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Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist & Lead

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
South Oxfordshire
£67,064 to £77,274 a year per annum | pro-rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for an experienced Consultant Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist and Locality Lead to join our team. This is a key role for the continued development of psychological therapies within the integrated Adult Mental Health Teams (AMHTs) in Oxfordshire.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with extensive clinical experience, providing clinical leadership, service development, supervision and management.

You will work closely with other senior psychological therapists and the Clinical and Professional Lead to develop and deliver the service model in the South Oxfordshire AMHT.

You will hold a small clinical caseload and will essential services, which as offering clinical supervision and line management to psychological therapists within the locality.

We really want to hear from you if you have the skills required for this role.

About us

We offer great CPD and training opportunities, have excellent links with the Oxford Centre for Psychological Health that includes Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy (OCTC) and Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training, which is hosted by the Trust. We actively encourage innovation and research with opportunities for collaborations with University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology. We also collaborate with Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University.

We provide excellent accredited supervision by senior therapists to help you consolidate your therapy skills in a focused and supported way, monthly opportunities to meet psychological therapy colleagues from across the county for reflective practice groups and clinical updates.

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Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

In this role, you will be providing clinical leadership for psychological therapy within the locality Adult Mental Health Team (AMHT) and ensuring the systematic provision of high-quality evidence-based specialist psychological therapies to adults across the services within the locality. You will initiate and implement policy and service development changes within the locality as directed by the Professional & Clinical Lead for Adult and Older Adult Psychological Therapies and work with the AMHT Team Manager and key clinical staff in the locality team in the delivery of a stepped care approach to psychological therapies.

You'll play an essential role in providing clinical and professional supervision and support to other psychological therapy staff within the service as well as providing line management to psychological therapy staff, assistant psychologists and trainee psychological therapists.

You'll provide expert consultation, teaching and supervision for members of the integrated locality team, trainee therapists and other disciplines as agreed with the line manager.

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology (or equivalent training in Counselling Psychology with evidence of specific experience of an adult client group and neuropsychology assessment skills).
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Registration as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Training and experience in supervision of qualified staff.
  • BABCP accreditation/eligibility
Experience Essential
  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified principal clinical psychologist, including at significant post qualification experience within the designated specialty where the post is located.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settingsincluding maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified psychological therapist and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision of professional and clinical staff
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty.
  • Experience of collaborating with service users and carers in the development or review of service provision.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality Disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and severely challenging behaviours etc.)
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.

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