Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum inclu of (Outer)
Closing date
21 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a Clinical Psychologists/ Counselling Psychologist with experience of working with adults with a range of mental health difficulties to join our dedicated and supportive Primary Care Mental Health Service in Kingston. You will be part of a well-established, successful service providing assessment and psychological interventions in primary care settings.

The service aim is to provide specialist support to primary care so that more people with complex mental health problems, including co-morbidities, can be managed in primary care, rather than being seen in secondary care services. This would include working with people who are difficult for primary care teams to manage, but do not meet thresholds for or find it difficult to access specialist, secondary care mental health services and who are not appropriate for IAPT services.

The post-holder will work at Kingston Primary Care Mental Health Team (PCMHT, a service providing mental health support to Kingston GP Practices). The post-holder will provide psychological assessment, treatment and offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to referrers, non-psychological colleagues and other, non-professional carers. You will act as coordinator of the service to designated GP practices and supervise designated staff in a sector of the service.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will help lead the implementation of primary care group interventions for people with personality disorder. You will be delivering the STEPPS intervention and Group Clinical interventions for people with Borderline Personality Disorder within Primary Care. You will also offer supervision to Apprentice Associate Psychologist and advice, consultation and training to other clinical colleagues as well as having the opportunity to contribute towards shaping and developing our service in partnership with our service users.

The post holder will be enthusiastic, committed and skilled clinicians who can work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team, to provide a range of clinical services and have experience of working with service users with complex mental health and behavioural needs; additionally to be familiar with the needs of a diverse BAME community.

About us

At Camden and Islington NHS foundation trust our staff and service users have worked closely to create a set of values that make sure people who use our services get the best possible chance of a rapid recovery.

We have 3 key priorities which are:
  • Early and Effective Intervention,
  • Helping People to Live Well
  • Research and Innovation

The cultural pillars that help us achieve our key priorities are:
  • We value each other
  • We are empowered
  • We keep things simple
  • We are connected

By coming to work at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust you will be joining a Trust with a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of the role, please refer to the Job Description attached.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Post-graduate doctoral level qualification in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or British Psychological Society Statement of Equivalence.
  • Current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a clinical psychologist or a counselling psychologist.
  • Completion of further post-doctoral postqualification specialist training in one of: Psychologically informed Consultation and Training, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or other areas of practice relevant to the post.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of service users with a wide range of disorders and their comorbidities in secondary mental health setting.
  • Experience of working in a Primary Care Setting.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service users, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity evident in populations with psychosis.
  • Significant post-qualification experience working with service users with personality disorders.
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of a range of methods of psychological assessment (including psychometric tests), intervention and management for the full range of problems of severity and complexity presented in adult mental health.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis as practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the clinical area where the post has designated special responsibilities.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • required by the Health and Care Professions Council and British Psychological Society.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to form good working relationships with others in a multidisciplinary setting
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice.
essential Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service users, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity evident in populations with psychosis.

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