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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Are you a qualified or soon to qualify Clinical/Counselling Psychologist looking for a role in Child and Adolescent Mental Health? Are you keen to work as part of a multi disciplinary team of likeminded professionals?

We are looking for a Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the West Berkshire Specialist Community Team based in Newbury.

We are an experienced team part of the wider West SCT teams which cover Wokingham, Reading and Newbury.

In this role you will hold a manageable, protected case load of young people living with complex, severe, and enduring mental health problems. You will work closely with them and their families to deliver therapeutic interventions and treatments as appropriate. As a result, you will find yourself working jointly with other professionals such as Children's social care.

For our team we are looking for clinicians with a keen interest in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, who are thoughtful and enjoy working in a team.

In return we offer a supportive structure and regular supervision to newly qualified members of the team. We are warm, compassionate, and welcoming and will provide you with a supportive introduction, regular supervision (clinical and management) and plenty of in-house training opportunities.

Staff wellbeing and development is a priority for the team, alongside clinical and management supervision, there is dedicated time for reflective case discussion and team formulation, wellbeing activities and support.

Main duties of the job

  • provide comprehensive assessments and therapeutic interventions to young people and their families, as appropriate
  • provide care coordination for young people open to the Service
  • independently manage an appropriately sized caseload
  • use supervision effectively
  • work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and within a multi-agency system
  • work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice
  • 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 solution

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

The3/4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A Clinical registrable qualification i.e. Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.
  • Experience in Mental Health services.
  • The ability to manage a complexity
  • To work as part of a team

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 07786703615 / 01635 295555 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



  • Registered Mental Health Nurse or Registered Social Worker or Qualified Systemic Family Therapist Masters level or Qualified Psychotherapist or Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Occupational Therapist
  • Registration with NMC or HCPC or other recognized professional body. PGDip CBT Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment for Children and Young People (IAPT)


  • A supervisory qualification in the relevant professional discipline.



  • Post-qualifying experience of undertaking comprehensive assessment of mental health needs, developing care plans, and offering appropriate support based on psychological formulation of presenting difficulties.
  • Experience of working with service users with high-risk presentations and undertaking risk assessment and risk management plans.
  • Experience of hard-to-reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.
  • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environment


  • Experience of working within mental health settings supporting children, adolescents, and their families.
  • Experience of providing supervision or leadership to others.
  • Experience of contributing to service improvement initiatives.



  • Knowledge and skills to assess acute mental health crisis, and deliberate self-harm at Tier 3 levels.
  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge of legislation and National strategies and requirements for CAMHS.
  • 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.
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others and to support others to develop key competencies.
  • 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 and non- professional groups.
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment.
  • Ability to work to timescales and comfortably cope in pressurised situations, applying practical problem-solving skills in everyday and complex situations
  • Ability to work autonomously and effectively in a team, reprioritising work and that of others work to reflect changing needs.
  • 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



  • Ability and willingness to work in a flexible way including working outside of normal hours to facilitate out of hours clinics as required.
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and conduct.
  • Supportive approach towards colleagues and service users.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated team player.
  • Able to negotiate, be confident and assertive.
  • Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver's license or evidence of ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CAMHS Reading Sp Comm Team, Lower Henwick Farm

Turnpike Road


RG18 3AP

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