Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Bournemouth, Dorset
£40,057 to £45,839 a year p.a.
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to be able to announce that with new mental health transformation funding we will be launching a service aimed at identifying and supporting individuals who are vulnerable to developing psychosis .The service will work alongside those at risk of developing psychosis to create opportunities to develop preventative strategies and support through partnership with local mental health, social care, primary care and third sector agencies. This is a newly commissioned service aiming to recruit supportive, highly skilled, and established professionals. The ARMS service will work closely with Dorset Early Intervention in Psychosis Service and develop and maintain links with other services in Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and the wider community.

We have an interesting and exciting opportunity for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the ARMS team and to deliver a psychologically lead service to people identified as having an At Risk Mental State (ARMS), based in Dorset.

As a specialist mental health service for those with ARMS, the service will be based on NICE-recommended interventions. This will include comprehensive assessment and psychological interventions for psychosis and/or co-existing mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, emerging personality disorder, substance misuse). These activities are often supported with family interventions, care coordination, social prescribing, and education/employment support.

Main duties of the job

Key responsibilities will include offering comprehensive psychological assessment, psychological interventions (with individual clients and their families / support networks), consultation to team colleagues, offering clinical supervision, pursuing audit and research opportunities to enhance the service, offering training for colleagues, and supporting the team in service development where appropriate. You would be expected to work positively and proactively with care coordinators, recovery workers and CBTp therapist within the team.

You will be skilled in working with recovery based and collaborative approaches to care planning, working flexibly and creatively with service users and families to achieve their individual goals. Delivery of a quality service within the ARMS Pathway is a chance to change service users' lives, teaching them the skills to self-manage their difficult experiences and encouraging self-reliance and independence, as well as helping them rebuild their lives. You will be working with people who come with a variety of needs and at various stages of their conditions and recovery.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Person Specification Knowledge, skills and training Essential
  • 2:1 honours degree in Psychology or better / Eligibility for Graduate Membership of BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer or with Statement of Equivalence) as accredited by the BPS or HPC.
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications for Band 7 Psychologist
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation, white papers, etc. and implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to CAMHS
  • Share clinical supervision for trainee and assistant clinical psychologists.
Job specific experience Essential
  • Training to work as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Clinical experience with adult mental health
  • Ability to sit in a restricted position for a substantial proportion of the working time Ability to concentrate intensely for long periods of time Ability to deal with exposure to highly distressing/ emotional circumstances
Information Technology Essential
  • Ability to use a computer and Internet for word processing, keeping electronic notes, spreadsheets, presentations, teaching and information seeking purposes
Personal Qualities/Attributes Essential
  • Ability to communicate highly complex, sensitive information where there may be barriers to understanding or where professional opinions may differ and to form relationships where there may be barriers to these relationships being formed.
  • Need to tolerate working conditions which may be unpleasant and where there is some exposure to vandalism and aggressive incidents.
  • Must be capable of working on own initiative and acting independently
  • Ability to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the analysis, interpretation and comparison of a range of options.
  • Ability to use a range of assessment materials (including psychometric tests). Ability to manipulate test materials that require a high level of speed, accuracy and concentration.
  • Ability to deal with exposure to highly distressing/ emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to hold the stress of others.
Additional Requirements Essential
  • Ability to conduct complex risk assessments and develop appropriate strategies to minimise risk
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the BPS and HPC and working to professional guidelines. Must be capable of working on their own initiative and acting independently
  • Subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, able to travel using own vehicle on Trust business

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