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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Are you an experienced Clinical Psychologist looking for a change of direction in your clinical work?

Are looking to be part of Trust that prioritises their staff wellbeing and are you passionate about being involved in this?

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join our Wellbeing team who are based at London House in Bracknell.

You will work as part of a team of practitioner psychologists supporting teams and individuals across the Trust. In this post you will be developing and providing the latest evidence - based specialist psychological wellbeing support within Berkshire Healthcare. This is an autonomous post however and you will need to manage your own diary to coincide with the needs of the teams you are supporting. You will assess the needs of both individuals and teams , and then deliver both individual and team interventions, including wellbeing support hubs, staff support post incident sessions, and team support processes.

This role will involve travel between sites but also leaves room for home working and virtual support. You would be expected to attend meetings at London house at least twice per month.

We are big on staff development and provide a number of internal and external training opportunities. We are keen to train staff in developing evidence based techniques using different psychological models.

We operate 9:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday and are open to both full and part time applicants.

Main duties of the job

  • To support the development and delivery of the Specialist Psychological Staff Support Service
  • Provide advice on assessment formulation and interventions for psychological staff support to managers seeking advice from the Specialist Psychological Staff Support team
  • As an experienced mental health practitioner, you will direct and supervise junior staff and resources within their area of responsibility and take an active participation in clinical quality assurance and learning programmes
  • To communicate specialised, complex and sensitive information and advice to staff members and other professionals, including information about challenging team dynamics or staff psychological wellbeing needs. To provide advice to other members of the service and agencies on their particular needs

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 this role:
  • Doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology
  • HCPC registration
  • Previous experience working as a Clinical Psychologist (at least 2 years post-qualification)
  • A passion for staff support
  • Full UK driving license and access to vehicle

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: Hannah Faust on 03003656565 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 psychology (or equivalent)
  • Registered and accredited with Health Professional Council (HPC)
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology as a result of training in models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology and at least 2 psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidenced post qualification training and expert knowledge in areas of specialism and the ability to use knowledge when interacting on health and social care subjects


  • Clinical supervision training for psychology trainees

Previous Experience


  • Will usually have at least two years demonstrable post-qualification 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, risk management, complaints and investigations
  • 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
  • Experience of carrying out clinical audit and applying the findings.
  • Experience of working within services that operate the Care Programme Approach successfully and of working with complex caseloads

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to manage difficult situations with service users that have complex mental health conditions and challenging behaviours and to manage a demanding and complex case-load.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to engage, support and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development and improvement
  • Able to empathise, be supportive and sensitive to the needs of others as well as being able to cope with highly distressing circumstances
  • Ability to comfortably and confidently cope well under pressure, with excellent time management skills and an ability to respond constructively to challenge or resistance.
  • Quick to work through and resolve issues and competing demands
  • Knowledge and understanding of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions
  • Exceptional IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO, Outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)
  • Able to work flexibly as required and the ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position

Additional Requirements


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

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


London House


RG12 2UT

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