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Highly Specialised Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 a year pa inc
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Highly Specialised Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, Band 8a Permanent - Full Time - 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work full-time in an innovative role across two services in Bexley - Barefoot Lodge, an inpatient community integration unit, and the Bexley CMHT - Erith Centre, providing highly specialist psychological assessment, intervention and treatment.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in delivering CBT for Psychosis and Family Interventions for Psychosis, or a willingness to develop these skills through training. Specialist supervision in CBT and Family Interventions for Psychosis is provided, and there is access to further training in these and other approaches. Oxleas has a vibrant CPD Programme and opportunities may be available to work in other areas as part of CPD.

Main duties of the job

The inpatient community integration unit offers direct evidence-based psychological interventions and indirect work to impact on wider environment. You would provide psychological assessment, group and individual interventions, input to care planning and discharge planning, family interventions, reflective practice groups for staff andsupervision to trainee clinical psychologists and assistant psychologists, offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers. Utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

The community-based part of the role in the Community Mental Health Rehabilitation and Enabling Service (CMHRES) involves continuing psychological input into clients' care referred to the team for intensive rehabilitation input in community context. The role also includes conducting complex psychological assessment for both CBT for Psychosis and Family Intervention as well as delivering one-to-one and group therapy, supervising trainee psychologists, assistant psychologists and qualified psychologists offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to a range of wider services. There is potential for input also into a systemic family clinic linked to the service.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people. Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

It is expected that the postholder will make a significant contribution to the staff teams via training, supervision, reflective practice, consultation and psychological formulation. This is welcomed by both teams, where psychology is highly valued.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust is an innovative and successful mental health and learning disability and community health trust providing services within the London boroughs of Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley. The Trust has a large, well established and supportive psychological therapies service. This provides strong leadership and professional management and supports staff by prioritising supervision and continuing professional development.

Service-related research is encouraged and supported by providing protected time for these activities. There are strong links with Canterbury Christ Church University Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) Training Scheme. We have good working relationships with both managers and other senior clinicians, and psychological therapies are well represented at senior managerial and clinical levels.

Please review documents attached for full job description and person specification for this innovative post based across inpatient and community settings offering continuity of care.

Person Specification

professional registration/qualifications


  • HCPC registration
  • Doctoral level qualification


  • Experience in working with psychosis
  • Experience working in acute/crisis AMH settings

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Erith Centre

Park Crescent



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