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Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Employer
Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
Location
Reading
Salary
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl. of HCAS)
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Interviews will be held on 29 July 2024.

We are looking for a motivated Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service (BTSS). BTSS is a specialist service providing assessment and treatment for adults with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

You will provide a specialist clinical psychology service for clients of the Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service, experiencing symptoms/difficulties consistent with PTSD and/or C-PTSD. This will involve specialist and expert psychological assessment, formulation and treatment (trauma focused CBT, EMDR, NET and compassion focussed therapy, in both group and individual formats), as well as, offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to multidisciplinary mental health staff, IAPT clinicians and other, non-professional carers.

You will be part of a dedicated and friendly team of psychologists committed to providing the best care for traumatised individuals.

You will be based at Erlegh House on the University of Reading. The location has plenty of car parking, access to green spaces and local shops and restaurants.

We offer a blended model of delivery including face to face and online working from our well-resourced clinic space or from home when appropriate.

Main duties of the job

1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the BTSS based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's PTSD and complex PTSD based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence based practice.

3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals and groups, within NICE guidance and evidence-based practice.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual's presentation.

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 you to be considered for this role:
  • Holder of HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychology qualification
  • OR Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in final year with pending qualification and HCPC registration on completion of degree.
  • Evidence of working with people who have experienced common mental health problems, across the lifespan and from different cultures.
  • Evidence of experience of working with traumatised people including those with PTSD and C-PTSD
  • Evidence of specialist skills in treating PTSD and trauma related psychological distress within the NICE guidelines

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 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 Sarah Lack on 0118 904 7111 or email: sarah.lack@berkshire.nhs.uk 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.

Person Specification

Education/Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • Holder of HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychology qualification OR Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in final year with pending qualification and HCPC registration on completion of degree.
  • Training in evidence-based psychological therapy for PTSD


Desirable

  • Psychology degree
  • Post graduate certificate in evidence based psychological treatments and eligible for BABCP accreditation


Previous Experience

Essential

  • Evidence of working with people who have experienced common mental health problems, across the lifespan and from different cultures.
  • Evidence of experience of working with traumatised people including those with PTSD and C-PTSD
  • Evidence of developing professional relationships with community agencies.


Desirable

  • Experience of other models of trauma-focussed therapy including NET and compassion-focussed therapy
  • Experience of running therapeutic groups
  • Experience of designing and disseminating teaching and training
  • Experience of working in Primary Care Services
  • Experience of working in the local community
  • Experience of service development, research and service evaluation
  • Evidence of providing specialist consultation and liaison with other services, including non-psychologists, third sector organisations, service users and carers.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Essential

  • Evidence of specialist skills in treating PTSD and trauma related psychological distress within the NICE guidelines
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including telephone skills
  • Received training on assessment/management of risk and carried out risk assessments within scope of practice
  • Is computer literate
  • Demonstrates an understanding of common mental health difficulties and social care needs.
  • Evidence of specialist skills in evidence-based therapy including CBT and/or EMDR and ability to evaluate theory and put into practice
  • Able to develop good therapeutic relationships with clients
  • High level of enthusiasm and motivation for working with people with PTSD and C-PTSD
  • Ability to work within a team and foster good working relationships
  • Ability to use clinical supervision and personal development positively and effectively
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality
  • Ability to be self-reflective, whilst working with service users, in own personal and professional development and in supervision
  • Ability to manage own caseload and time


Additional Requirements

Desirable

  • Willingness to travel to locations throughout the organisation


Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Address

University of Reading, Erlegh House

Earley Gate, Whiteknights Campus

Reading

RG6 6BZ

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