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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
whiteleaf centre, Aylesbury
£47,126 - £53,219 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting new post created within our Psychological therapies team as part of our transformation of care for people with Serious Mental Illness under the Community Mental Health Framework. You will be working as part of the new integrated primary and community mental health service linking Community Mental Health Teams and Primary Care Networks. Your focus will be on working with people with personality disorder in the early steps of the personality disorder pathway.

We wish to appoint a Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide psychological assessments and interventions for adults with severe and/or complex mental health problems, their families and carers.

We also welcome applications from Clinical/Counselling Psychologists who are either recently qualified or due to qualify in Autumn 2022 who can be appointed to a band 7 development post. The development post (previously known as a preceptorship) provides an opportunity for newly qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists to be supported to develop their skills across the core dimensions of therapy, supervision, team work and leadership, with a view to being eligible for future promotion to the 8a post in the service. In addition we would consider applications from psychological therapists, including CBT therapists, who are able to demonstrate they meet the competencies of the job description and person specification.

You should be able to demonstrate your use of evidence-based practice in specialist adult mental health settings, including competence in cognitive-behavioural and third wave approaches. If not already, you will be willing to work towards accreditation with an accrediting body such as BABCP, SfDBT or ACAT, for which you will be fully supported.

As a member of Specialist Psychological Therapies you will work closely with colleagues in our adult mental health community and in-patient teams. You will also liaise with and support psychological therapists working at earlier steps in the Buckinghamshire Psychological Therapies Pathway. You will work with the Clinical Lead, Locality Leads, Team Manager and your team to ensure that the Buckinghamshire Psychological Therapies Pathway achieves its key objectives of delivering integrated, safe, accessible, responsive, effective and caring services to people in Buckinghamshire. You will ensure the service you provide is of a high quality and meets national guidance as well as meeting local and nationally agreed targets.

You will join our established, friendly and supportive team of psychologists and psychotherapists which is part of the wider Buckinghamshire Psychological Therapies Pathway. The Buckinghamshire Psychological Therapies Pathway has over 120 staff including clinical and counselling psychologists, CBT therapists, and psychotherapists providing a wide range of evidence-based and innovative psychological therapies. The post will be attractive to clinical or counselling psychologists with an interest in working with people with severe and/or complex mental health problems. You will receive expert clinical supervision and will have access to a wide range of CPD activities. There are excellent opportunities for service development, service evaluation/research and teaching/training.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name: Anne Schmidt, Job title: Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Joint North Locality Lead

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