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Clinical Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per Annum(Incl. Of HCAS)
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Part Time
Snowdrop ward is an Acute admissions Ward providing care to adults with mental health conditions such as Bipolar affective disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. The Ward can support the needs of up to 20 patients in a caring and compassionate environment. Based in Reading, located close to the amenities of the town centre and a leafy park, the wards work closely with patients and families to help them to identify their needs and participate actively in their care, providing a place of empathy, kindness, and compassion.

Main duties of the job

  • To contribute to the clinical management of designated service users, in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care. Participate in undertaking joint risk assessments and support the development and review of risk management and care-plans with patients and their carers to an identified group within their level of competency under the supervision of a registered professional.
  • Support the admission and discharge process of patients by completing aspects of the process which they have been assessed as competent to undertake. This may include aspects of core assessment and supporting the team in MDT reviews.
  • To identify opportunities for therapeutic activities and provide and supervise these as appropriate, providing emotional support and stability to patients through 1:1 and group work and ensuring effective engagement whilst maintaining professional boundaries.
  • Delegate work where appropriate and support junior staff and students in actively engaging in a range of therapeutic patient activity.
  • To ensure effective communication with patients, relatives and carers, visitors, staff and others acknowledging and addressing barriers to understanding.

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

In this role, you will:
  • Assess, create formulations and recommend the most appropriate therapeutic intervention to clients who have experienced the relational trauma of domestic abuse in line with most recent evidence and service model.
  • run groups delivering our 12 week programme which can be face to face or online.
  • provide clinical advice, teaching and joint working to multi-professional teams and colleagues.
  • undertake clinical audit activities, contribute to outcome measurement and review of the efficacy of the programme.
  • participate in regular supervision and work within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust and service policies and procedures.
  • maintain up-to-date knowledge of the field and participate in communication and learning.
  • work alongside our clients with lived experience to co-create a service that best meets the needs of the people we serve.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call:Jane Barker on 01753 690950 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Recognised psychotherapy qualification and registered with UKCP as a psychotherapist, qualified Group Analyst or with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)


  • Core professional training and registration in a mental health profession (e.g. psychology, nurse, OT, Social Worker etc.) or equivalent.

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist


  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Registered and accredited with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Counselling or Clinical Psychology status and membership of the Division of Counselling or Clinical Psychology

Specialist Mental Health Practitioner


  • Current professional registration: Registered Mental Health Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or equivalent
  • Relevant post registration training and development within psychological therapies field, such as cognitive and behavioural approaches

Continuous Professional Development


  • Awareness/Training/ Knowledge in one or more relevant therapy modalities (E.g. group analysis, CAT, etc)

Previous Experience


  • Minimum 5 years post registration experience in working with people with mental health needs.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in NHS (or equivalent) mental health services
  • Experience of working with clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of delivering brief, time limited psychological therapy interventions with mental health difficulties
  • Experience of facilitating psychological, psychotherapeutic and psychosocial groups
  • Demonstrable experience of working in multidisciplinary teams
  • Experience in providing teaching or training to healthcare professionals and delivering supervision in specialised therapeutic model
  • Experiencing of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding and risk management.
  • Experience of working relationally with people who have experienced trauma.
  • Experience of managing own caseload and time
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring, audit and clinically related research.


  • Demonstrable interest of working in multi-agency environments

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Comprehensive knowledge of psychotherapy/psychology theory and practice and the ability to skilfully apply it to formulate treatment plans, work therapeutically within a time limit, and evaluate interventions.
  • Advanced IT skills
  • To be able to work flexibly across teams and sites, including online in response to service(s) demands.
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effective


  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to travel independently across sites in Berkshire and beyond as required.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CMHT Slough

New Horizons, Pursers Court



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