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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata +5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
12 Jun 2024
We are looking to recruit a Band 7 Psychological Therapist to join our team!

This role offer a fantastic opportunity for aPsychologist (clinical or counselling) or CBT therapist. The post has will involve working with senior colleagues as well as VSCEs 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 abuse and assault alongside the senior leadership team.

To work in Psychological Services within Enhanced Mental Health Service (EMHS) for victim survivors of sexual abuse and assault, delivering a multidisciplinary, trauma informed, recovery-oriented community based services 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 victim survivors of sexual abuse and assault.

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 abuse and assault 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 victim survivors of sexual abuse and assault 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 abuse and assault 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 abuse and assault 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 victim survivors of sexual abuse and assault.

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 abuse and assault, in terms of service user, carer and stakeholder satisfaction and clinical outcomes.

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

To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

To implement a wide range of highly specialised psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

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-doctoral training in specialist interventions for complex trauma
  • Training in supervision



  • 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.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including 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 multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting.


  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision.
  • Experience of service development/project management.



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence based psychological therapy (i.e. CBT, Interpersonal Therapy, CAT, systemic family psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy) relevant to the treatment of adults with complex problems and their families.
  • An interest in working with people with mental health problems or other disabilities who are working within the health and social care field.
  • Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological, and mental well- being
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks.
  • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures.
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments.
  • Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to Adult Mental Health.
  • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with mental health problems.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.
  • Ability to keep accurate and complete records of activities and communications consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to alert line manager / team when direction, policies and strategies are adversely affecting users of services or the public.
  • Ability to time manage effectively and to work under pressure and to prioritise a clinical workload.



  • Ability to communicate 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.
  • Ability to work and communicate therapeutically with clients and their families consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating
  • Ability to work and communicate as a responsible participating member of a multi- disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members' contributions and to encourage participation of all involved.
  • An ability to interact with people with mental health problems and emotional distress.
  • High level communication skills (written and verbal) including an ability to communicate and work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to service users, cares and colleagues in a way that addresses psychological resistance. An ability to interact effectively with staff from all disciplines



  • Able to prioritise work, to operate a waiting list, meet short deadlines and an unpredictable work pattern which requires regular revision of plans.
  • 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

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


99 Waverley Road, St Albans, AL3 5TL

Waverley Road

St Albans


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