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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Community Rehabilitation Service - Hammersmith & Fulham, West London.

This is an exciting opportunity for a psychologist with a keen interest in psychosis. The psychology team includes extensive Consultant and Principal Psychologist support and contains psychosis specialists with expertise in CBTp, FI, trauma-focused therapies, and community and peer-led approaches. Alongside a full MDT and third sector partners, you would contribute to a comprehensive psychology service and to innovative and high quality approaches to supporting service users to live and thrive within local communities.

You would be supported to grow your skills in evidence-based treatment, innovative practice, supervision, consultation and leadership. We are seeking a creative psychologist who enjoys multidisciplinary team working, with a genuine commitment to community recovery for psychosis.

Main duties of the job

This post is based in our Community Rehabilitation Teams, which have a vision to support people with the highest levels of need and with complex psychosis to live fulfilling lives, as independently as possible, within their local communities.

You would work closely with a Principal Clinical Psychologist and alongside a full multidisciplinary team to provide a comprehensive psychology service to support service users and their families, carers and housing providers. This will include individual, family and group interventions, expert training and consultation, and community psychology approaches.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

This is an exciting time for the West London Trusts Community Rehabilitation Teams, which are aiming to transform care by working closely with local authority and third sector partners to support service users with complex psychosis and rehabilitation needs to live fulfilling, minimally restrictive lives in their local communities, reducing the use of inpatient admission and out-of-area placement.

The psychologists within the teams are at the heart of this change.

They will ensure that clients of the service have access to direct psychological interventions and that all members of multidisciplinary teams have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding clients of the service through the provision of consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree (2:1 minimum) in Psychology.
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Other related academic qualifications
  • Evidence of post-doctoral training in systemic approaches, and/or CBTp, and/or FIp and/or trauma therapies.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a qualified (specialist) psychologist with clients with psychosis and complex needs.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of psychometric / neuropsychological tests
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of co-producing and/or co-delivering services with service users and/or 3rd sector partners.
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and intervention of complex mental health difficulties.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for work in the current setting
Skills Essential
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options), Where expert opinions may differ
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes (individual or group) involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software
  • Able to sit for lengthy periods of time while demonstrating active listening skills
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods
  • Able to function in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with service users with serious mental illness, histories of homicide and serious violence, self-harm, sexual abuse)
  • Working knowledge of SPSS
Other Requirements Essential
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for and commitment to working with service users with highly complex levels of need.
  • Demonstrable enthusiasm for and commitment to partnership working with MDT colleagues and community and 3rd sector partners.
  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS
  • Must be capable of being guided by precedent, clearly defined policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  • Able to reflect on own professional practice
  • Willing to participate actively in CPD in line with BPS guidelines
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

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