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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum( Incl.of HCAS)
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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This is a full time, permanent role for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or a Psychotherapist to work in the IMPACTT Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) team.

IMPACTT is a specialist therapy team working with personality disorders in Berkshire. This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for working with people with a diagnosis of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD) and for delivering standard DBT. You will be joining an already established programme delivering DBT across Berkshire alongside facilitating specialist assessments and supervision, and providing consultation and teaching to other professionals.

You will be joining a DBT team that takes seriously fostering adherence to the DBT model so that our clients have the best opportunity to build their life worth living. Our Clinical Lead for DBT is an accredited DBT therapist and an accredited DBT supervisor, and over half the team are accredited DBT therapists or enrolled on the DBT Diploma and working towards this. Staff wellbeing is paramount and we deliver DBT on a foundation of compassion. We are one of Berkshire Healthcare's compassionate teams, having participated in compassionate team training.

Our base is at Erlegh House, University of Reading. The role will be carried out face-to-face and remotely using Microsoft Teams. You may need to travel between bases in Berkshire as required.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be delivering all components of standard DBT individual therapy, skills group, telephone coaching and attending weekly Consult.
  • You will be facilitating specialist psychological assessments.
  • You will be assessing and monitoring risk and acting to manage these in discussion/ collaboration with colleagues to ensure these are appropriately and safely managed.
  • You will attend supervision and provide supervision.
  • You will attend IMPACTT meetings and meetings with other teams/ professionals in the Trust.
  • You will provide consultation and teaching to other professionals.

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

The3/4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:

You must have a passion for working with people with a diagnosis of EUPD and delivering standard DBT.
  • You must have trained in DBT with British Isles DBT and have experience of delivering standard DBT.
  • You must have good communication skills and work well in a team.
  • You must have experience of providing supervision and consultation.

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: Sarah Farman on 0300 365 8000 or email: sarah.farman@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



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology . OR . UKCP recognised individual psychotherapy training or group analytic training, with Core training in a mental health profession, e.g. mental health nursing, social worker, occupational therapist etc. or extensive NHS experience
  • Registered and accredited with Health Professional Council (HPC) or similar OR Eligible for registration with UKCP
  • Specialist experience in delivering all components of DBT (i.e. individual therapy, skills group, telephone coaching and attending consult).
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology OR UKCP


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology/ psychotherapy

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the professional body.
  • Staying up to date with evidence based practice in relevant field

Previous Experience


  • Will usually have at least two years demonstrable post-qualification experience and interest of working in mental health services with multidisciplinary teams / multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of working with service users with personality disorders
  • Experience of working with presenting problems throughout whole life course that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of services (and working as part of multi-disciplinary teams internal and external to the organisation) across a wide variety of patient groups, throughout the whole life course and with service users with cases of a high degree of complexity
  • Experience of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding and risk management.
  • Experience of delivering agreed/specified service targets and effective time management in a busy and demanding environment.
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring, audit and clinically related research


  • Experience of the application of psychology/ psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of teaching as well as experience of developing training programmes and delivering supervision of junior staff

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • 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.
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time and to work flexibly across teams and sites in response to service demands.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of mental health issues and presentations and knowledge of child protection/ safeguarding issues and other relevant legislation
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Exceptional IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO, Outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)


  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust



University of Reading - Earley Gate



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