Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Specialist MHP

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per annum ,Pro rata (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
28 Nov 2023
Interviews will be held on 2nd Nov 2023

An excellent Fixed Term (maternity cover for one year) opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist to join the Berkshire CAMHS West Specialist Community Team (SCT) which covers Wokingham, Reading and Newbury. The post holder will initially be based at Wokingham Hospital, there are future plans to co locate the Wokingham and Reading team together at our NHS base at Reading University.

The Specialist Community Teams provide assessments and treatments to young people who are generally living with more complex, severe, and enduring mental health problems. Multi-agency working is an important part of our work, and we work closely with other agencies such as Children's Social Care.

As a senior member of the team, the post-holder will support the clinical leadership of the team and will be responsible for supervising junior colleagues, as appropriate. Clinical supervision will be provided as well as support for continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

  • provide comprehensive assessments and therapeutic interventions to young people and their families, as appropriate
  • provide care co-ordination for young people open to the service
  • independently manage an appropriately sized caseload
  • use supervision effectively
  • offer supervision to junior colleagues as appropriate
  • work with colleagues to support the clinical leadership of the team
  • provide 'duty' support to young people and families, as needed
  • work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and within a multiagency system
  • work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice
  • contribute to audit, service development and research, as appropriate
  • maintain own continuing professional development and contribute to team professional development initiatives

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

Themust haves for this role:
  • A Therapeutic Qualification (e.g. Clinical/Counselling Psychologist)
  • Experience in Mental Health services at a Band 7 level (or equivalent)
  • The ability to manage a complex caseload of patients autonomously.

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: Kim Jones on Kim Jones or email : wholl 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



  • Doctoral level training in psychology: oQualified Psychologist (or equivalent for those who trained before 1996) as accredited by the BPS or HCPC or oMasters level qualification or recognised equivalent qualification:- or o Qualified Systemic Family Therapist Masters level UKCP registered. or oQualified Psychotherapist registered with professional body i.e. ACP approved Child Psychotherapist. or oRegistered Mental Health Nurse (NMC). or oOccupational Therapy degree level qualification or oRegistered Social Worker with relevant social work qualification. or oOther Health professional with relevant post graduate qualification.
  • Registration with HCPC
  • Appropriate CBT training and experience of using CBT in a CAMHS setting


  • A supervisory qualification in the relevant professional discipline.
  • Professional qualification in CBT i.e. diploma or equivalent
  • Accreditation with BABCP or ability to work towards the requirements
  • Completed the relevant training and be registered as an NMP (Non-Medical Prescriber).

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuous professional development in areas related to CBT for children and young people with anxiety, depression, OCD and / or PTSD

Previous Experience


  • Minimum 4 years' experience working with Children, young people, families, and groups in Mental Health setting.
  • Experience of working with children and young people using evidence-based therapies, to include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Experience of leadership and service improvement.
  • Supervision experience, particularly of offering CBT supervision within a CAMHS setting / multi-disciplinary team.


  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Ability to undertake investigations into complaints, grievances and disciplinary matters as set out in Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience of hard-to-reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.
  • Experience of running therapeutic groups

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge of legislation and National strategies and requirements for CAMHS.
  • 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.
  • Information technology and word processing skills.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.


  • Advanced knowledge and skills in using the complete range of approaches as required meeting the needs of different children and young people and settings.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of the influences of Parental Mental Health on young people, Domestic Violence, Survivors of Torture

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, e.g. RiO MS office and internet
  • Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver's licence or evidence of ability to travel to designated base and other sites.


  • 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


CAMHS Reading Sp Comm Team

University of Reading - Earley Gate



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