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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 pa
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Primary Care and Community Mental Health Services – Worcestershire

Adult Mental Health - Neighbourhood Mental Health Services (previously CMHT)

Specialist Team Psychological Intervention Pathway (previously Secondary Care)

Split post – Waterside Day Hospital, Evesham and Studdert Kennedy House, Worcester

Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Band 8a

(Will also consider Band 7, working on a preceptorship programme)

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical / Counselling) by the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Band 8a

Full time - Permanent 37.5 hours per week

(Will also consider part time hours)

Band 8a £47,126-£53,219 p.a. pro rata for part time

Band 7 £40,057-£45,839 p.a. pro rata for par titme

Ref: 798-2672A

We are looking to appoint a highly skilled and experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in the Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Services across Worcestershire. The Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Services are informed by the new framework for mental health services proposed by NHS England (Transformation Model) and are built around local Primary Care Networks and existing GP practices. The Transformation Model will effectively address the needs of people with a range of mental health needs and promote effective links to local community services. There is a recovery-based ethos to the service provision and psychology is intrinsically placed within local Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Services.

The post holder will work on the Specialist Team Pathway (previously Secondary Care). They should have clinical and supervision knowledge and experience. They will have a clinical caseload providing specialist psychological assessments leading to the development of psychological formulations and interventions, for individuals who present with a range of complexities within the local Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Services. They will be involved with designing and delivering group interventions. They will work with other senior psychologists within the local Neighbourhood Mental Health Services facilitating referrals for psychological assessment and intervention and managing psychological assessment and intervention pathways. They will provide psychological consultation and opinion within the local Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Service. They will work as part of a wider group of psychologists working within Worcestershire who collectively deliver Applied Psychology interventions across the Worcestershire Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Services.

Consideration will also be given to psychologists looking for career development and particularly to undertake and complete a preceptorship programme. Therefore, if you do not meet the criteria for the Band 8a role we will also consider applications that meet the criteria for the Band 7 role and job description. If appointed to the Band 7 role this will be a development role with progression to the Band 8a role upon successful completion of a preceptorship programme. It is expected that this will be achievable within a period of up to two years and will be dependent on the experience of the successful candidate. In the event that the elements of the development plan are not fully achieved the role will remain as a Band 7. This will be further discussed as part of the interview process and with the preferred candidate as appropriate.

The post holder will receive appropriate clinical supervision along with separate line management supervision.

As this is a split post between two bases, the post holder would be based at both Waterside Day Hospital in Evesham and Studdert Kennedy House in Worcester City. They will also be expected to travel to all areas of the Worcestershire localities and provide sessions if necessary. It is therefore essential that applicants can meet the travel requirement for the post. Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic our psychological work is being delivered in both a virtual and in a face-to-face way and following social distancing guidelines as necessary. It is anticipated that a proportion of our work will continue to be delivered virtually as we transform our services following the COVID-19 pandemic.

As an employee of the Trust the post holder would benefit from:

Career progression opportunities

Flexible working, allowing you to maintain work-life balance

Access to LGBT, BAME, Disability and Carers Forums

Wellbeing and support programmes

A wide range of NHS discounts

For further information or to arrange a telephone discussion please email Samantha Lake, Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist and Psychological Interventions Lead within Teams in the Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Services. or Nicola Bate, Highly Specialist Counselling Psychologist and Psychological Interventions Lead for the Specialist Individual Psychological Interventions Pathways

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