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Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Specialist CBT Therapist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum, pro rata (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
3 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated 0.8WTE Specialist Psychologist or Accredited CBT Therapist to join Berkshire Healthcare Birth in Mind (BIM). As part of Maternal MH Services, BIM is a specialist service providing assessment and treatment for adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to their birth experience and/or severe Fear of Birth (medically referred to as tokophobia). Joining our dynamic and friendly team, you will work across BIM, contributing to both pathways.

The role is based at Erlegh House on the University of Reading White Knights Campus. The location has plenty of car parking, electric car charging, access to green spaces, shops and the University of Reading gym. We offer a blended model of delivery including face to face and online working from our well resourced clinic space or from home if appropriate.

Some of the benefits of joining BIM:
  • AfC Salary ranging from �45753 - �52067 pro rata per annum (includes HCA
  • Flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on work/life balance
  • Annual leave-27 days for new starters, plus bank holidays. Increasing to 29 days after 5 years and 33 days after 10 years NHS service (Pro rata)
  • Excellent CPD opportunities
  • Salary sacrifice scheme for a new car
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave for eligible staff
  • Advanced IT enablement and support
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff

Main duties of the job

As a valued member of our team, you will provide specialist assessments, formulations and evidence-based interventions, with individual and groups. You will be supported to develop clinical skills and expertise in other therapy modalities including EMDR.

You will have the opportunity to be involved in service improvement projects such as service user feedback forums and designing our specialist resources. We have a strong belief in evidence -

based practice and practice-based evidence, so you may also be able to undertake or supervise research, audit and service evaluation.

As part of your on-going development you may be able to supervise trainees and assistant psychologists, as appropriate. There may also be opportunities to be involved in consultation, liaison and training to multidisciplinary mental health staff, perinatal mental health services, third sector agencies and other, non-professional carers.

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 you to be considered for this role:
  • 1.Holder of HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychology qualification OR Post graduate qualification in CBT and BABCP accreditation OR Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with imminently pending qualification and HCPC registration on completion of degree.
  • Experience and a high level of enthusiasm for working with people with PTSD and/or a fear of birth.
  • Specialist skills in the delivery of evidence-based trauma therapy (eg TF-CBT) and a strong interest in fear of birth.

  • 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: Rosalind Brock on 0118 904 7111 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

    Interviews will be held on 11 July 2024.

    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



    • Holder of an HCPC regulated Clinical/Counselling Psychology qualification OR Post graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments and BABCP accreditation


    • Psychology degree

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of continuous professional development relevant to the current setting
    • Training in evidence-based psychological therapy for PTSD
    • Received training on assessment/management of risk and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice

    Previous Experience


    • Evidence of working with people who have experienced common mental health problems, across the lifespan and from different cultures
    • Evidence of experience using evidence-based therapy (TF-CBT) when working with traumatised people including those with PTSD
    • Experience of working with people experiencing peri/post natal difficulties


    • Experience of working with C-PTSD
    • Experience of running therapeutic groups
    • Experience of working directly with birth trauma and/or Fear of Birth.
    • Experience of other models of trauma-focussed therapy including EMDR, NET and compassion-focussed therapy
    • Experience of designing and disseminating teaching and training
    • Evidence of providing specialist consultation and liaison with other services, including non-psychologists, third sector organisations, service users and carers
    • Experience of service development, research and service evaluation

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Excellent written communication skills
    • Evidence of specialist skills in treating PTSD and trauma related psychological distress within the NICE guidelines
    • Demonstrates an understanding of common mental health difficulties and social care needs
    • High level of enthusiasm and motivation for working with PTSD following Birth Trauma and Fear of Birth
    • Ability to manage own caseload and time


    • Demonstrates understanding of the specific needs of clients who have experienced a birth trauma and the impact this can have on postnatal mental health and on care-giver bonding
    • Evidence of specialist skills of working with people in the perinatal period, Birth Trauma and/or Fear of Birth

    Additional Requirements


    • Car driver with ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    Birth Trauma Mental Health, University of Reading

    Erlegh House, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road


    RG6 6BZ

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