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Clinical psychologist/Specialist Mental Health Practitioner

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum , pro rata ( Incl of HCAS)
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

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Interview will be held on 16th July 2024

Berkshire Healthcare's vision is to provide the best care in the right place developing and delivering excellent services in local communities with people and their families to improve their health, well-being, and independence. We pride ourselves in recruiting staff who display our values and the right behaviours and work hard to create a culture which respects all of our staff for the unique contribution they make to ensuring high quality care is delivered.

We are offering an exciting opportunity to be to be part of one of the Mental Health in School Teams (MHST) within Berkshire. We are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist/ Specialist Mental Health Practitioner with a committed interest in working in schools to improve outcomes of young people in a new multi-disciplinary Mental Health Schools Team in Wokingham.

This will be in addition to an existing, established MHST, which will increase the number of schools able to access this support across the borough.

The aim of the team is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people in the community. There is a specific focus on developing more access to support and improving the general culture of emotional support within primary and secondary schools. The Mental Health Support Team is fully integrated with community educational settings.

Main duties of the job

  • To develop and deliver a wide range of interventions, complete projects, and support system change.
  • To develop and deliver whole school and whole community approaches to supporting young people's mental health.
  • To work as part of a multi-disciplinary team based within Wokingham Local Authority, which consists of Senior Educational Psychologists, Primary Mental Health Workers, EMP's and Outreach Workers as well as a CAMHS senior clinician based in the existing MHST.
  • To work autonomously and in an integrated way within professional guidelines being responsible for providing specialist mental health assessments of clients referred to the team. You will formulate and implement plans for the formal treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, and implement a range of interventions for individuals, carers, families, and groups within and educational setting.
  • To develop good working relationships with key professionals across the partnership
  • To improve service delivery and develop new ways of supporting early intervention within the wider MHST.
  • To contribute to and support the collection of service outcome data.
  • To contribute to the wider aims of the service through joint working, training and supervision to other professionals and will integrate fully into the MHST.

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

Themust haves for this role:
  • A Professional Clinical Qualification
  • Experience of working in Mental Health services
  • The ability to work autonomously as part of a team located within a local authority setting.
  • You need to be an experienced clinically qualified clinician, with the requisite professional registration who has experience post qualifying within a CAMHS setting. Experience of working independently in the community would be particularly advantageous.

    We are looking for a confident CAMHS professional with a demonstrable track record of providing good quality evidence-based interventions, improving service quality with a strong interest in service development.

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: Michelle Lovesey on 01189046780 or email: 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 degree in Psychology (or equivalent for those who trained before 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with HCPC


  • Relevant post graduate qualification in CAMHS related subject

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuous CPD

Previous Experience


  • Substantial supervision experience.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents and their families across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course 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 working in different cultural contexts.
  • Minimum 4 years' experience working with Children, young people, families and groups in Mental Health setting.
  • Ability to prioritise case referrals, assessment and discharge effectively on an individual basis or within multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of Risk Assessment and Management.
  • Experience of hard to reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of assessment of systemic family processes and an understanding of organisational systems which influence families' experience of services.
  • Experience of working with children and young people using evidence based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), systemic family therapy and other psychological therapies


  • Experience of team and service leadership and improvement.
  • Ability to undertake investigations into complaints, grievances and disciplinary matters as set out in Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience of service improvement
  • Experience of running therapeutic groups
  • ASD Pathway - Relevant training and/or experience in multi-disciplinary assessments of autism spectrum disorders in children and adolescents including training and/or a working knowledge of ADOS (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule), ADI-R or 3Di'.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • Knowledge and skills to assess acute mental health crisis, and deliberate self harm at tier 3 levels.
  • Demonstrates up to date knowledge of legislation and National strategies and requirements for CAMHS.
  • Advanced knowledge and skills in using the complete range of approaches practice as required meeting the needs of different children and young people and settings.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to prioritise case referrals, assess and discharge effectively on an autonomous basis or within the multidisciplinary team.
  • Ability to take clinical responsibility for patient care and treatment.
  • Information technology and word processing skills.
  • Ability to apply evidence based therapeutic interventions.
  • Knowledge of the influences of Parental Mental Health on young people, Domestic Violence, Survivors of Torture


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.

Additional Requirements


  • 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.
  • Ability and willingness to work in a flexible way including working outside of normal hours to facilitate out of hours clinics as required by Commissioners.
  • Able to maintain professional boundaries and conduct.
  • Supportive approach towards colleagues and service users.
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated team player.
  • Able to negotiate, be confident and assertive.
  • Emotional stamina and ability to respond constructively in highly stressful situations where individuals hold very different perspectives and there is a high level of distress, ambiguity and conflict.
  • Competent IT skills and the ability to navigate around various systems and software packages (such as outlook, databases, e.g. RiO MS office and internet
  • Car owner/driver and possess full UK driver's licence or evidence of ability to travel to designated base and other sites.


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Mental Health Support Teams West, Wokingham Hospital


RG41 2RE

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