Clinical Counselling Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
2 Jul 2023

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An opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/ Psychological Therapist to join our well-established interdisciplinary chronic pain and fatigue management service.

You will be responsible for providing assessment and psychological interventions, clinical supervision, training and audit/evaluation. Good communication and team working skills are essential, but you do not have to have had prior experience with the client group.

The service is delivered from sites in Aylesbury and Amersham and include 0.3 WTE within the related speciality of rheumatology. Part time or job share would be considered.

You will receive clinical supervision from the Principal Clinical Psychologist and can access a wide range of CPD activities and a strong network of Psychologists working in the Trust. There are opportunities for service development, service evaluation/research and teaching/training. The service has excellent links with the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist clinical psychology assessments of clients referred to the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Management Service and Department of Rheumatology. This is based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems and employing methods of proven efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Management Service and Department of Rheumatology, employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations while drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

About us

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What does Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust offer you?o As part of our BHT family, you'll benefit from learning and development opportunities to support your career progression.o We offer flexible and agile working opportunities, alongside your NHS benefits of generous annual leave entitlement, pension and access to NHS discount schemes. o We provide a range of health and wellbeing services to promote a healthy, happy workforce.Why work for us?o We're committed to promoting inclusion and making sure all colleagues feel they belong. We encourage new colleagues from a diverse range of backgrounds to apply.o As an employer, we aim to create a workplace where differences are valued and colleagues treat one another with dignity and respect.o Greater diversity within our BHT family improves positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve.What do we stand for?o Our vision is to provide outstanding care, support healthy communities and be a great place to work.o Our mission is to provide personal and compassionate care every time.o Our CARE values are collaborate, aspire, respect and enable.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology. Registration with HCPC
  • Professional registration with HCPC



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient, and residential care settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working within a variety of multi-professional teams


  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist within the specialist field of Clinical health Psychology.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and professional clinical supervision.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Highly developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to patients with psychological difficulties.
  • Knowledge and skills in the theory and practice of highly specialist psychological therapies and assessment methodologies ie. CBT etc with adults with chronic pain and fatigue and rheumatological conditions
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Advanced knowledge/skills in clinical supervision.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations
  • Ability to identify and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.



  • Ability to travel between sites within Buckinghamshire

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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust


Amersham Hospital and Aylesbury - expected to work across sites

Whielden Road



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