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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Band 7 newly-qualified developmental roles and band 6 third-year Counselling Psychology Trainee roles will be considered.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists to be part of the growing Mental Health Inpatients Psychology Team at Prospect Park Hospital.

Currently there are twelve Psychologists working across the hospital. Full time and part time 8a or Band 7 developmental Clinical/Counselling Psychologists posts are available across the four adult acute wards and the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).

For those post holders in Band 7 developmental posts, the post holder will be able to progress from Band 7 to 8a once they demonstrate that they meet the competencies for Band 8a level.

Job satisfaction can come from a number of different areas in this diverse role. Under supervision of a Principle or Consultant Clinical Psychologist you will take on a clinical caseload with adults and/or older adults with complex mental health presentations. You will provide regular input to the multi-disciplinary team on your ward(s) in the form of consultation, team formulation sessions, teaching and joint working. You will be part of the Inpatients Psychology team, supervise one or two of the Assistant Psychologists your wards() and also receive peer support from the other ward Clinical/Counselling Psychologists. You will contribute to and/or lead on service development projects.

Main duties of the job

  • Work on allocated ward(s) - adults and/or PICU.
  • Engage in varied approaches to consultation to other hospital staff, e.g. team formulation, teaching sessions, joint working, supervision and staff support groups.
  • Supervise one or two Assistant Psychologists.
  • Clinical work with service users and carers involving assessment (including neuropsychological assessments), formulation and interventions with varied and complex presentations.
  • Be a valued members of important service development projects such as the Quality Improvement team in the Psychology Team, increasing our provision to people with experiences of psychosis and growing our training programme for all hospital staff.
  • There are opportunities for flexible working patterns which would include face to face clinical work as well as home working.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa 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

For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow. Some of the benefits of joining our team:
  • The work of the Psychology team is highly valued by the staff, service users and carers at Prospect Park Hospital. A current member of the Psychology team said As a psychologist I have felt like a highly appreciated member of the team on the wards and my opinion is often requested.
  • There is also a supportive Psychology team across the hospital which offers opportunities for peer support and joint working.
  • Currently we have members of the team working at both 8a and 8b levels which allows for career progression and continued service development.
  • You will have an opportunity to contribute to the development of the team as it grows.
  • You will spend time working on the wards and also from home.
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on your work, life balance(which could include evening and weekend working).
  • Annual leave 27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service. Pro rata for part time staff
  • Excellent learning and development opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more

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.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trusts sites.

The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

The5 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or equivalent)
  • You will have experience working with adults with complex mental health problems and have excellent therapeutic and management skills.
  • You will enjoy working in teams and providing psychological consultation, teaching and supervision.
  • Calm, confident and assertive in emotionally demanding situations, you will be astute at setting and maintaining professional boundaries and will be efficient at dealing with distressing or hostile situations and behaviour.
  • Self-motivated and confident, you will show initiative and a determination to support patients and their families through creative engagement. This includes an ability to work integratively in your clinical work.

Please see attached job description for more information about this role and working at Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent)
  • Registered and accredited with Health Professional Council (HPC)
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology as a result of training in models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and at least 2 psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidenced post qualification training and expert knowledge in areas of specialism and the ability to use knowledge when interacting on health and social care subjects

Previous Experience


  • Will usually have at least two years demonstrable post-qualification experience and interest of working in multidisciplinary teams / multi-agency environment as well as experience of teaching / training of health care professionals
  • Experiencing of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding, risk management, complaints and investigations
  • Experience of working within services that operate the Care Programme Approach successfully and of working with complex caseloads
  • Experience of working effectively with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course and with service users with cases of a high degree of complexity
  • Experience of carrying out clinical audit and applying the findings.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to engage, support 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
  • Ability to comfortably and confidently cope well 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
  • Knowledge and understanding of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions
  • Exceptional IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO, Outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)


  • Able to work flexibly as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel across sites in Berkshire and beyond as required

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Psychology MH Inpatients

Prospect Park Hospital, Honey End Lane, Tilehurst


RG30 4EJ

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