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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum(Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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There has never been a better time to join Berkshire Healthcare Foundation as we have launched a new service initiative providing mental health rehabilitation in the community.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to play a pivotal role in delivering this new service, as well as planning, evaluating, and contributing to its development. We are looking for a newly qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist at Band 7 level, who is driven, passionate and excited to be part of a strategically important service provision, in line with our programme of Community Mental Health Transformation which is aiming to transform and enhance the way we deliver our mental health services.

The service will employ an innovative model to provide rehabilitative care to people with complex and severe mental health issues and the role will offer the opportunity to make a real difference to people's lives, including supporting them to engage with activities of daily living and to integrate with their local communities, allowing them to lead meaningful and more independent lives. The focus of the psychology role is to work with service users, families, networks, and the team to develop trauma-informed psychological/systemic formulations and interventions. Training in CBT will be offered. You will work alongside and be supervised by a Clinical Psychologist/ Systemic psychotherapist.

We look forward to talking further with you about the role.

Main duties of the job

The role will offer autonomy, variety, and significant development opportunities, both in leadership and clinical skills.

The ideal candidate will:- have some desirable knowledge of working or understanding patients with complex mental health rehabilitative needs- be a registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist- be able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others, and themselves- be passionate about supporting people to live fulfilling lives independently

The post holder will be a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in our new Community Rehabilitation Enhanced Support Team (CREST). As this is a brand-new initiative, the suitable candidate will support the Principal Psychologist to input into the development of the service, including feedinginto processes and procedures, and supporting with the recruitment of staff to the service.

On a day-to-day basis, the individual will support patients through a needs-led, client-centred approach and formulation to care. Each patient will have a bespoke care plan agreed at MDT.

This will include supporting patients with developing their skills and relationships to enable them to live healthy, fulfilling lives

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a 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:o Caring for and about you is our top priorityo Committed to providing good quality, safe serviceso 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:o Flexible working options to support work-life balance.o 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sello Generous NHS pension schemeo Excellent learning and career development opportunitieso 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing schemeo Access to a range of wellbeing tools and serviceso Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurantso Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equalityo Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.o Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with recognised degree-level qualification and HCPC registration.
  • Desirable knowledge in working/or understanding patients with complex rehabilitative needs.
  • Kindness, empathy, and a passion for supporting people to live independent, fulfilling lives.

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: Victor Ovenseri on 07827252351 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



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical / counselling psychology (or equivalent)
  • Registered and accredited with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical/Counselling Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a result of training in models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and at least two psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology


  • Clinical supervision training for psychology trainees
  • Evidence of post-doctoral specialist training in at least two areas of psychological practice directly related to the clinical requirements and specialism of this post



  • Experience of working in evidence-based ways with clients who have psychosis and other severe and complex mental health difficulties
  • Experience of service evaluation, audit and research
  • Experience of managing complex situations concerning safeguarding, risk management.
  • Experience of working within services that operate the Care Programme Approach successfully and of working with complex caseloads
  • 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 dealing with highly distressing or emotional circumstances such as serious mental illness, child and sexual abuse.


  • Will have experience of applying professional expertise in multidisciplinary teams /multi-agency environments.
  • Experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision, as well as experience of developing and leading on the delivery of training programmes and supervision
  • Experience of working within Rehabilitation Services and/or with client groups in need of significant rehabilitation in the community

Skills and Competencies


  • Ability to manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions, challenging behaviours and possibly forensic histories, to manage a demanding and complex case load.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. complex psychosis, complex PTSD, dual diagnoses, forensic histories, people with additional disabilities such as neurodevelopmental disorders and other cognitive difficulties etc).
  • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support and engage patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development and improvement.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in providing supervision to clinicians with differing levels of experience and to other multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Ability to comfortably and confidently cope well under pressure, with excellent time management skills and an ability to respond constructively to challenge or resistance.
  • Quick to work through and resolve issues and competing demands.
  • Exceptional IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)
  • Able to work flexibly and efficiently under pressure

Additional Requirements


  • Able to work flexibly around working patterns, as required (within and outside of office hours) and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Comm Rehab Enhanced Supp Team

London House, London Road


RG12 2UT

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