Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We would like to appoint an experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in the AMH Neighbourhood Mental Health Services (NMHS) in Worcestershire. We are a pilot site for the ‘Transformation Model’ working in the community considering local need and linking with the community services.

We welcome applications for full or part time working. We provide both face to face and virtual interventions as clinically appropriate. The post is also offered as a development Band 7 role (see separate advert C9798-3288-B7).

The NMHS teams have integrated psychological pathways for individuals with moderate/severe, severe/enduring, psychosis/bipolar and emotionally unstable presentations. The post holder will apply Clinical and Counselling Psychology core values and clinical practice, working with a diverse service user group and with a range of complex mental health needs. They will encourage empowered service users to be active in their own recovery and encourage trauma informed care across the NMHS.

Main duties of the job

The post is integral to the NMHS, working with other psychologists and mental health professionals. They will be a valued member of the psychology provision within the Trust.

They will provide psychological assessments leading to the development of psychological formulations and, if appropriate, individual and/or group interventions.

They will contribute to the development of community-based adult mental health services. This would be in line with key national and local priorities and with local partners. This includes delivering applied psychology ways of working, such as audit of psychological interventions, psychological consultation, facilitating ‘supervision’ and ‘reflective practice’ groups and delivering be-spoke training. This work will endeavor to include more co-produced psychologically and trauma informed service delivery.

They will receive both clinical supervision and line management. Across the service we offer a variety of supervision for evidence-based models and invest in model specific supervision. Priority will be given to personal and professional development.

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

Alongside the Band 8a Job Description and Person Specification. The post holder will also:

• Behave consistently with and promote the values of the trust

• Adhere to HCPC practice guidelines

• Implement the psychology provision guidelines and trust policies

• Evaluate referrals, undertake the assessment, treatment, and management of patients with psychological difficulties with a varying range of complexity and aetiology with reference to clinical need and service capacity

• Meet and maintain targets within the psychology provision

• Use their initiative, be responsible and accountable for providing a systematic psychology service, specialist psychological interventions, clinical and research supervision and training for trainees and other trust staff as agreed with the service lead

• Work with managers and team leaders to develop services and improve quality in consultation with the service lead and be involved with associated meetings and seminars

Person Specification 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 and psychological presentations and physical health difficulties
  • Well-developed psychometric assessment skills
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis, as practiced within the field of Clinical/Counselling Psychology
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 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 Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by 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
Experience Essential
  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the relevant 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
  • Training and experience in the application of psychological knowledge within a number of different specialities.
  • 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
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Experience of strategic planning and service development
  • Experience of teaching and training psychologists in a Clinical/Counselling Psychology doctorate training course
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post
  • Previous publications in either peer reviewed academic or professional journal and/or books

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