Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£60,983 to £70,536 a year per annum, pro rata (incl of HCAS)
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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An exciting opportunity has become available for a Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to oversee the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist psychological therapy service for the Specialist Community CAMHS teams in the West of Berkshire. You will provide direct clinical work, consultation, and supervision of relevant professions across the teams.

You will be responsible for the implementation and delivery of psychological therapy for the Specialist Community Teams, providing expert professional leadership and advice for complex presentations. You will work collaboratively with the CAMHS Service Manager, Business Support Manager and Team Manager, other CYPF Service Leads and the Professional Leads as well as colleagues within the Local Authorities and other partners to ensure expert psychological interventions are provided.

We are looking for people with a passion to ensure psychological therapies adhere to the highest quality level for children and young people and can develop staff within this.

Interviews to be held 15 June 2023

Main duties of the job

o Clinical and professional supervision to relevant staff within the services, ensuring that up to date knowledge is maintained regarding legislative, national and local policies.

o Ensuring effective and safe delivery of a high-quality, highly specialist psychological service for the specialist community teams, in line with relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.

o Ensuring services are responsive to local and national directives and that relevant key performance indicators are met in regard to quality interventions - e.g. ROMS.

o Working effectively with other senior colleagues to ensure high quality and effective joint working with partner agencies.

o To participate in Trust, local and national projects within your area of specialism

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

The trust employs almost 5,000 people over more than 100 sites and community settings across Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall 100 Top Employer. Whatever your background or individual needs, at Berkshire Healthcare you'll be supported by friendly and professional managers to succeed.

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

o Caring for and about you is our top priority

o Committed to providing good quality, safe services

o Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits of working for us include: Flexible working options to support work-life balance. 27 days annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution Excellent learning and career development opportunities Advanced IT enablement Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseriesThe must haves for you to be considered for this role:1. Experience of psychological assessment and treatment for young people and their families2. Motivated and enthusiastic clinical leadership3. Enthusiasm for multi-professional and multi-agency working4. Ability to travel between multiple sites

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical psychology (or equivalent
  • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) or UKCP/BPC


  • Clinical supervision training for psychology trainees & qualified staff
  • Eligible for Graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to manage difficult situations with children and young people that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviors and their families/carers
  • Able to manage a demanding and complex case load while supporting junior colleagues and the MDT to do the same
  • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development and improvement.
  • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others, as well as being able to cope with highly distressing circumstances and complex consultations
  • Ability to cope well comfortably and confidently under pressure, with excellent time management skills and an ability to respond constructively to challenge or resistance
  • Quick to work through and resolve issues and competing demands
  • Able to work flexibly and efficiently under pressure
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)

Previous Experience


  • Significant demonstrable and highly relevant post-qualification experience of applying professional expertise in multidisciplinary teams /multi-agency environment.
  • High level of demonstrable experience of working in evidence-based ways with children and young people who have complex mental health problems and contributing to the development of services for this client group.
  • Experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision, as well as experience of developing and leading the delivery of training programmes and supervision
  • Leadership experience and a successful track record in leading service delivery and contributing to service transformation
  • Experience of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions
  • Experience of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding, risk management, clinical governance, complaints and investigations
  • Experience of working with complex caseloads, with service users with cases of a high degree of complexity and within the Care Programme Approach.
  • Experience of services (and working as part of multi-disciplinary teams internal and external to the organisation) across a wide variety of patient groups.
  • Experience of dealing with highly distressing or emotional circumstances such as child sexual abuse, exploitation, trauma and complex family dynamics.


  • Experience in providing evidence based psychological therapy for children and young people with emotional dysregulation and/or who have experienced complex trauma
  • Experience of delivering interventions through technological media.

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of post-doctoral specialist training to accreditable level in at least 2 areas of psychological practice directly related to the clinical requirements of this post
  • Proven ability in teaching and professional/ clinical supervision


  • Engagement with relevant CYP IAPT training e.g. transformational leadership, CBT supervision.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel across Berkshire and wider as required for fulfilment of duties.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CAMHS Reading Sp Comm Team, University of Reading

Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road



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