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MBT Clinical or counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£45,753 to £52,067 per annum (Incl. HCAS)
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
Interviews will be held on 11th July 2024

Are you a dedicated psychologist or psychotherapist? If so, we have an incredible opportunity to join our team on a full-time (37.5 hours) basis for one-year fixed-term to provide maternity cover. But it's more than just a job it's an opportunity to make a genuine difference in the lives of adults in Berkshire who are grappling with the challenges of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

Step into a world of compassionate care and innovation as part of our forward-thinking team. You'll be at the forefront of providing evidence-based psychological therapy, with a primary focus on Mentalisation-Based Treatment (MBT).

For Psychologists and Psychotherapists, this role offers the perfect avenue to polish your expertise and expand your horizons. This position isn't just a job it's a chance to grow, learn, and truly make a difference in the world of mental health. Join our team and let your skills and expertise shine as we work together to transform lives through the power of MBT.

Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity - applications are considered on a first come first serve basis - apply today and be part of something extraordinary!

Main duties of the job

  • You will be helping service users who've often endured a lifetime of adversity - abuse, deprivation, and trauma. These individuals grapple with extreme challenges in their relationships, battling issues like emotion management, identity disturbance, impulsiveness, and self-injury.
  • You'll be their guiding light, providing assessment, formulation, and therapeutic intervention based on the latest evidence and our cutting-edge service model.
  • You will be involved in the provision of assessment, formulation & therapeutic intervention to clients referred to the service in line with the most recent evidence and service model.
  • You will work in collaboration with other psychological therapists to deliver specialist psychological interventions to people with Personality Disorders. This will include working individually and in groups.
  • You'll be based in IMPACTT at Erlegh House in Reading and deliver care in a number of premises across Berkshire as required.

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.

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
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities 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:
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology OR post-graduate qualification in adult psychotherapy.
  • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) for psychologists or UKCP for psychotherapists.
  • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services and experience of and interest in working with service users with personality disorders.

  • 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: Sian Williams on: 07890 610471 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 level training in clinical or counselling psychology OR post-graduate qualification in adult psychotherapy
    • Registered and accredited with Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) for psychologists or UKCP for psychotherapists.


    • Specialist experience/training in MBT
    • Eligible for graduate membership of BPS (British Psychology Society) and for Chartered Clinical Psychology status and the Division of Clinical Psychology membership.
    • Post-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    • Supervised practice in psychological therapies.

    Continuous Professional Development


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

    Previous Experience


    • Demonstrable experience of working in mental health services
    • Experience of/ interest in working with service users with personality disorders.
    • Experience of presenting problems throughout the whole life course that reflects the full range of clinical severity
    • Experience with 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 of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of assessing Personality disorders
    • Experience with routine outcome monitoring, audit and clinically related research
    • Experience of teaching as well as experience of developing training programmes and supervision of junior staff

    Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


    • 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.
    • 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
    • Computer literate.


    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

    Additional Requirements


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


    University of Reading - Earley Gate

    Earley Gate


    RG6 6BZ

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