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Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Negotiable £45,024.00 - £58186.00 p.a. inc.
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Full Time
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Greenwich Community Mental Health Rehab and Enablement Service (CHMRES)/ Greenwich Intensive Case Management for Psychosis (ICMP)Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Band 7/8a

Fixd-Term or Secondment

We have a 12-month fixed term or secondment opportunity for a full-time Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist within the Greenwich adult mental health directorate. This post would be suitable for Band 7 candidates looking for opportunities to progress or existing Band 8a psychologists looking for diverse experiences in a new setting.

Split between two established teams in Greenwich, South East London, the post holder will provide a psychology service to clients of the CMHRES and the ICMP (psychosis and bi polar) pathway across all sectors of care.

The post holders will work collaboratively with the teams in different clinical contexts including group work, assessments, systemic and family consultations and individual therapy. They will receive regular supervision and access to networks to support their professional development. If desired, there are also opportunities to gain experience in different teams including our local family therapy service or the neurodevelopmental service, or to develop our links with local children's services, the drug and alcohol service and other organisations in the statutory sector.

Main duties of the job

You will work closely with a group of experienced psychological therapists in a supportive team. You will be responsible for providing highly specialist psychological assessment, intervention and treatment with a particular focus on complex assessment including neuro assessment and systemic / family interventions.The role also includes working at a consultative level within the team, alongside participating in community team assessments and crisis work. There would also be opportunities to support the development of psychological skills and knowledge within the wider multi-disciplinary team.

We value a number of therapeutic approaches and welcome applicants who enjoy working closely alongside other disciplines and within a team where different psychological approaches are valued.

You would have access to regular individual supervision and access to specialist supervision groups to support you in working with complex clients. There are regular psychological therapies training events and access to external training linked to staff and service development.

As a London borough, Greenwich offers a rich, culturally diverse and stimulating environment. You will work with people with different backgrounds and will ideally be passionate about equal opportunities and client-centred care.

The teams base is close to Charlton Village, with easy access to local shops, Charlton park and has good public transport links.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. 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 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across 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 Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description Job responsibilities

JOB TITLE: Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

GRADE: Band 8a


HOURS OF WORK: 1.0 WTE (37.5 hours per week)

PROFESSIONALLY RESPONSIBLE TO: Lead Clinical Psychologist, Greenwich Intensive Case Management for Psychosis(ICMP) Teams


RESPONSIBLE FOR: Attached doctoral trainees and assistants and/or graduate psychologists or more junior clinical/counselling psychologists.

LIAISES WITH: Other team members, including, where applicable, members of other disciplines and agencies responsiblefor a clients care

BASE: 69 The Heights, Charlton, SE7 8JH.

To develop and provide a Clinical Psychology service to clients of the Community Mental Health Rehabilitation and Enablement Service (CMHRES) and Intensive Case Management for Psychosis team (ICMP), Locality West Greenwich

The post holder will be responsible for providing highly specialist psychological assessment, intervention and treatment with a particular focus on complex assessment including neuro assessment and systemic /family interventions.

In both these services there are a percentage of clients with a background of neuro developmental conditions (including ASD and ADHD) as well as mental health problems. There are also clients with acquired cognitive deficits which impinge on day to day functioning.

The role includes working jointly with MDT colleagues, clients and families to assess, formulate difficulties and plan interventions.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.

Research skills will be utilised for audit, policy, service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems and other relevant issues, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically-based standard care plans.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

7. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically-based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies.

8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

9. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary care.

1. To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists ensuring the trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively tohealth care, and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.

2. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

3. To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post-holder is employed.

4. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other staffs psychological work, as appropriate.

5. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of relevant healthcare staff, asappropriate.

1. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

2. To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

3. To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.

4. To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/graduate /band 7 psychologists.

To be proficient in the use of IT for email, intranet and RIO. To be familiar with word processing, database and statistical packages, and to use such packages for complex data analysis as necessary. To use appropriate computer software to develop and create clinical or other service-related reports or documents.

1. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

2. To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

3. To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

1. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the postholders professional and service manager(s).

2. To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

3. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures

4. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to mental health.

Person Specification essential Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
  • Post qualification training in area relevant to the clinical group
Essential Essential
  • Experience of working with people with psychosis or complex mental health issues
  • Experience of qualified practice of 18 months or more
Desirable Desirable
  • Experience of working with groups and families

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