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Recruitment Event - Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Kingsley Green
£45,753 to £51,668 a year per annum, pro rata. Includes High Cost Allowance
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist within the PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment in Hertfordshire) Service. PATH is a specialist service for those experiencing a first episode of psychosis in Hertfordshire.

We are implementing the Access and Waiting Time Standard for early intervention in psychosis (EIP). This standard will make a major difference regarding the provision of quality of care and greatly improve service users ability to recover and lead productive lives. Do you want to be part of this exciting journey?

In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of 1,034 and a maximum payment of £1,791 per annum (pro rata where applicable).

Main duties of the job

You will be a qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with experience in delivering services to people presenting with psychoses. Such experience includes training in working with people presenting with Psychoses or at risk mental states. The post holder will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and be skilled in working with recovery based and collaborative approaches to care planning. Additionally, working flexibly and creatively with people in order to achieve their individual goals. Main responsibilities include good governance of psychological therapies for people with psychosis, providing assessment, therapy, supervision and consultation. An important part of this role is effective data collection to evidence the efficacy of psychological interventions.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Summary:

The PATH (Psychosis: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment inHertfordshire) Service has been developed to provide dedicatedbiopsychosocial care to clients presenting with early intervention needs inpsychosis. The Clinical / Counselling Psychologist will take a central role inproviding modern NICE-based psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for this group of clients. Of equal importance will be the support and supervision of psychologically-informed work of other early intervention staff and there will also be a role to play in the provision of relevant training and consultation. Evaluation and outcome of both the specific psychological interventions and the work of the early intervention service itself will also be central to the role. The role will provide governance of all psychological and psychologically-informed interventions within the service, with support from the Lead Psychologist. On-going service-development and policy work will also be a part of the role.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement,Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct andEquality and Diversity.

We are very keen to offer a bespoke professional development plan with opportunities to further develop the skills of the post holder. Regarding specialist professional development, PATH has close links with other Early Intervention services. The team is part of the East of England Early Intervention in Psychosis Clinical Network. Hence, there are opportunities to meet other EIP professionals outside of the Trust and attend CPD sessions run by the group. For applicants who are keen in wider professional development such as teaching, supervising and conducting research, there will also be such opportunities available. We have established good links with University of Hertfordshire DClinPsy course and Kings College London, Early Intervention in Psychosis MSc programme.

It is anticipated that this post holder will work with people accessing the service within South West Hertfordshire, but there may be a requirement to work more widely across Hertfordshire to develop and deliver the service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist
  • Post-qualification training in assessment and intervention models in one or more of the following: CBT for Psychosis and Family Interventions for Psychosis
  • t least two years' experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with psychotic presentations in a relevant service
  • Current full registration with HCPC
  • Experience of supervising qualified clinical staff from a range of professional backgrounds including HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists
  • Training in risk assessment and management
Experience Essential
  • At least two years' experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with psychotic presentations in a relevant service
  • 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
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including those with physical health conditions and or long term conditions across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well-being
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two evidence based psychological interventions including CBT, Systemic Therapy or Family Interventions
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the fields of Clinical / Counselling Psychology
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
  • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments
  • Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to adult mental health and psychological working in long term conditions
  • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with FEP
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
  • Experience of service development/project management

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