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Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum, pro rata (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
25 Apr 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Specialist Psychologist or Accredited CBT therapist to join Berkshire Healthcare Birth in Mind. Birth in Mind is a specialist service providing assessment and treatment for adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to their birth experience and severe Fear of Birth (medically referred to as tokophobia). The post holder will work across Birth in Mind, with a focus on the Fear of Birth Pathway.

The role is based at Erlegh House on the University of Reading White Knights Campus. The location has plenty of car parking with electric car charging points, access to green spaces, local shops and access to the University of Reading gym.

We offer a blended model of delivery including face to face and online working from our well resourced clinic space or from home when appropriate.

Main duties of the job

As a valued member of our team, your role will combine both clinical and service development responsibilities and contribute to our networking strategy.

Primarily working with Fear of Birth, you will provide specialist assessments and interventions, including psychological birth care plans.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in service improvement projects such as groups, service user feedback forums, and designing our specialist resources. We have a strong belief in evidence -based practice and practice-based evidence, so you may also be able to undertake or supervise research, audit and service evaluation.

As part of your on-going development you will be able to contribute to the supervision and line-management of trainee and assistant psychologists, as appropriate.

You may also be involved in consultation, liaison and training to multidisciplinary mental health staff, perinatal mental health services, third-sector agencies and other, non-professional carers.

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

The must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Holder of HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychology qualification OR Post graduate qualification in CBT and BABCP accreditation
  • Experience and a high level of enthusiasm and motivation for working with people with a fear of birth.
  • Skills in the delivery of evidence-based therapy, including CBT.
  • Specialist skills in treating people with a fear of birth and perinatal related psychological distress
  • Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients

  • Person Specification



    • Holder of an HCPC regulated Clinical/Counselling Psychology qualification OR Post graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments and BABCP accreditation


    • Psychology degree



    • Evidence of working with people who have experienced common mental health problems, across the lifespan and from different cultures.
    • Evidence of experience of working with people in the perinatal period and especially Fear of Childbirth, PTSD and Birth Trauma.
    • Experience of running therapeutic groups


    • Experience of working with people experiencing peri/post natal difficulties including birth trauma and Fear of Birth.
    • Experience of other models of trauma-focussed therapy including EMDR, NET and compassion-focussed therapy.
    • Experience of designing and disseminating teaching and training
    • Evidence of providing specialist consultation and liaison with other services, including non-psychologists, third sector organisations, service users and carers.
    • Experience of service development, research and service evaluation.



    • Training in evidence-based psychological therapy for PTSD
    • Received training on assessment/management of risk and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
    • Excellent Written communication skills
    • Evidence of specialist skills in treating women in the Perinatal Period, Fear of Birth, PTSD and trauma related psychological distress within the NICE guidelines
    • Demonstrates understanding of the specific needs of clients who have experienced a birth trauma and the impact this can have on postnatal mental health and on care-giver bonding
    • Demonstrates an understanding of common mental health difficulties and social care needs
    • High level of enthusiasm and motivation for working with this client group.
    • Ability to manage own caseload and time



    • Car driver with ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    University of Reading - Earley Gate

    Earley Gate


    RG6 6BZ

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