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1 JOB DESCRIPTION Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner 07/10/16

2 LINCOLNSHIRE PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST JOB DESCRIPTION 1. Job Details Job Title: Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Pay Band: Band 4 Reports to (Title): Accountable to: Team Coordinator Service Manager Location/Site/Base: 2. Job Purpose The post-holder will work within the steps2change service to support the delivery of high volume low intensity interventions. The post holder will support qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP) to provide short term interventions based upon Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to patients with mild to moderate anxiety disorders and depression. The postholder will work in the service for 37.5 hours a week over 5 days, between the hours of 8am to 8pm offering flexible appointment times to suit client need. 3. Nature of the Service The steps2change service provides NICE compliant treatment for a range of anxiety disorders and depression, as part of a stepped care model. 4. Organisation Chart Service Manager Clinical Lead Team Coordinator PWP Assistant PWP

3 5. Duties Undertake assessments in line with service protocols; these may be conducted face to face or on the telephone and will be reviewed by a more senior clinician. Make decisions on suitability of new patients, adhering to the service s protocols and refer unsuitable patients to the relevant service or back to the referrer as necessary in conjunction with the live supervisor. Conduct risk and safeguarding assessments, and take appropriate action in line with the organisation s risk management processes and procedures, with supervision from a senior colleague. Support PWPs to provide a range of information and support for evidence based highvolume low-intensity psychological treatments. This may include guided self-help, computerised CBT, courses and workshops. This work may be face to face, telephone or via other media. Adhere to an agreed level of activity contact relating to the overall number of patient contacts required, and clinical sessions carried out per week in order to minimise waiting times and ensure treatment delivery remains accessible and convenient. Attend team meetings, or any other meetings as requested by your manager Complete all requirements relating to data collection within the service. 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. Assess and integrate issues surrounding work and employment into the overall therapy process. Prepare and present clinical information for all patients on their caseload to clinical case management supervisors within the service on an agreed and scheduled basis, in order to ensure safe practice and the clinical governance obligations of the worker, supervisor and service are delivered. Respond to and implement supervision suggestions by supervisors in clinical practice. Engage in, and respond to, personal development supervision to improve competences and clinical practice. 6.Skills Required for the Post Communication and relationship skills The post holder is responsible for ensuring accurate and timely written records are kept which comply with the Trust policy and steps2change protocol. Receiving & sharing sensitive & occasionally complex information The post holder is responsible for ensuring that relevant information is shared with relevant agencies. Analytical and judgment skills Range of facts or situations requiring analysis. Skills for assessing patients regarding suitability for steps2change, analysis of clinical information to aid judgement and identification of problem descriptor. Use of clinical judgement regarding appropriate treatment interventions, ongoing monitoring and, analysis of patient progress to aid decision making regarding discharge or stepping up to step 3 interventions. Planning and organisational skills Plan & prioritise own workload including assessments, 1:1 sessions, ccbt, courses and workshops and case management supervision. Physical skills Keyboard and driving skills, use of basic psychometric test equipment/ formal restraint training. 7. Responsibilities of the Post Holder Responsibilities for direct/indirect patient care Implement evidence based interventions under supervision.

4 Deliver individual and group sessions with support Responsibilities for policy and service development implementation Follow departmental policies. Responsibilities for financial and physical resources Personal duty of care in relation to equipment and resources. Responsibilities for human resources (including training) None Responsibilities for information resources Record all self-generated information within the patient s clinical notes on IAPTus. Responsibilities for research and development Participate in audit and research as required and contribute to quality improvement initiatives, policy review and practice development. 8. Freedom to Act Work within departmental, occupational guidelines; work is supervised. 9. Effort & Environment Physical effort Combination of sitting, standing, walking/frequent sitting or standing in a restricted position. Light physical effort for short periods/sits in constrained position for patient therapy, interview sessions. Mental effort Concentration for patient sessions/prolonged concentration for patient interventions. Emotional effort Frequent distressing or emotional circumstances Provide therapy service to emotionally demanding patients Working conditions Occasional/frequent unpleasant conditions/some exposure to hazards. Verbal abuse, hostility/ risk of physical aggression. 10. Equality and Diversity All staff through their behaviours and actions will ensure that our services and employment practices are respectful of individual needs and differences including those characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 (Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Marriage and Civil Partnership, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion and Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation). 11. General You must uphold the Trust s Purpose, Vision and Values: Our Purpose: is to enable people to live well in their communities. Our Vision: to make a difference to the lives of people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. To promote recovery and quality of life through delivering effective, innovative, and caring mental health, and social care services. Our Values: putting people first, respecting people s differences, behaving with compassion and

5 integrity, having pride in our work, working in partnership, developing our staff, being recovery focused and making a positive difference. In addition you must: Highlight concerns in accordance with the Trust s Whistleblowing Policy where it is felt poor practice or general wrong doing has not been dealt with appropriately. Staff may make such disclosures without fear of criticism or retribution. Maintain an awareness of information governance and information security related issues and ensure compliance with LPFT Records and Information Policies. Participate in performance review, supervision and undertake mandatory training and personal development as required of the post Take personal responsibility for your own Health and Safety at work in accordance with Trust Policies and Procedures, in particular Security, Health and Safety and Risk Management Be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people, vulnerable adults and people experiencing domestic abuse, both as service users and visitors to Trust premises. All staff have an absolute responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults. The post holder, in conjunction with their line manager, will be responsible for ensuring they undertake the appropriate level of training relevant to their individual role and responsibilities. They must be aware of their obligation to work within and do nothing to prejudice the safeguarding policies of the Trust. This job description is not exhaustive and as a term of employment you may be required to undertake such other duties as may reasonably be required.

6 PERSON SPECIFICATION ESSENTIAL DESIRABLE HOW ASSESSED (E.g. Application Form, Interview Test, Reference etc.) Qualifications Evidence of training in mental health. Application form NVQ level 3 (or equivalent) or evidence of study in a psychological therapy Training Ability to take directions and learn from qualified PWPs. Risk assessment training Mental health training Application and interview Experience Experience of working effectively with people with mental health problems, specifically anxiety and depression. Prior experience of working in an IAPT service. Application form and interview Skills & Competences Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets Ability to manage own caseload and time. Demonstrate high standards in written communication. Able to write clear reports and letters to referrers. Knowledge of medication used in anxiety and other common mental health problems. Computer literate. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Basic understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk. Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients. Completed clinical audits within a service. High level of enthusiasm and motivation. Advanced communication skills. Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships. Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively. Ability to work under pressure Regard for others and respect for individual rights of Application form and interview

7 autonomy and confidentiality. Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, & in own personal and professional development and in supervision. Special Requirements Demonstrable working knowledge and understanding of all relevant policies and legislation Demonstrate an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post. Demonstrate an understanding of anxiety and depression and how it may present in the workplace. Application form and interview

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