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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Trauma

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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8a Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Trauma
  • Job Overview:

  • We are pleased to be recruiting to an 8a Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist post (0.8 wte) with a specialist trauma role (PTSD and Complex PTSD). The successful candidate will work alongside other members of a large, supportive and cohesive multi-orientation, psychological therapies team and closely with other professional colleagues in secondary care adult services.

    Development opportunities: The Trust provides access to a wide range of CPD opportunities and all staff are encouraged to undertake development opportunities and activities relevant to their post. As a multi-modality team there are opportunities for learning and development alongside other modalities.

    Main duties of the job

    The successful applicant will work alongside other Clinical/Counselling Psychologists delivering specialist interventions primarily using CBT, and the caseload will include dedicated sessions for working with Complex PTSD/PTSD presentations using trauma focussed CBT, EMDR or NET. A significant proportion of the team's referrals are for complex PTSD (including refugees and asylum seekers) as well as complex trauma presentations. In addition to assessing and treatment, all team members offer consultation and undertake work to support the work of colleagues in the CMHTs, which each staff member supporting a specific team.

    Flexible working:

    As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. The role involves clinical working between the hours of 9 to 5pm, and the essential team day is on Wednesdays. The majority of clinical work is delivered face-to-face. There is some capacity for virtual working but this may change over time.

    About us

    About Us:

    The team provides assessment, consultation and psychological therapy for adults with complex mental health difficulties across the Borough of Croydon. It comprises a dedicated and well-established team of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and Psychotherapists in Cognitive Analytic Therapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy providing therapy as well as working closely with CMHTS, linking in to provide consultation, reflective practice, teaching, supervision and co-working.

    About our locations:

    The team is based in central Croydon (Jeanette Wallace House) and face-to-face sessions are provided at this base and at other Croydon sites.

    Croydon (Jeanette Wallace House)

    CIPTS is based at Jeanette Wallace House, close to the vibrant Croydon high-street that offers fantastic shopping opportunities and a wide range of restaurants. It is within walking distance to East Croydon overland station with quick links to London. There are good bus, rail and tram links. There is no parking at Jeanette Wallace House.

    Bethlem Royal Hospital

    Bethlem Royal Hospital is based in a beautiful setting in over 200 acres of green space in the London Borough of Bromley, South East London. The hospital has easy access to nearby main roads and have offers free parking. The site is within walking distance from of Eden Park and West Wickham overland stations.

    Job description Job responsibilities

    • To provide a highly specialist psychology service specialising in trauma work to CIPTS including; specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
    • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
    • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a specialist in adult secondary care mental health, PTSD and Complex PTSD.
    • To undertake liaison work with a dedicated CMHT as needed including consultation.
    • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
    • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
    • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or equivalent) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration
    • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC
    • Additional training in EMDR or Narrative Exposure Therapy
    • Additional practitioner qualification in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
    • Training in clinical supervision
    Experience Essential
    • Evidence of having worked as a clinical psychologist under supervision in Adult Mental Health secondary care services
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs, including PTSD and Complex PTSD, of a complex nature in Adult Mental Health secondary care services
    • Experience of supervising others, such as assistant or trainee psychologists
    • Experience of working with interpreters
    • Experience of working with refugees and asylum seekers
    • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects
    Knowledge Essential
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions for mood, anxiety and personality disorders including PTSD and Complex PTSD

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