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Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

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

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Part time role: 3 days a week

There will also be opportunity for agile working, including options for home working.

Interviews will be held on 30th July 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join the Berkshire Healthcare Children and Young Persons Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EIP) which is team operating within the wider Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). The CYP EIP service serves all of Berkshire, and we are seeking a clinician who is passionate about working with children and young people with complex presentations, who is also interested in wider service development initiatives and being part of a multidisciplinary team.

We are a specialist service working with individuals experiencing a first episode of psychosis (FEP) or who are presenting with an at-risk mental state (ARMS), working with children and young people under 18 years old.

Main duties of the job

  • Clinical Assessment: Conduct increasingly specialist assessments to understand a service user's presenting difficulties and/or the systemic issues present.
  • Treatment Planning: Develop individualised specialised treatment plans based on assessment findings and service user needs, in collaboration with service users, to support their recovery and/or support with behaviours that challenge.
  • Therapeutic Interventions: Develop anddeliver evidence based therapeutic interventions using a range of psychological techniques and modalities, including CBT/CBTp
  • Collaboration: Collaborate with multi-disciplinary team clinicians and multi-agency representatives in the delivery of holistic client care, leading this where appropriate.
  • Supervision and Training: Provide supervision and mentorship to clinicians and trainees contributing to their professional development and improving the quality of the treatment provided.
  • Research, Audit and Service Development: Lead on and undertake audit and research and service development activities and participate in quality improvement initiatives to enhance the overall effectiveness of clinical services.

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

Job description

Job responsibilities

The 4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology and registration with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Evidence of post-qualification training, experience within a CAMHS setting and expert knowledge of multiple psychological models and interventions
  • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environments
  • Experience of supervision and of positively influencing team practice

  • 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 contact Fiona Carey, Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies, CAMHS by 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



    • Post graduate doctoral qualification in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996 or for those who completed their training overseas) which provides eligibility for Chartered Membership of British Psychological Society (BPS)
    • Registered and accredited with the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist
    • Additional accreditations (or working towards these) to reflect post qualification specialist training (e.g., BABCP, BACP, UKCP, ACAT, BPS).

    Continuous Professional Development


    • Evidence of post-qualification training and expert knowledge in multiple psychological models and therapeutic approaches. Having a robust awareness of the current evidence-base and new developments within the area of specialism
    • Training in clinical supervision.
    • Evidenced post qualification training and expert knowledge in working with people with psychosis.


    • Post graduate qualification in cognitive behavioural therapy for people with psychosis is desirable.



    • Demonstratable post qualification experience working as a qualified psychologist
    • Experience of working in evidence-based ways with services users (and their carers/families) presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of settings. Also having the ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Experience of dealing with highly distressing or emotional circumstances, such as serious mental illness, child and sexual abuse, exploitation and complex family dynamics.
    • Experience of delivering interventions across different modalities (e.g. individual, group and systemic-based approaches).
    • Experience of working effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and multi-agency environments.
    • Experience of supervision and/or mentoring and ability to offer effective supervision to junior staff.
    • Experience of developing and delivering teaching to a range of staff groups
    • Experience of service development and carrying out clinical audit, evaluative research and applying the findings.
    • Experience of service evaluation and implementing change from a national and local health or social care change agenda that impacts across services and professions.
    • Experience of working with and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working with diversity, multiculturalism, and equality of access to service.


    • Experience of working with young people with psychosis

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • Well-developed verbal and written communication skills enabling the sensitive communication of complex, technical and/or sensitive information to multiple stakeholders.
    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to support, influence and engage with clinicians, stakeholders and service users to create change and improvement.
    • The ability and skills to act as an advocate for the service, to engage and foster good professional relationships with all health professionals in promoting the good integration of this service with the wider health care system.
    • Exceptional IT skills and the ability to navigate various systems and software packages (such as RiO, Outlook, databases, MS Office/Teams, One Consultation and the Internet).

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to travel across sites in Berkshire and beyond as required
    • Able to work flexibly as required and to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements and duties of the position

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust




    RG41 2RE

    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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