Psychotherapy posts

Patient and therapist

20 / 11 / 2012 Midnight

Following some national consistency monitoring into the outcomes of psychotherapy posts, carried out by the Job Evaluation Group (JEG) there are some recommendations for trusts.

Trusts are recommended to revisit their psychotherapy outcomes and satisfy themselves that they have matched these posts to the appropriate profiles.

Psychotherapy posts should be matched to clinical psychologist profiles, however the monitoring showed that:

  • in some Strategic Health Authorities and trusts, for band 7 outcomes a significant proportion had been matched inappropriately to counsellor profiles.
  • in a number of cases the scoring on the Knowledge, Training and Experience (KTE) factor had been combined.
  • for bands 8a and 8b, the psychotherapy outcome had been correctly matched to clinical psychology profiles and there was no evidence of inappropriate matching.

The flag on the front page of the clinical psychologists, counsellors and psychotherapists reads as follows:

  • Note 1: Clinical psychologists profiles reviewed March 2005. These profiles are intended to apply to all psychologists jobs in the health service, to counsellor other than genetic counsellor jobs, for which separate profiles are published in HSS. GC and to psychotherapy jobs. These are considered to be a single occupational grouping for matching purposes.
  • Note 2: Although training routes are different for clinical psychologists and psychotherapists, the levels of knowledge required are equivalent, so psychotherapist jobs can be matched to clinical psychology profiles on an equivalent basis for the KTE factor.

The Job Evaluation Group

The Job Evaluation Group is a national technical sub-group of the NHS Staff Council whose remit is to continue to ensure that the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme is fit for purpose. Its membership includes representatives of the health service, the four UK health departments and representatives of the NHS joint unions.

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