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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year plus HCAS
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Exciting opportunity for Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in the Hammersmith and Fulham Early Intervention for Psychosis Team, West London NHS Trust

We are looking for an enthusiastic and innovative Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in the Early Intervention for Psychosis team based at 179-183 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith.

The post involves providing psychological assessments and treatment to service users aged 14 - 65 who have experienced their first episode of psychosis within the context of a community multi-disciplinary team. The role involves providing NICE recommended psychological treatments including CBT for psychosis, family work and carers support and education. It also involves broader liaison, consultation and joint working with other services and external agencies.

Applications are welcome from clinical/counselling psychologists who may have limited experience in Early Intervention for Psychosis but are keen to develop their skills in this area. There are opportunities to attend training in CBT for psychosis and family work with monthly local supervision groups. You will also be supported by an established tri-borough psychology team

Main duties of the job

Work within an integrated Multi-Disciplinary Early Intervention team providing initial assessments, formulations, individual, group and family work.

Supervise trainee clinical psychologists and assistant/honorary psychologists.

Provide psychological consultation to the wider team.

Engage in relevant audits, research and service development.

Be a member of the Tri-Borough EIP Senior Management Team and Tri-borough psychology service.

Develop skills and knowledge from CPD opportunities: CBT for psychosis, family work (BFT and CBTp Fi) CFT, EMDR.

You will join a local team of a band 7 psychologist, trainees, a family worker, assistant psychologist and honorary psychologists.

We are keen to attract those with an interest in working with individuals and their families from a wide range of multicultural backgrounds, and an enthusiasm for MDT work. An interest in working with complex presentations, including trauma work, and other co-occurring difficulties is essential.

As well as working within an MDT, the post holder will be part of the wider EIP psychology team, covering three West London boroughs. We work together in delivering evidence based group therapies, service development, audits and shared learning.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The regulations mandating vaccination for in-scope roles in the NHS have now been removed. The Trust does however continue to encourage and support staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19. Vaccination data will be collected by our recruitment team during your on-boarding if you are happy to provide a copy of your COVID pass.

Job description Job responsibilities

There is an excellent CPD programme. Half a day a week is set aside for CPD, and training is available in therapies such as EMDR and CBTp, which can lead to accreditation in these therapies. We can also support training in other models to support your personal and professional development where it will enhance the service we are able to offer our service users.

The Trust is committed to developing excellent services and the post holder will be part of a team excited by, and striving for, optimal recovery outcomes for each individual who uses our services. We are looking for someone to develop and deliver comprehensive packages of care which are both psychologically and trauma informed.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree (2:i minimum) in Psychology.
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Training in clinical supervision for doctoral, and equivalent, trainees
  • Advanced keyboard skills
  • Other related academic qualifications
  • Evidence of post-doctoral training in psychological therapy techniques
Experience Essential
  • Relevant experience of working as a qualified (specialist) psychologist in a clinical setting (or equivalent)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice
  • Completion of supervised practice in specialist clinical practice
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of personality disorder
Communication skills Essential
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
Analytic and Judgement Skills Essential
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options), Where expert opinions may differ
Planning and organising skills Essential
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes (individual or group) involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
Physical Skills Essential
  • Keyboard skills
  • Psychomotor skills necessary to administer complex psychological tests and video equipment
  • Able to complete satisfactorily breakaway training
  • Knowledge of SPSS
IT skills Essential
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software
Other Skills and Knowledge Essential
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
PERSONAL Physical Effort Essential
  • Able to sit for lengthy periods of time while demonstrating active listening skills
  • Able to maintain light physical effort for short periods

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