Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,971 to £55,064 a year Includes 5% Fringe HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Our highly regarded perinatal mental health service is expanding, and we have an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled and innovative Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our service in our East locality team. This is a fixed term role for 12 months to cover maternity leave.

The part time role, 22.5 hours, involves providing individual and systemic support to women and their families within the community.

We have excellent training opportunities including opportunities to access specialist training such as EMDR, to develop an area of specialist interest and one’s own style of working. Staff well-being and development are at the heart of our ambitions. We have an active CPD program across the Trust in relation to both clinical and leadership development, as well as a staff resilience hub supporting individuals and teams.

Main duties of the job

The focus will be on delivering formulation based and NICE recommended psychological interventions to women with moderate to severe mental health difficulties who are pregnant or within 24 months of the postnatal period. We offer a range of therapeutic modalities including CBT, EMDR, Systemic Couples therapy, IPT, CFT, and ACT, and this role would be suitable for anyone interested in transgenerational patterns of trauma, attachment and parent and infant mental health.

You will contribute to the supervision, consultation and training of the MDT who consist of highly skilled, and psychologically minded professionals including Psychiatrists, perinatal mental health nurses, social worker, occupational therapist, peer support workers and nursery nurses. We are accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, highlighting the excellent and specialised care provided by the service. Our service aims to provide specialist and early help to parents and babies to help with a range of perinatal mental health issues. We are also involved in shaping trauma informed care in the perinatal period and thinking across wider services.

You will receive regular management and clinical supervision, and reflective practice, and will have support and supervision from the lead psychologist within our well established service. You will be one of a team of three 8a Psychologists working in each of our three teams.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Overview:

· To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the psychological needs of people using our services.

· Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues

· To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism

· To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

· Work collaboratively with team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services

· The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within the service

· Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff

Leading on a specific service development projects

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post)
  • Further training or Formal accreditation or willing to undertake further training in a therapy such as BABCP accreditation, IPT accreditation, EMDR accreditation.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrable post registration experience of working with women in the perinatal period.
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic.
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Experience in delivering teaching / training of psychological knowledge and skills to professionals of another discipline.
  • Experience in psychological approaches to support emotional adjustment during pregnancy and in the two year perinatal period after birth.
  • Experience of providing consultation and advice in a range of settings.

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