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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Job Advert - Band 8A Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

x3 posts (0.5 WTE) each:

Post 1: Psychosis Pathway, Brent Psychology and Psychotherapy Service, Brent CMHT

Post 2: Complex Emotional Needs (Personality difficulties) Pathway, Brent Psychology and Psychotherapy Service, Brent CMHT

Post 3: Acute inpatient wards, Brent Psychology and Psychotherapy Service, Park Royal Mental Health Hospital

Please specify on your application which of the pathways are of interest to you. We accept applications from psychologists who wish to work across more than one pathway (full time) or who wish to work part time in just one of the pathways.

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for innovative, motivated and enthusiastic Clinical/Counselling Psychologists to work with us in the above listed pathways, supporting people aged 18+ who are struggling with chronic mood and anxiety disorders, comorbid personality difficulties and complex trauma. This is an exciting opportunity to join a team committed to improving the lives of the population we serve and we are looking to recruit someone who is equally committed to supporting people with their recovery.

About us

This is an exciting time to join our growing service and contribute to the delivery of psychological services to improve short and long-term outcomes for service users experiencing problems associated with complex mental health problems. The post-holders will be expected to provide specialist psychological assessment and effective NICE-recommended interventions (including formulation and care planning where appropriate) and advice, consultation and training on aspects of psychological care to colleagues from other disciplines as well as advice, family interventions and consultation to non-professional carers. This is a developing area of service provision and the post holder will have an opportunity to be involved in shaping and developing the service.

Our service is committed to investing in the development of excellent clinicians and there are opportunities for career development including post-qualification training in an evidence-based model. Alongside relevant CPD opportunities and access to opportunities within the borough and wider trust for development of special interests and the sharing of specialist knowledge, clinical and management supervision is available to support flexible and skilled practice. We also have good links with, and have trainees from, all the Regional training courses. The post holders will have supervision responsibilities for pre-qualified Psychologists.

Job description Job responsibilities

The pathways are part of an integrated psychology and psychotherapy service within a multi-disciplinary service which provides mental health services for adults in a densely-populated and culturally-diverse borough in North-West London. As such, the successful candidate will have contact with colleagues who deliver individual, group and family therapies from a wide range of interesting theoretical models. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a real commitment and compassion for working with this client group and across a diverse population. The successful applicant will also ideally have experience of working within a secondary care context. They will have a strong commitment to recovery principles, multi-disciplinary working, service user involvement, and working with people who are cautious about engaging with mental health services. Strong team skills and the ability to work through consultancy with other staff members will be essential.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration
  • Training in a second evidence-based therapy such as CBT (including CBT-p), CAT, EMDR or DBT.
  • Experience of using family/systemic interventions.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in secondary care mental health services with clients presenting with comorbidity, including chronic mood disorders, personality difficulties and trauma.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of psychology and psychological therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of representing psychological therapies within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. psychosis, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).

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