Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Pro rata for part time
Closing date
29 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed psychologist to contribute to the development and delivery of community adult mental health services in the city teams in Herefordshire.

  • We welcome applications for full time/part time working
  • There is opportunity for blended working (on site and from home).
  • The post is also offered as a development role (Band 7). Please see separate advert to apply.

Herefordshire is at the forefront of Community Transformation. We have an integrated and inclusive psychological therapies pathway, offering a range of standalone psychological interventions as well as delivering care to those with more complex presentations. We have robust Emotion Regulation and Psychosis Pathways and are central to the development of Trauma Informed Care and promoting Compassionate Leadership across the Trust.

We welcome enquires so please do contact the recruiting manager (details at the top right-hand side of the advert) for informal discussion.

Main duties of the job

The post is integral to the Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Service, working alongside qualified psychologists, psychological therapists and art therapists. New roles include CAPs and MHWBPs.

We emphasise the value of psychological assessment, formulation and consultation early within a service-users’ journey. The post holder will provide specialist individual interventions and contribute to our extensive group programme. You will help to create and sustain more co-produced psychologically and trauma informed environments, across the system of care. You will be actively supported to develop service initiatives in line with key national and local priorities and with local partners.

You will be a valued member of our highly respected psychological service. Across the service we offer a variety of evidence based psychological models and invest in model specific supervision. We value strong, compassionate working relationships and prioritise your personal and professional development.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will:

  • Behave consistently with and promote the values and beliefs of the organisation
  • Use their initiative, be responsible and accountable for providing a systematic psychology service, specialist psychological interventions, clinical and research supervision and training to other health and care staff as agreed with the service lead/manager.
  • Work with managers and team leaders to develop services and improve quality in consultation with the service lead.
  • Participate in national and regional professional speciality meetings and seminars as appropriate
  • Meet and maintain targets within the adult mental health service
  • Evaluate referrals, undertake the assessment, treatment and management of patients with psychological difficulties with a varying range of complexity and aetiology with reference to clinical need and service capacity.

Person Specification Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information.
Qualifications Essential
  • BSc/BA Honours degree at 2:1 or above in psychology
  • Post graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • Evidence of regular continuing professional development through further professional training and experience, as required by the HCPC and the BPS
  • Post qualification training in specific, evidence based techniques for use with clients with complex psychological presentation and/or physical health difficulties, across the age span.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and national guidance and their implication for clinical practice.
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post
Experience Essential
  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Experience of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Significant experience of supervised practice
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to a wide range of patients presenting with a full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for a patients psychological care and treatment
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist within the relevant area.
  • Training and experience in the application of psychological knowledge within a number of different specialities

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