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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£60,983 to £70,536 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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This is an exceptional and exciting opportunity for an experienced clinical/counselling psychologist who would be interested in gaining additional invaluable skills and experience working across mental health services in both primary and secondary care. As the successful post holder, you will be working within the Community Mental Health Team in Slough and wider Berkshire. You will be supervising and managing staff, as well as offering your expertise to a wider multidisciplinary community mental health team. This part of the post is 22.5hrs per week.

There is an opportunity to add additional 15 hours, for which you would be based in Bracknell, within the CREST Team. This multi-disciplinary team offers service to those with serious mental health conditions, primarily psychosis, who have had multiple hospital admissions. The team aims to work with service users towards their goals for independence and to facilitate their integration back into communities, families (wherepossible) and social groups.

This exciting role offers an excellent opportunity for a career and skills development, and we would welcome passionate and dynamic candidates, keen to progress in their careers. We value relational practice and have co-production embedded within our services. We offer exceptional opportunities for service development both locally andtrust-wide.

Main duties of the job

1. You will work as a valued member of the Slough Mental Health Team, as well as the trust Psychological Therapies wider team, and you will provide ahighly specialist psychological service to users presenting withsevere/complex mental health difficulties requiring multiple interventions,complex/intensive risk management plans and high levels of multiagencywork.2. You will initiate, lead, supervise, and contribute to the multidisciplinaryteams within the locality and wider Trust services.3. You will contribute to the Trust's Community Mental Health Transformation initiative aimed at bridging the gap between primary and secondary care,which includes working closely with GPs and primary care colleagues.4. You will be reliable and knowledgeable, and you will have great IT skills and be familiar with various systems and software packages.5. You will need access to your own car and be able to travel independentlyacross Berkshire.

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 3/4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:1. A doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology andRegistered Practitioner Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with theHealth and Care Professional Council (HCPC).2. Clinical supervision training for psychological therapy trainees andqualified staff3. Significant experience working as a qualified clinical/counsellingpsychologist, including demonstrable post qualification experience ata highly specialist level in the related specialisms.4. An enhanced DBS check.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996) which provides eligibility for Chartered Membership of the BPS (British Psychological Society).
  • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC)
  • Proven ability in teaching and formal training in professional/clinical supervision.
  • Additional accreditations (or working towards these) to reflect to post qualification specialist training (e.g., BABCP, UKCP, ACAT, BPS).

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of substantial post-doctoral training, experience and expert knowledge in psychological models and therapeutic approaches with an evidence base within the area of specialism. Or Evidence of post qualification or specialist training to accreditable level in at least two areas of psychological/psychotherapy practice directly related to the clinical requirements of this post and clinical supervision.
  • Clinical supervision training for psychological therapy trainees and qualified staff



  • Significant experience working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist, including demonstrable post qualification experience at a highly specialist level in the related specialisms.
  • Significant experience of working in evidence-based ways with service users (and their carers/ families) presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the range of care settings, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of dealing with highly distressing or emotional circumstances, such as serious mental illness, child and sexual abuse, exploitation, and complex family dynamics.
  • Experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision, as well as experience of developing and leading the delivery of training programmes and supervision.
  • Experience of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions.
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working with diversity, multiculturalism and equality of access to services

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Able to manage a demanding and complex caseload while supporting junior colleagues.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers, and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS.
  • Detailed and advanced knowledge of a range of evidence-based assessments and therapeutic interventions within designated clinical area.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development, and improvement.

Additional requirements


  • Demonstrates the ability to respond to people's needs sensitively, particularly with reference to all aspects of diversity.
  • Able to work flexibly as required and to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements and duties of the position.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


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