Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £58,186 a year pa inc. pro-rata
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are pleased to advertise an exciting opportunity for a newly qualified/established Clinical Psychologist wanting to develop a broad range of skills and experience in a supportive team environment.Whilst primarily based within our OPMH CMHT, the post can be tailored according to the interest of the post-holder.

ThisBand 7role is apreceptorshipfor new/recently qualified Clinical Psychologists. Successful candidates will be able to progress to aBand 8arole within18-24 monthsof appointment/post-qualification, on the condition of meeting a range of competencies (see attached document for further information).

The OPMH Psychological Therapy Team offers a broad range of evidence based psychological interventions and support to all OPMH services, including our community, memory and acute and crisis services. The successful candidate will join well-established, friendly multi-disciplinary teams including professionals from psychiatry, nursing, social work, occupational therapy and admin alongside well-regarded psychological therapists.

Psychological Therapies are highly valued across Oxleas and we are well supported by Board level professional representation. The collaborative culture across Oxleas supports and enables cross-service initiatives and professional development opportunities, and we have an excellent reputation for providing and supporting CPD.

Main duties of the job

Based at the Bexleyheath Centre, Bexleyheath with on-site parking, a 2 minute walk from a lovely cafe for coffee/lunch and 10 minutes walk to the vibrant town centre.

The postholder will provide a comprehensive assessment and therapy service, including neuropsychological assessment, individual, family and group therapy for service users and carers, as well as contributing to the therapeutic functions of the teams including training, supervision, consultation and psychological formulation. The postholder will be professionally accountable to the OPMH Head of Psychological Therapies, and specialist clinical supervision will be provided within the Bexley service. They will also be supported by the CMHT and Memory Service team managers.

We encourage research and audit interests, including co-producing research with our service users through our strong, co-led, Research-Net group. Supervision and CPD is prioritised in the Trust with a range of training and specialist supervision opportunities available, as well as a newly qualified CPD programme. The Trust Psychological Therapists boast a variety of therapeutic skills including group analysis, psychotherapy, MBT, CBT, DBT, EMDR, art and family therapy and neuropsychology. We welcome students across professions to support the next generation of clinical staff. The successful candidate will be encouraged to consolidate and develop their skills and expertise in a friendly, supportive multi-professional, multi-agency context.

About us

Oxleas - About Us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people living in South East London and Kent and to people in prison. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,000 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, children's centres, schools and people's homes. We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations across the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent and manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital in Woolwich as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are one of the largest providers of prison health services providing healthcare to prisoners across Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're Fair
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Please note that Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust operate a probationary period. Further details are available on request.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for further information.

Main Duties of The Post:
  • To provide evidence-based specialist psychological assessments, formulate and implement plans for psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems/ dementia, across the full range of care settings
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation and treatment plan
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management


1.To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to OPMH teams based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources

2.To formulate and implement plans for formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients dementia/ mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence

3.To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations

4.To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group

5.To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans

6.To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan

7.To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework or understanding and care to the benefit of all clients or the service, across all the settings and agencies

8.To undertake risk assessment and management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management

9.To act as lead professional, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care


1.To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of care

Teaching, training and supervision

1.To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist and where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues

2.To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of psychology

3.To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work

4.To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and , to contribute to the supervision of trainee psychologists

5.To contribute to the pre and post qualification teaching of relevant healthcare staff

Research and service evaluation

1.To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in your work

2.To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research

3.To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation

IT Responsibilities

1.To be proficient in the use of IT for email, intranet, recording and monitoring purposes

2.To be familiar with word processing, database and statistical packages, and to use such packages for complex data analysis as necessary. To use appropriate computer software for clinical or other service-related documents

Management and Leadership

1.Contributing to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service and evaluation and audit

2.Advising both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing

3.Management of assistant, graduate and trainee psychologists, including managing workload and implementing appropriate HR policies

4.Being involved in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/graduate psychologists or other staff members

5.Leading initiatives to support and develop the service eg contributing to the facilitation of away days or supervising non-psychological therapy staff


1.To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes

2.To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision l and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field

3.To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the, HCPC, British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

4.To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both dementia and to mental health.

To be noted

The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relation to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

Person Specification:

Professional Qualifications

  • Current HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist.
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometric and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS

  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • Some experience of working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • 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 teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working in older peoples mental health services, and in particular with people with dementia and their carers

Knowledge and Skills

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • 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
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Sound understanding of the principles and ethics neuropsychological assessment
  • Ability to use outcome measures and integrate these into therapy

  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and their application in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities, dementia etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies and their application within the care group.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health and dementia.
  • Knowledge of the impact of severe

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