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Part Time Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,192 max £2,011)
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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We are looking to recruit a Psychological Therapist to join our team!

This role offers a fantastic opportunity for a Psychologist (clinical or counselling) or CBT therapist. The post will involve working with senior colleagues as well as VCSEs and those with lived experience to develop a local enhanced psychological service to meet the needs of Adult Victim-Survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

We are part of a series of national sites developing these services with the aim of delivering a high quality local service but also to support formulating a model of best practice nationally. This offers an exciting opportunity to make a real difference within communities nationally as well as within the footprint of the service in Hertfordshire and West Essex.

The post would suit someone with experience of working with individuals who have experienced trauma as a result of sexual assault, and with experience of evidence based treatment models in the field.

We aim to work with partner agencies to deliver the services, including working with experts by experience. Experience of working within health care systems would be an advantage.

Main duties of the job

To clinically assist in the development of the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse alongside the senior leadership team.

To work in Psychological Services within Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse, delivering a multidisciplinary, trauma-informed, recovery-oriented community based service for individuals who have experienced this form of trauma across Hertfordshire & West Essex, developing specialist service provision for those who have faced these challenges in their lives, working in an integrated way within community based teams and with other partner agencies.

To work effectively for the supervision and governance of psychological practice for specialist staff working within the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for adult victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Working within a multi professional and recovery-oriented frame work to actively facilitate psychologically informed ways of working with people within the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse and to support colleagues in partner agencies and other staff in this service.

To ensure robust supervision, informal consultation and clinical support to junior colleagues within the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for adult victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse and partner agencies.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout.

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

To support with implementing and evaluating an embedded model for the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse in line with best practice guidelines for this group.

To support in ensuring all specialist staff working within the the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse are appropriately trained, supervised and working to agreed standards.

To be a role model for the excellent delivery of the main therapeutic and psycho-educational modalities for those working within the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for adult victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

To provide supervision and consultation to staff of any discipline, as required and appropriate.

To support in demonstrating the effectiveness of specialist staff working with the Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim-survivors of sexual assault and abuse, in terms of service user, carer and stakeholder satisfaction and clinical outcomes.

To provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

For a more detailed description, please see attached Job Description and Person Specification before applying

Person Specification



  • Doctoral/master's level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS and current registration with HCPC. Or ? A registered qualification (e.g., in nursing, social work, occupational therapy or completion of the KSA route to accreditation) and further postgraduate qualification training in evidence based psychological therapies, including CBT, and considerable experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner, with BABCP registration and eligibility for BABCP accreditation.
  • Post-registration experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature to enable independent practice - eligible for training as a supervisor


  • Post-doctoral training in specialist interventions for complex trauma
  • Experience in neuropsychological assessment.
  • Training in supervision



  • Assessed experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adults of working age with a wide range of presentations of varying severity. Typically this would involve a minimum of 2 years at specialist level, or its equivalent demonstrated through CV and interview.
  • Demonstrate further specialist clinical experience and training, through a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a clinical / counselling psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an agreed alternative
  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary therapy service.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management with clients with complex problems, including specialised psychological interventions for difficult to treat groups (e.g. multiple mental health and/or physical health problems). Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill in assessment, therapeutic intervention, or research/evaluation.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPSand HCPC and/or BABCP as appropriate to registration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively and well, orally and in writing, highly technical, and 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.
  • Able to plan own workload and coordinatewith other relevant staff in the delivery of clinical service


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision, including supervision of clinical psychology trainee(s).
  • PG level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Experience of having published in either peer reviewed academic or professional journals and/or books.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


99 Waverley Road

Waverley Road

St Albans


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