, as agreed with the clinical supervisor(s).
- To plan and undertake practice-based research using or developing validated questionnaires, as required.
- To enhance own knowledge of clinical psychology, specific client groups and types of psychological difficulty through reading, literature searches and personal study.
- To comply with the requirements of research governance and evidence-based practice.
- To maintain appropriate records of own work, in line with NHS and Social Care policies and professional guidelines.
- To maintain relevant administrative systems of own work, in line with relevant guidelines.
- To submit statistical information, activity and quality data of own work as required by the Course, regional, national bodies or NHS.
- To word process material relevant to the Doctoral programme (such as essays, case studies, service improvement projects, clinical audits and the main research projects), using suitable word processing and spreadsheet software.
- To use information technology as appropriate, within direct clinical work, research and treatment interventions.
- To undertake clerical functions requiring some familiarity with applied psychology, including literature searches, developing and maintaining training packs, information leaflets, inputting data and other tasks necessary for the efficient running of the service and/or training needs.
- To undertake computerized literature searches using major clinical databases such as PsychInfo, Medline and Cochrane, to inform routine clinical work and as preparation for the design of major doctoral research and smaller scale placement-based projects.
- To develop competence in advanced statistical software (such as SPSS) for the analysis of clinical research and research data.
- To follow the advice and policies of the placement provider, including knowledge, awareness of, and compliance with the legal framework relevant to the placement and client group.
- To be familiar with and abide by confidentiality and information handling and storage guidelines of the placement provider, employing Trust and University.
- To participate in regular appraisals with the Course Tutor and identify experience, skills, aspirations and areas for development through the use of a structured self-assessment
- To cooperate in the use of rooms, books, tests and other equipment needed to carry out duties.
- To attend and participate in administrative and service planning meetings as determined by the clinical supervisor(s).
- To undertake any other duties as requested by the Course Team, such as participation in trainee and staff selection procedures, or service on Course and national committees.
- To participate in evaluation and monitoring of the Course and associated placements as required by the health service commissioners, the University, the QAA, Health and Care Professions Council and the BPS.
- To practice and conduct self in accordance with the British Psychological Society, Health and Care Professions Council and University codes of ethics and conduct.
A trainee will have been admitted by the Medical Sciences Board of the University of Oxford as a student for the Degree of Doctor in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.), having been recommended for admission by the Directorate of the Oxford Course. Once admitted, the student will be bound by the Examination Decrees and Regulations of the University of Oxford as they apply to students for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Continued participation in the Training Course is dependent in all components of the Course: clinical, academic, research and personal professional development. Trainees will not be allowed to proceed to the second part of the Course until they have satisfied all the requirements of the Doctorate Regulations as assessed at the Mid-Course Review
Trainees may fail the Oxford Course through failing to meet the required levels of academic, clinical or research competence or through infringement of the Doctorate Regulations. Course failure automatically results in termination of contract of employment with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and removal from the Register of the University of Oxford.
CODE OF CONDUCT
All staff are required to work in accordance with their professional group’s code of conduct (e.g. NMC, GMC, DoH Code of Conduct for Senior Managers).
This job description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the post and is not exhaustive. It will be subject to regular review and amendment as necessary in consultation with the post holder.
In addition to undertaking the duties as outlined above, the post-holder will be expected to fully adhere to the following:
Code of Conduct
Health & Safety
Confidentiality and Data Security