Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Development post

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We would like to appoint a 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 community services.

The development role starts on Band 7 moving to Band 8a on successful completion of a development plan. We welcome applications for full/part time working. We provide face to face and virtual interventions as clinically appropriate.

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.

As a development role, supported personal and professional development will be a priority.

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

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.

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 contributing to the applied psychology ways of working as appropriate. This work will endeavor to include more co-produced psychologically and trauma informed service delivery.

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

The development role would commence on a Band 7 moving to Band 8a on successful completion of the development plan. Copies of both job descriptions are included in the supporting documents.

Alongside the Band 7 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

Person Specification 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
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 BPS
  • Evidence of regular continuing professional development through further professional training and experience, as required by the
  • HCPC and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of psychological approaches and assessment for people with psychological problems, including specialised psychological assessments and interventions
  • Evidence of regular professional training and experience as required by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) in order to maintain exceptionally specialist skills in psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and national guidance and their implications for clinical practice
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including the use and limitations of complex multivariate data analysis and qualitative methods as practiced within the field of Clinical /Counselling Psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Experience of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Significant experience of supervised practice including working with families and care organisations
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to a wide range of patients presenting with a full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for a patients psychological care and treatment
  • Experience in appropriate and up to date methods in dealing with patients who may be very distressed, have cognitive impairment, may be aggressive, or have a history of developmental trauma
  • Experience of strategic planning and service development
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to trainees, assistant psychologists and/or other professionals

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