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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum (Incl. HCAS). pro rata for part time
Closing date
29 Jun 2024

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Are you an experienced Clinical Psychologist looking fora new, rewarding career working alongside a fantastically supportive team?

Would you like to work for a Trust who prioritise staff wellbeing, within a teamwho consistently rate their job satisfaction highly?

We are currently looking for an experienced psychologist to join our very well-established Adult Eating Disorders Service team based at St Marks in Maidenhead.

As a Psychologist in our team you will play an important role in the provision of a highly specialist psychological therapy service. You will provide specialist psychological assessments, care planning and a range of evidence-based psychological interventions to individuals and their families. You will work one to one with our patients but also provide group-focused psychological interventions to support the recovery of people with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and co-existing conditions and mental health difficulties.

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team and with professionals across agencies this role will provide you with a lot of variety in your day-to-day work. You will primarily be based at either St Marks Hospital in Maidenhead or in our NHS site at the University of Reading campus.

As a service we are very committed to the development of our staff and offer both internal and external training opportunities.

The role is Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and we are open to both full and part time applicants.

Main duties of the job

  • Work as part of BEDS Adult team, providing specialist assessments, develop comprehensive formulations and therapeutic intervention to clients referred to the service in line with most recent evidence and service models
  • Participate in and provide regular supervision
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of psychological interventions in the service, consisting of both group and individual treatments
  • Use a broad theoretical knowledge base and specialist clinical skills to develop and support the psychological skills of less experienced staff members (assistant psychologists and members of other staff groups) via the development and delivery of teaching, training, supervision, support and consultation
  • Liaise and work closely with community, inpatient, crisis teams and other internal and external teams/services, providing consultation and joint working as required to best meet the needs of the client group, support recovery and manage risk

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. Hear what our people say about working for our CAMHS service:]

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

The must haves for this role:
  • HCPC registered Psychologist with a doctorate in counselling or clinical psychology
  • Good knowledge of psychological models relevant to eating disorders
  • Previous experience working in a mental health setting
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time to work flexibly in response to service demand

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 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



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Registered and accredited with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical Psychology status and membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology


  • Specialist experience/training in eating disorders.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology/ psychotherapy

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the professional body.
  • Staying up to date with evidence based practice in relevant field.

Previous Experience


  • Will usually have at least two years demonstrable post-qualification experience and interest of working in mental health services with multidisciplinary teams / multi-agency environment.
  • Experience of working with presenting problems throughout whole life course that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of services (and working as part of multi-disciplinary teams internal and external to the organisation) across a wide variety of patient groups, throughout the whole life course and with service users with cases of a high degree of complexity
  • Experience of managing highly complex situations concerning safeguarding and risk management.
  • Experience of delivering agreed/specified service targets and effective time management in a busy and demanding environment.
  • Experience with routine outcome monitoring, audit and clinically related research


  • Experience of assessments and comprehensive formulation for Eating Disorder difficulties
  • Experience of working with service users with eating disorders
  • Experience of the application of psychology/ psychotherapy in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of teaching as well as experience of developing training programmes and delivering supervision of junior staff

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Exceptional interpersonal and highly effective communication skills with the ability to support, engage and lead patients, clinicians and other stakeholder groups in change, development and improvement.
  • Skills in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, 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.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, 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.
  • Well skilled in being able to establish rapport and build relationships with clients and carers. Ability to relate well to professional colleagues and to build and maintain effective working relationships within all levels of the organisation
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time and to work flexibly across teams and sites in response to service demands.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of mental health issues and presentations and knowledge of child protection/ safeguarding issues and other relevant legislation
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Exceptional IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as RiO, Outlook, databases, MS office and the internet)


  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post
  • Ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the position

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


St Marks Hospital

112 St Marks Road



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