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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,154 to £52,936 a year Per Annum Inc
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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About the team:

This is an exciting opportunity to join the secondary mental health Psychology and Psychotherapy service for older adults as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist. The post holder will be based alongside the community mental health team for older adults and will have a varied role. The service offers CBT, psychodynamic and systemic therapy as well as undertaking neuropsychological assessments and working with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

The post is a split post with 0.5 sessions based at Heavers Resource Centre in Croydon and 0.5 sessions based at Lambeth Hospital.

Main duties of the job

About the role:

The post holder will offer psychological interventions to older adults and their families, consultancy and also contributing to teaching of trainees and research.

The service offers CBT, psychodynamic and systemic therapy as well as undertaking neuropsychological assessments and working with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

We are looking for an enthusiastic psychologist with an interest in and experience of working with older adults who are aware of the importance of close working relationships with MDT colleagues. We are looking for a psychologist that can offer a dynamic and creative approach to service delivery.

We welcome applications from trainees due to qualify in September 2022.

About us


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description & Person Specification for a detailed account of the main responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration (or expect to complete training within the next 3 months).
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients including older adults with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience.
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research, audit or service evaluation projects.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies for older people including people with dementia.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis.
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care.
Skills Essential
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences.
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials.
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Skills in the use of methods of psychological assessment and intervention with older people.
  • To plan allocation of tasks to assistant psychologists.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self.

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