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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are pleased to be able to offer this exciting opportunity for an experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist. This is a new post in an established psychological therapies team, which is fully embedded within a multi-disciplinary Adult Community Mental Health Service.

This is a full time 8b position, located primarily within the team base at Hitchin, although post holder will be working as part of a team providing psychological services across North Hertfordshire.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for individuals with a broad range of presenting difficulties. As a senior clinician within the team, the post holder will be expected to provide supervision to junior colleagues and trainees on placement, as well as providing consultation to the wider team. You will also be expected to support clinical governance within the service through routine data collection and management, as well as contribute to service evaluation and development. You will have access to regular supervision and CPD opportunities and will be supported to develop professionally.

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 the Care 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

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree in psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • 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.
  • At least four years full-time post-registration experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • Full registration with Health Professions Council
  • Experience in neuropsychological assessment
  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adults of working age with a wide range of presentations of varying severity. Typically this would involve a minimum of four years experience with 2 years at highly specialist level, or its equivalent demonstrated through CV and interview.
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems, including: medically unexplained symptoms, physical health problems, and personality difficulties.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision, including supervision of clinical psychology trainee(s).
  • Experience working within a multidisciplinary therapy service.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management with clients with complex problems, including specialised psychological interventions for difficult to treat groups (eg multiple mental health and/or physical health problems). Ability to demonstrate an area of special interest/skill in assessment, therapeutic intervention or research/evaluation.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively and well, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, caress and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
Skills Essential
  • Able to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment and also as a lone worker in circumstances where there may be exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression.
  • Ability to work and communicate highly sensitive, contentious information effectively in a highly emotive or hostile atmosphere, and to overcome barriers to acceptance/psychological resistance to potentially threatening information.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

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