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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience pa, pro-rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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0.60 WTE ( 22.5 hours per week) CMHT &/ or 0.4 WTE (15 hours per week) Emotional Regulation Pathway (ERP)

We need enthusiastic and forward-thinking Clinical or Counselling Psychologists for our evolving 'Living Well' CMHTs in Derbyshire to work with Primary Care, Social Care and VCSEs in line with CMHF NHS-England guidance. This is a transformational time for us in developing trauma-informed care in our CMHTs and Psychology has a pivotal role.

We will provide relocation costs for the right candidate.

Please do get in touch to discuss options. Our posts are available at Band 7 or 8a depending on experience with progression by appraisal. We are flexible in creating mutually agreeable job plans e.g. opportunities for working into specialisms such as the growing physical health or sexual health psychology services. Please state preferences for location, job mix and banding in 'Supporting Information'.

Main duties of the job

We want Derbyshire to be a community that cares for and supports each other so that people flourish, feel connected and empowered to pursue their aspirations.

Your role will be to provide individual and group clinical work jointly with your CMHT/ ERP colleagues. You will be a key member of the multidisciplinary CMHT and combine direct individual and group clinical work with promoting psychological ideas by offering advice and consultation, supervision and training to colleagues and practitioners in the wider organisation. You will contribute to service evaluation and development.

We support and develop our staff to work with complexity, for example, by access to training resources to support your work with complex trauma and dissociation. We offer specialist clinical supervision 1:1 or in facilitated groups e.g. CFT, complex dissociation. You will join us at an exciting time for Psychological Services where we are making great progress in providing trauma-informed care throughout the Trust.

About us

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, our Psychologists report feeling valued and supported by management in a service focused on staff well-being and service transformation. You will work alongside other Psychologists in our supportive and friendly department and be well supported in CPD opportunities. You will need to be registered with HCPC (or eligible for registration on qualification), eligible for BPS Chartership and must be able to meet the post's travel requirements

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working wherever possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and well-being opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description Job responsibilities

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We have excellent opportunities to further develop specialist skills. We have clinicians with training and experience in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. ISTDP, MBT, ACT, CFT, Systemic, CAT, EMDR). There are multiple opportunities for peer support, specialist supervision (eg therapy models, dissociation, EMDR, neuropsychology) and regular CPD events. We are well-connected to local Clinical Psychology Training for placements and teaching

'Living Well' is a new way of working across the whole system to provide person-centred, holistic, and community-based care. Through our partnerships with voluntary and statutory organisations, we are creating new teams, networks, and community support. This is part of the NHS-England CMHF developments.

The 'ERP' is a new trauma-informed, evidence-based and psychology-led pathway providing specialist assessment and treatment services for people with significant emotion regulation, impulsivity and relationship difficulties who may attract a diagnosis of personality disorder. ERP roles are likely to include, but not exclusive to: co-facilitating Structured Clinical Management and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy groupwork; providing specialist individual therapy (using DBT or other approach) to a small caseload; providing supervision and training to multi-disciplinary ERP practitioners and the wider organisation; and contributing to service development within the ERP.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Good Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above). Eligibility for Graduate membership of B.P.S.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the B.P.S./HCPC
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist by the HCPC
  • Eligible for Chartered status of B.P.S.
  • Post qualification training in supervision of other psychologists
  • post qualification specialist training/experience of assessment/intervention for people with complex mental health problems (1-2 points relevant to experience/evidence of this)
  • Post qualification training in a therapy model (score 2 points if completed, 1 point if in process of training)
  • Chartered status with BPS
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with clients across a variety of settings (1-2 points depending on experience/evidence)
  • Commitment to developing specialist area of expertise relevant to the post through significant training, personal study etc (1-2 points depending on experience/evidence)
  • Expertise and interest in specialist area relevant to adult mental health (1-2 points depending on experience)
  • Training and interest in DBT framework (1-2 points depending on experience)
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Very high level of interpersonal and communication skills enabling written and oral presentation and receipt of complex and sensitive information, to facilitate acceptance, and relate effectively in an emotive and hostile environment (1-2 points depending on experience/evidence)
  • Ability to process text, set up and use databases and spreadsheets
Personal Essential
  • Enthusiasm for psychology in relation to MH Problems. Interest in developing/consolidating skills in working with complex trauma and associated diagnoses (1-2 points dependent on experience/evidence)
Other Essential
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post

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