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Specialist MH Practitioner Counselling / Clinical Psychologist

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024
INTERNAL ONLY - This post is open to Berkshire Healthcare NHS Employees Only

Interviews will be held on 23.07.2024.

An excellent opportunity has become available for a Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist to join the Berkshire CAMHS East Specialist Community Team (SCT) covering Bracknell, Slough and RBWM localities. This role is part time.

The Specialist Community Teams provide assessment, therapeutic interventions, and care coordination for children and young people who are experiencing moderate to severe complex mental health difficulties. We work as a close and supportive multidisciplinary team and in partnership with other CAMHS teams and external agencies to provide high quality and holistic mental health care to young people.

The post will involve joining a team of clinicians within our East Specialist Community Team to provide assessments, care-coordination, and evidence-based psychological interventions to young people and their families. As a senior member of the team, the post-holder will support the clinical leadership of the team and will be responsible for supervising junior colleagues, as appropriate. Clinical supervision will be provided as well as support for continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide comprehensive assessments and therapeutic interventions to young people and their families, as appropriate
  • Provide care co-ordination for young people open to the service
  • Independently manage an appropriately sized caseload
  • Use supervision effectively
  • Offer supervision and training to junior colleagues and other agencies as appropriate
  • Work with colleagues to support the clinical leadership of the team
  • Work effectively in a multi-disciplinary team and within a multiagency system
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice
  • Contribute to audit, service development and research, as appropriate
  • Maintain own continuing professional development and contribute to team professional development initiatives

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 3 must haves for you to be considered for this role:

1. Experience of working in CAMHS

2. The ability to manage a complex caseload of patients autonomously.

3. Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites.

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!

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

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please don't hesitate to call: Bharti Kumar on 07815485178 or email: 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



  • Qualified Psychologist (or equivalent for those who trained before 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with HCPC where required


  • Qualifications in research methodology.
  • A supervisory qualification in the relevant professional discipline.
  • Professional qualification in CBT i.e. diploma or equivalent Accreditation with BABCP or ability to work towards the requirements

Continuous Professional Development


  • Evidence of continuous professional development in areas related Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Previous Experience


  • Experience of team and service leadership and improvement.
  • 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.
  • Ability to undertake investigations into complaints, grievances and disciplinary matters as set out in Trust policies and procedures
  • Experience of hard to reach diverse community groups and individuals with emerging complex needs, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and safeguarding.

Previous Experience


  • Experience of service improvement
  • 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of running therapeutic groups

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.
  • 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.
  • Information technology and word processing skills.
  • Ability to apply evidence based therapeutic interventions.

Additional Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • 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.
  • Physical stamina to support clinical caseload which requires intense concentration whilst sitting with client groups or in video screen rooms observing clients for prolonged periods.
  • 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.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Wokingham Hospital

41 Barkham Road


RG41 2RE

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