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B7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Includes 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for a psychologist to join our supportive and innovative Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) Service. We are recruiting to a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist position and it would be an excellent role for a newly qualified psychologist or current band 7 looking to move into EIIP. We are also open to applications from current final year trainees who will be qualifying this year.

The post is full time (37.5 hours), but we can be flexible on this and offer 4 days (30 hours) if this is what the candidate would prefer.

This is an exciting time to be involved in early intervention, with national recognition of the effectiveness of the model leading to plans to expand and enhance the care that we provide. Aptitude for, and preferably experience of, working with people with psychosis and of working in multidisciplinary teams (MDT) are attributes we are particularly interested to see in candidates.

The post is based in our West Surrey & North East Hants Team (based at Unither House, Chertsey, KT16 9FG) The psychologist would be seeing clients largely from the North West Surrey clinical commissioning group (CCG) area (i.e. Staines, Chertsey, Woking), although she/he would also be expected to see some clients in North East Hants and Guildford and Waverley.

Main duties of the job

Our EIIP service are work with people aged between 14 and 65 who have experienced a first episode of psychosis. We seek actively to engage, assess, treat and support people in their recovery. You will need to be able to collaborate closely with your MDT colleagues whilst also retaining the distinctive skills of a psychologist. You will need to be able to work autonomously in visiting clients across a large catchment area.

We are looking for a psychologist who has a keen interest in working with this client group and their families, and in the EIIP model. You will be involved in assessment of clients referred to the team and will provide psychological therapy to clients. You will assist the Senior Psychologist in coordinating referrals to psychology. You will also have the opportunity to provide family interventions and support the team in the provision of this treatment. You will provide consultation to your MDT colleagues in helping inform their practice and you will promote a psychological perspective within the team.

You will be supervised by the Senior Psychologist, Band 8a and you will join part of the therapies team in EIIP which includes the Lead Psychologist, a CBT Therapist and a trainee CBT Therapist. You will also be part of the wider team of psychologists across the Trust in the Working Age Adult Directorate and there will be good opportunities for continuing professional development.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country withing easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

• To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

• To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific needs.

• To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

• To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

• To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

• To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

• To contribute to conducting clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

• To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

• To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

• To contribute to the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

• To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

• To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • A Good honours degree in psychology
  • A recognised postgraduate doctorate in applied psychology e.g. clinical/ counselling or equivalent (or soon to gain this)
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Current practising certificate
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing
  • Further training and qualifications in CBT for psychosis.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course, with presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of teaching and training in psychology
  • Good knowledge of all the traditional models of psychotherapy & the evidence for their use & detailed knowledge of 2 or more of them
  • Specialist understanding of the impact of language, culture, gender, ethnicity & disability in shaping attitudes, abilities & difficulties
  • Specialist understanding of the importance of professional boundaries and how to manage & maintain them
  • Knowledge & understanding of the principles of confidentiality & the Data Protection Act
  • Working knowledge of legislation & its implications for both clinical practice & professional management in relation to the client group & mental health
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of the Care Programme Approach
  • Specialist experience of working with clients with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • Experience of working in a MDT
  • Research experience leading to publication
  • Specialist knowledge of psychometric test construction, development and interpretation

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