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Highly Specialised Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 a year pro rata pa inc
Closing date
23 Nov 2023

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We are seeking to recruit a highly skilled, innovative and experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to provide clinical and professional leadership to one of our community mental health teams in Beckenham (ADAPT - our secondary care, multi-disciplinary team working with Anxiety, Depression, Personality and Trauma).

The post holder will take a local lead role in managing the provision of psychological therapy in the team and join the team manager, clinical lead nurse and consultant psychiatrist comprising the senior clinical team and providing clinical leadership in the locality for the non-psychosis psychology pathway.

Currently ADAPT provides an established MBT program, EMDR, psychodynamic psychotherapy, MBCT as well as a range of integrative and other formulation based approaches. An SCM program is currently being developed and the post holder will take a lead role in supporting implementation and MDT facilitation of the program. There is also provision for art psychotherapy and systemic family therapy in the team. The psychology provision is embedded in the MDT environment and co-working and dissemination of psychological approaches is actively encouraged.

Main duties of the job

A central aim of the post will be taking an operational leadership role in further developing the role and remit of psychological therapy in the service. This would encompass management of referral screening as well as waiting list management, supervision and consultation to the wider team. Service development and innovation are embraced and 3rd sector working, psychologically informed group programs, training and working across service transitions would all form aspects of the leadership part of the role. This would be done in conjunction with the Bromley lead psychologist for acute & ADAPT psychology as well as the local senior management team.

The post will also ensure clinical time for the provision of highly specialised psychological therapy and assessments. Specialist training in a particular modality will be essential eg MBT, EMDR, schema therapy, CBT, CFT or psychodynamic approaches. Individual and group approaches will be welcomed and supported.

The ADAPT-W psychology team is comprised of an Assistant psychologist, band 7's, and 8a's, an art psychotherapist and a borough wide consultant psychologist. Doctoral trainee and honorary placement provision is encouraged. Supervision of local psychology team and yearly appraisals (PDR) will also form some of the operational tasks of the post.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide operational and clinical leadership to non-psychosis secondary care psychological therapy pathway in the west locality in Bromley, based in Beckenham.

Referral and waiting list management is a core part of the operational role, including interfaces with IAPT and other providers, eg CAMHS and 3rd sector partners.

Supervision of other psychological therapists in the team alongside carrying an individual clinical caseload will also be core to the role. Specialist therapy training in one of the core modality provisions will be essential.

Person Specification



  • at least 1yr of 8A experience


  • Experience of providing supervision to other psychological therapists



  • Experience of working with complex emotional needs


  • Experince of working with complex trauma and/or complex emotional needs/EUPD.



  • Working in a Mental Health multi-disciplinary team



  • Experience of facilitating a group intervention
  • Specialist therapy training in at least one of ADAPT core therapeutic provisions

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Beckenham Beacon

Croydon Road



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