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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Are you a qualified or soon to qualify Clinical Psychologist? Do you have a passion for working with young people with mental health conditions? Are you keen to be part of a new and exciting CAMHS service?

Here in our Children in Care service we are looking for a band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join our dynamic team based in Wokingham.

This is a new role within a new and exciting service, which has been established to ensure that children who are in care receive quicker access to mental health support. In this role you will support the psychology provision within the service ensuring clinical effectiveness and ensuring the delivery of the service is aligned to the Trust's core values.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team offering consultation, assessment, intervention and training to children and young people presenting with complex, comorbid or high-risk mental health disorders.

As a service are big on staff development and can offer you both internal and external training opportunities within this role.

We operate Monday to Friday 9:00 - 17:00pm and are open to applicants looking for either full or part time.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide advice on assessment psychological formulation of clinical presentation and risk and make appropriate care plans for ongoing care.
  • Attend and participate in Multi Disciplinary Team (MDT) reviews and other meetings as required.
  • Liaise with professionals from other service delivery teams and with external agencies as required to ensure appropriate clinical care.
  • Operate as the Lead Professional and as such be responsible for expert psychological assessment, case formulation and treatment for a designated number of patients.
  • Responsible for making recommendations to the Multidisciplinary team on additional assessment or interventions and skills required from the multidisciplinary team to deliver

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. Hear what our people say about working for our CAMHS service:

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 including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment 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 this role:
  • Hold a Doctorate or equivalent in Clinical / Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC registration
  • Have a passion for working with young people with mental health difficulties
  • A full UK license and access to vehicle

For further information about the role, please see attached job description and person specification. We strongly encourage you to review how you meet the criteria in the person specification and write about this point-by-point in your supporting statement for the best chance of being shortlisted. For further application tips see the help with your application document attached once you click apply.

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, you belong at Berkshire Healthcare!

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Matthew Prouse on 07775852630 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



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical / counselling psychology (or equivalent)
  • Registered and accredited with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical/Counselling Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a result of training in models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and at least two psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology


  • Clinical supervision training for psychology trainees
  • Evidence of post-doctoral specialist training in at least two areas of psychological practice directly related to the clinical requirements and specialism of this post

Previous Experience


  • Significant post-qualifying experience of undertaking comprehensive assessment of mental health needs, developing care plans and offering appropriate support based on psychological formulation of presenting difficulties
  • Experience of hard-to-reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.


  • Will have experience of applying professional expertise in multidisciplinary teams /multi-agency environments.
  • Experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision, as well as experience of developing and leading on the delivery of training programmes and supervision

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge and skill to assess acute mental health crisis, and deliberate self-harm at Getting Risk/Tier 3 levels
  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge of legislation and National strategies and requirements for CAMHS
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment. Ability to work to timescales and comfortably cope in pressurised situations, applying practical problem solving skills in everyday and complex situations
  • Ability to work autonomously and effectively in a team, reprioritising work and that of others work to reflect changing needs.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO outlook, databases, MS office and the internet

Additional Requirements


  • Able to work flexibly around working patterns, as required (within and outside of office hours) and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position.
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and conduct.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


CAMHS East Children in Care Se


RG41 2RE

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