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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£54,223 to £60,316 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Part Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative and creative HCPC registered psychologist to work with service users with long standing and highly complex needs and who understands the importance in this context of systemic work and consultation.

The post holder will provide consultation and supervision for placement providers where the person is struggling with behaviours that challenge. There will also be opportunity, where appropriate, to offer specialist psychological assessment and formulation, and brief therapy interventions. We are looking for someone with extensive experience of working with adults who have severe and enduring mental health difficulties, co-existing conditions, and who may require specialised programmes of care.

The post holder will be committed to supporting the work of the wider psychology service in seeking to provide a high quality, equitable and culturally competent service.

Main duties of the job

To provide a specialist psychology service to service users referred to the City & Hackney Rehabilitation & Recovery Team. More specifically:
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy, offer advice, supervision, training and consultation on psychological care planning to the team and to other workers connected with the team.
  • To formulate and implement plans for psychological treatment and management of problems faced by client
  • To offer psychological interventions for individual patients, carers and group within and across teams
  • To evaluate and decide on treatment options considering theoretical and therapeutic modes and historical, developmental and cultural processes and systems that have shaped the individual, family and community.
  • To offer consultancy from a psychological perspective to the team and workers offering supported accommodation to CRRT clients
  • Be responsible for recording, monitoring and reporting clinical work and communicating complex information to a variety of recipients
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients as appropriate.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registered with Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees
  • Additional relevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these) to an appropriate level approved by the Head of Psychology and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview
  • Further training in a therapeutic modality/ways of working relevant to complex mental health e.g. trauma, addictions, homelessness, community psychology, assertive outreach
  • Further training in psychometrics and neuropsychological assessment and intervention.
  • Training in trauma informed care. Further training in brief interventions (ACT, CBT, Solution focused therapy)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of work in the NHS.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working as a specialist clinical psychologist in a health setting
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • Experience of working with complex and vulnerable patient groups who may be in acute states of distress e.g. drug and alcohol services, homelessness, refugees, asylum seekers, people diagnosed with 'personality disorder' and psychosis.
  • Experience of project management and leadership
  • Experience of economic evaluation of psychology services
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care/ health services
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of facilitating groups including groups for staff.
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Highly-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Highly-developed skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Highly-developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral-level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation mental health.
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by BPS/ ACP-UK.
  • Competence in advanced IT packages including keyboard skills.

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