Clinical / Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen in South West HertfordshireAdultCommunity Mental Health Services for a part-time (0.6 WTE) Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist to contribute to the provision of Psychological Services.
  • You will provide psychological assessment, formulation and treatment to clients with severe and complex mental health difficulties within the service
  • You will provide specialist support, guidance and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychological therapist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers within community mental health services, primary care and other agencies
  • You will work closely with the local and quadrant-wide psychological therapy teams, as well as a range of other psychological therapy colleagues within the service setting
  • You will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures
  • You will utilise research skills for audit, teaching, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service
  • You will have an interest in working systemically with families and individuals

Main duties of the job

Psychological Services in adult mental health services in South West Hertfordshire are fully embedded within multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) across two Adult Community Mental Health services, based in Watford and Borehamwood. The postholder will work primarily from the team base in Borehamwood, although they will work as part of a quadrant-wide team providing a service across South West Hertfordshire.

There is a wealth of experience and knowledge of different therapeutic approaches within the team and regular opportunities for peer reflection and supervision. The post holder will be provided with CPD opportunities and be supported in their professional development.

The applicant will be expected to work with clients presenting with a wide range of difficulties and diagnoses and will receive high quality supervision to support them in their role.

An interest in and willingness to train in assessment of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • You will provide psychological assessment and treatment including a range of group and individual psychological intervention
  • You will provide specialist support, guidance and consultation on clients psychological care to other multi-disciplinary professionals
  • You will work closely with both psychological therapies staff and other non-psychological therapy colleagues
  • You will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures
  • You will utilise research skills for audit, teaching, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities of the role please refer to the job description and person specification documents attached.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral/Masters level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS *OR* A registered qualification (e.g. in nursing, social work, occupational therapy) and further postgraduate qualification training in evidence based psychological therapies, including CBT, and significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner
  • Current registration with HCPC or BABCP
  • Professional qualification degree level, which should include knowledge and application of research methodology


  • Additional specialist knowledge or training in psychological therapies including CBT

Communication Skills


  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

Physical Skills and Effort


  • IT Skills including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, entering data onto electronic patient records
  • Ability to travel and work flexibly across different sites in Hertfordshire


  • Car Driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995)



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, including at least six months clinical experience working in adult mental health
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well -being
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence based psychological therapy (i.e. CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, CAT, systemic family psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy) relevant to the treatment of adults with complex problems and their families
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Experience of multi -disciplinary team working and inter -agency collaboration
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi -media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
  • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments

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

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Borehamwood Civic Offices

Elstree Way



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