Lead Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Radlett, St Albans
£58,972 to £68,525 Per annum, pro rata + 5% basic salary (£1,192 to £2,011)
Closing date
26 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Lead Psychologist/CBT Therapist, working across our Early Intervention in Psychosis and At Risk Mental State (ARMS) Services in Hertfordshire. This is a 6 month position and we welcome candidates interested in a fixed term or secondment opportunity.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with a high level of expertise in delivering services to people presenting with psychosis and/or At Risk Mental States.
  • Prior experience will have included training in delivering psychological therapies to individuals presenting with psychosis or at risk mental states.
  • You will work as part of the senior leadership team to support the delivery of the NICE access and waiting time standards for Early Intervention in Psychosis, including access to CBT and family interventions for psychosis.

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 the Care 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • You will be responsible for ensuring the good governance of psychological therapies for people with psychosis within the service, through undertaking audit and providing supervision to psychological therapists within the service.
  • As this service will need to produce regular data demonstrating that the service provided is at the highest national standards, an important part of your job will be ensuring that data is collected and presented in a timely way to demonstrate the activity and effectiveness of this part of the service.
  • You will also have a role in providing consultation to the team, as well as undertaking assessments and providing therapy within the service.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • Honours degree in psychology.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist
  • Post-registration experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • Full registration with Health Professions Council
  • Experience in neuropsychological assessment
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).


  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice



  • Assessed experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adults of working age with a wide range of presentations of varying severity.
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems, including: medically unexplained symptoms, physical health problems, and personality difficulties.
  • Demonstrate further specialist clinical experience and training, through a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an agreed alternative
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision, including supervision of clinical psychology trainee(s).
  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary therapy service
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of older age psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management with clients with complex problems, including specialised ? psychological interventions for difficult to treat groups (eg multiple mental health and/or physical health problems). Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill in assessment, therapeutic intervention or research/evaluation.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HPC.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively and well, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, caress and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Able to plan own workload and coordinate with other relevant staff in the delivery of clinical service
  • Able to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment and also as a lone worker in circumstances where there may be exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression.
  • Full UK driving licence (subject to Disability Discrimination legislation)
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex ? multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice in relation to older people
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Experience of working within a multi cultural framework
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. dual diagnoses, people with co-morbid conditions: physical health, social complexity, psychologically complex histories)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Radlett. WD7 9HQ

Harper Lane

Radlett, St Albans


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