Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £59,360 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Are you a qualified or soon to qualify Clinical / Counselling Psychologist passionate about working with people with Learning Disabilities?

Do you want a role that can offer flexible working to coincide with your home life as well as paying HCAS?

Due to internal promotion we are looking for a new Clinical / Counselling Psychologist (band 7 or band 8a) to join our team at Erlegh House in Reading.

This is a rare opportunity to join a well-established psychology service working closely with other multi-disciplinary professionals to offer high-quality care to adults with learning disabilities in both community and inpatient unit.

We are an innovative team, passionate about improving the lives of people with learning disabilities looking for someone who shares these values. We work with a variety of clients which will ensure you continue to develop your therapeutic skills but also means we require someone who is a good communicator and creative in finding ways to engage with people.

As service we are big on staff development and grow your own and can offer both internal and external training and development opportunities. You will also be supported to develop your clinical leadership and change management skills, while continuing to develop your supervision, consultation, training and governance skills to enhance patient and staff well-being.

The service operates 9-5 Monday to Friday, and we can offer flexibility within this. We are open to both full and part time applicants.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist and expert psychological assessments of clients referred to the Learning Disabilities Psychology Service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of highly complex data from a variety of sources.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis.
  • To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing expert methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical the therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group

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.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

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
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or equivalent)
  • HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Previous experience working as a psychologist with people with learning disabilities

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Dr Sarah Walden, Consultant Clinical Psychologiston07890 395584 or 0118 9047197or emailSarah.Walden@berkshire.nhs.ukwholl be delighted to help.

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

Education / Experience


  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


LD Psychology



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