Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Health Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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We are looking for an enthusiastic Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Health Psychologist to join the Berkshire Cancer Centre Psychological Care Service, which is a part of the Clinical Health Psychology Service (CHPS). You will join a dynamic team and supportive team. Your primary role will be co-ordinating the delivery of clinical health psychology services to people with haematological conditions and haematological cancer who are under the care of the Haematology Department and the Berkshire Cancer Centre at The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.This is a highly specialist role, however we would welcome applications from trainees and newly qualified psychologists who are interested in a development pathway. If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please do contact us.

Interviews to be held on 12 October 2023

Main duties of the job

o This is a 0.5 WTE permanent role to work as an extended member of the Haematology Department and the Berkshire Cancer Centre at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trusto You will be a core member of the haematology MDT, participate in MDT assessments, and provide highly specialist psychological assessments as appropriate.o You will liaise where necessary with other services, e.g. secondary mental health services, community health and social care providers, The Cancer Rehab Service, NHS Talking Therapies, to ensure that individuals have access to timely and appropriate services, and with an integrated and holistic approacho You will be responsible for developing and delivering a responsive inpatient and outpatient services and delivering education and supervision to our medical, nursing and AHP colleagues, specifically in haematology and cancer.

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 priorityo Committed to providing good quality, safe serviceso Working Together with you to develop innovative solutionsWe 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. Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, with HCPC registration2. Experience in, and passion for, working with people with long term and life limiting physical health conditions.3. Experience working in multidisciplinary team settings in acute hospital care4. Ability to work with people with complex and comorbid presentations

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



  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies (including CBT) and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS


  • Post qualification training in health psychology

Continuous Professional Development


  • Knowledge and skills in third wave therapies such as compassion focused therapy and systemic practice
  • Knowledge and skills in psychological work with people with life-limiting and long-term physical health conditions

Previous Experience


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, primary care, secondary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of working with clients across the whole life course and presenting with 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
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of multidisciplinary working with other healthcare professionals.
  • Experience working in physical healthcare settings e.g. hospital teams
  • Experience of working with clients with life-physical health conditions.


  • Experience of working as a psychologist (assistant or trainee or qualified) with clients with physical health conditions.
  • Experience of working within a clinical health psychology service
  • Experience of delivering teaching, training and supervision to medical, nursing and AHPs colleagues.
  • Experience of providing supervision

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, 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
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies (including CBT, and third wave cognitive behavioural therapies and/or systemic approaches).


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge and skills in working psychologically with people with life-limiting and other long-term physical health conditions.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Clinical Health Psychology

25 Erleigh Road



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