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Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Employer
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
Location
Reading
Salary
£72,428 to £83,149 per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Exciting Opportunity for a Clinical or Counselling Consultant Psychologist in Community Adult Mental Health services.

We are delighted to announce an exceptional opportunity for an experienced and motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologist. You will join the Reading Community Mental Health team and work as part of the Trust-wide Psychological Therapies team to lead and develop our psychological provision for people with significant mental health problems.

This is a rare senior community-based position, and you will have a pivotal role in contributing to the transformation of our adult mental health services, ensuring increased access to evidence-based psychological therapies. As a Consultant Psychologist, you will play a crucial role in shaping and developing Community Mental Health Psychological Therapies provision both in the Reading locality and across the Trust.

Using your expert knowledge and skills you will provide leadership, consultation, and supervision for colleagues working with patients in community mental health services. You will hold responsibility for a range of senior and junior psychological professionals across various specialties, as well as managing your own clinical caseload.

If this opportunity is of interest, and you are looking for a new challenge and the chance to make a significant impact, we would love to hear from you!

Please note: Interviews will take place on Wednesday 10th July.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for the psychological provision, workforce, and delivery within Reading Community Mental Health Psychological Therapies - currently 9.2wte full and part-time staff.
  • Innovate, enhance and evaluate the service.
  • Receive and contribute to management and supervision and training for psychological therapists within the service.
  • Work flexibly in response to service need and provision.
  • Collaborate with colleagues within and beyond the Trust in the development, delivery and evaluation of services.
  • Provide evidence-based psychological therapy and undertake CPD to enhance and develop your skills.


About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a 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 including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave
  • Free parking across Trust sites

If you share our values and would like to come and work for us, please submit your application as soon as possible as we'll occasionally close roles early that have a high number of applications.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical/counselling psychology (or approved equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996 or for those who completed their training overseas) which provides eligibility for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS) AND Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) or UKCP/BPC WITH additional accreditations to reflect post qualification specialist training (e.g., BABCP, UKCP, ACAT, BACP, BPS/ACT, EMDR-UK).
  • Extensive experience of applying professional expertise when leading multidisciplinary teams / in multi-agency environments in a relevant clinical setting.
  • A Demonstrable track record of Clinical Leadership including providing professional/clinical supervision
  • Evidence of knowledge, experience and expertise in providing care to patients with severe mental illness.
  • An enhanced DBS check is required and you will need to travel between bases in Berkshire.

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. If we receive a high number of applications, we may close this role earlier than the advertised closing date, so please submit your application as soon as possible.

If you're 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 don't hesitate to call: Dr Bridget Gemal, Professional Head of Psychological Therapies, bridget.gemal@berkshire.nhs.uk or 07789 033862, who'll 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.

We have identified that this is a role where we have underrepresentation of ethnically diverse colleagues. As part of our commitment to inclusion and Unity Against Racism we offer guaranteed interviews to candidates who meet the essential criteria and identify as: Asian or Asian British, Black or Black British, Mixed and Other Ethnic Groups.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical/counselling psychology (or approved equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996 or for those who completed their training overseas) which provides eligibility for Chartered Membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) or UKCP/BPC
  • Additional accreditations to reflect post qualification specialist training (e.g., BABCP, UKCP, ACAT, BACP, BPS/ACT, EMDR-UK).
  • Evidence of post-qualification specialist training to accreditable level in at least two areas of psychological practice directly related to the clinical requirements for this post OR Evidence of extensive post-qualification training, experience and expert knowledge in psychological models and therapeutic approaches with an evidence base in the area of specialism, appropriate to discipline
  • Clinical supervision qualification and accreditation.
  • Professional leadership qualification or equivalent level of substantial experience
  • Training and/or proven ability in providing effective education, consultation and coaching to develop and support others.


Previous Experience - Clinical Provision

Essential

  • Extensive experience working as a qualified (Principal) clinical/counselling psychologist/psychotherapist, including demonstrable post qualification experience at a highly specialist level in the related specialisms.
  • Substantial experience of working in evidence-based ways with service users (and their carers and 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 and threatening behaviour.
  • Extensive experience of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding, risk management, clinical governance, complaints and investigations.


Previous Experience - Clinical & Professional Leadership and Supervision

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience of applying professional expertise when leading multidisciplinary teams / in multi-agency environments in a relevant clinical setting.
  • Extensive experience of leading services and teams with complex caseloads requiring the application of evidence-based psychological methods, assessments, formulation, and interventions.
  • Extensive experience of teaching and professional/clinical supervision as well as experience of developing training and supervisory models


Previous Experience - Operational and Human Resources Management

Essential

  • Evidence of successfully holding responsibility for, delivering and being accountable for services that meet local and national targets


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Able to manage a demanding and complex caseload while supporting junior colleagues.
  • High level and well-developed 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 the Trust and across the system.
  • Extensive experience of successfully managing complex and challenging discussions with system partners, including where there may be disagreement about responsibility for care.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Teaching and group facilitation skills.
  • Exceptional and highly effective interpersonal communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development and improvement.
  • Advanced IT skills and the ability to navigate various systems and software packages (such as RiO outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.


Additional requirements

Essential

  • Demonstrates the ability to respond to people's needs sensitively particularly regarding all aspects of diversity
  • Able to work flexibly as required (including on call where relevant) and to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements and duties of the position.


Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Address

Psychology MH Management

University of Reading, Erlegh House, Earley Gate, Whiteknights Road

Reading

RG6 6BZ

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