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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 Per annum, Incl. HCAS
Closing date
27 Feb 2024
Are you looking for a new opportunity? Do you enjoy working with, and advising on, complex psychological difficulties as part of a multi-disciplinary team? Are you keen to work with other psychological therapists and further develop your expertise in evidenced-base psychological practice? Are you eager to build on your current experience to apply your specialist clinical knowledge and interests and develop your potential further within a transforming Community Mental Health Team? If so, we would like to meet you!

We are looking to enhance and develop our psychological offer in Bracknell CMHT, in line with the mental health transformation agenda. Working within an established multidisciplinary team, you will be developing and providing the latest evidence -based specialist psychological care, for which you will receive senior level clinical supervision and training. This is a fantastic opportunity to join an energetic, friendly and progressive team, where you will be well supported and supervised. We are keen to work with the right people to develop their specialist clinical interests and to consider career progression opportunities within Berkshire Healthcare.

Please be advised whilst this post is full-time, we would be happy to consider part-time working hours and/or job shares.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be working as an Applied Psychologist (Counselling or Clinical Psychologist) or a CBT Therapist (band 7) within a multidisciplinary Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) to both develop and provide a comprehensive psychological care package for adults with complex mental health needs, including psychosis and personality disorders presenting to the service.
  • You will be responsible for delivering a range of cutting edge and evidence based individual and group interventions for which specialist supervision, training and support will be available.
  • You will have the opportunity to contribute to the development and implementation of digital therapy offers
  • You will also be working closely with an established and experienced multidisciplinary team to enhance the psychological care of all adults accessing the service and you will offer consultations, team formulation work and training as required.
  • Berkshire Healthcare is a progressive Trust that is keen to be part of new developments. The CMHT is fully involved in the mental health transformation agenda. As such you will have a range of opportunities for project and development work to enhance the psychological care of adults with significant and/or complex mental health need as agreed within supervision

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 solution

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

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • A post-graduate doctoral qualification in counselling psychology or clinical psychology (or equivalent) and Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) or Accredited by the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) as a CBT Therapist. If you are awaiting accreditation and likely to have this within 3 months of obtaining the post, then please do still apply and indicate this on your application form
  • Experience of delivering evidence-based psychological therapies to clients with severe and complex mental health difficulties, individually and ideally, within groups as well.
  • Interest in working with a team of professionals and contributing psychological knowledge, skills and training to non-therapy staff
  • Willingness to work digitally across services in line with the one team approach
  • An enhanced DBS check

  • 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 contact Dr Payal Amin-Lindsay on: 0118 904 6800 or email: who would 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

    Education/ Qualifications /Training


    • Post graduate doctoral qualification in Counselling or Clinical Psychology
    • Registered with or eligible for registration within 3 months of obtaining the position with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist
    • Eligible for graduate membership of and Chartered status with British Psychology Society (BPS) and for membership of the Division of Counselling Psychology or Clinical Psychology OR Qualification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to post graduate diploma level
    • Professional qualification in health or social care e.g. RMN, Social Worker or equivalent
    • Practitioner accreditation or eligible for accreditation within 3 months of obtaining the position as a CBT therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Specific psychological training in working with clients with severe and enduring mental health difficulties


    • Awareness/knowledge/ training in CBT for Psychosis
    • Training in STEPPS or DBT

    Previous Experience


    • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
    • Demonstrable experience and interest of working in multidisciplinary teams / multi-agency environment as well as experience of teaching / training of health care professionals
    • Experiencing of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding and risk management
    • Experience with routine outcome monitoring, audit and clinically related research.


    • Experience of working in evidence based ways with clients who have a personality disorder and ideally a working knowledge and experience of the STEPPS and/or DBT programmes.
    • Experience of teaching and liaising with other professional groups

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Demonstrating high standards in written communication, with an ability to write clear reports and letters to referrers.
    • Demonstrates an understanding of mental health issues and presentations and knowledge of child protection/safeguarding issues and other relevant legislation
    • Experience of working effectively with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course and with service users with cases of a high degree of complexity
    • Ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams and foster good working relationships
    • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively


    • 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.
    • Knowledge and understanding of service evaluation
    • Ability to manage own caseload and time and to work flexibly across teams and sites in response to service demands.

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to travel across sites in Berkshire and beyond as required.
    • Ability to deliver therapy online via Microsoft Teams and/or One Consultation

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Church Hill House

    51-52 Turing Drive


    RG12 7FR

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