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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year Pro rata for part time
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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This exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Worcestershire Community Eating Disorders (CEDs) Team in response to an expansion of the psychology team in the CAMHS Eating Disorders Service.

The post holder will be working as part of an integrated team and would suit someone who is interested in leading on service improvement, and passionate about helping young people.

This post will be based in Worcestershire offering specialist intervention to children with eating disorders and their families.

This is a Full Time permanent post working 37.5 hours per week.

We are seeking a Psychologist who has clinical experience and expertise in working with children with eating disorders, knowledge and training in the psychological approaches and interventions that help children with eating disorders and experience of undertaking assessments, formulation and interventions.

Psychologists are highly respected by the CEDs team, and there would be ample opportunity to support the team in formulation, contribute to teaching, and work with other professions to improve the early detection of eating difficulties and access to evidence-based interventions.

We offer a bespoke training package and would welcome applicants to contact us to discuss the training offer.

This post has been deemed by the Trust as eligible for relocation expenses which will be applicable for suitable successful candidate.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to;

  • Ensure that psychological services are based on best clinical and professional practice, in accordance with the objectives of the Trust and the Service Delivery Unit.
  • Hold a specialist caseload of patients with complex needs within the relevant clinical area.
  • In collaboration with the Service Lead for Psychological Interventions, develop and support the implementation of psychological interventions and psychologically informed practice within the wider service including the implementation of FREED and development of an ARFID pathway

Candidates should have experience of supervising others, working with families and with young people with complex emotional difficulties and skills in leadership.

There are excellent links with local clinical training courses in Birmingham and Coventry & Warwick Universities, and regular opportunities to supervise trainee psychologists and contribute to training on the training courses.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community nursing services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

As delegated by the Service Lead for Psychological Interventions, take clinical responsibility for ordering, storage and use of ‘restrictive use’ assessment and other clinical materials that require registration with publishers.

Lead on the development of psychological provision within a specific clinical area.

Undertake the assessment, treatment and management of patients referred to the Service/Team.

Provide psychological therapy, where appropriate, making use of a variety of psychological models, as appropriate, with individuals, couples and/or groups.

Provide specialised psychological therapies which require specialist post-qualification experience, supervision and training to acquire the necessary clinical and therapeutic skills and personal resources.

Promote excellent psychological practice by staff in the Team/Service and provide clinical leadership to other professionals who practice psychological approaches and promote a service consistent with the philosophy of person-centred and evidence-based practice.

Undertake risk assessments and risk management of individuals presenting with risk of vulnerability, self-harm and/or risk of physical, sexual or emotional harm to others.

Act as an expert professional resource for other health professionals, the Team/Service.

Provide formulations of the patient’s problems based upon analyses of assessment findings, psychological theory and a range of available psychological and other clinical information.

Supervise Clinical/Counselling Psychology trainees with their doctoral research projects

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc/BA Honours degree at 2:1 or above in Psychology
  • Post-graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Post qualification training/ experience in specific, evidence based techniques for use with clients with complex psychological presentations and/ or physical health difficulties, across the age span
  • Evidence of regular further professional training and experience as required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Practitioner member of the BPS Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role
Experience Essential
  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience working as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the relevant area
  • Experience of leading in relation to the development and organisation of psychological interventions within a given clinical area
  • Sufficient training and experience to be recognised by the Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a suitably
  • qualified psychologist to offer clinical placements to trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologists
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to patients presenting with the full degree of clinical severity and across a range of clinical mental health presentations across the life span and care settings
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Experience of teaching and training psychologists on a Clinical/Counselling Psychology doctorate training course
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of psychological approaches for people with psychological problems including specialised psychological assessments and interventions for patients with complex psychological presentations and physical health conditions
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis, as practiced within the field of Clinical/Counselling Psychology

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