Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata Inc HCA
Closing date
15 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Full Time
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The Newham Early Intervention in Psychosis Service works to support clients aged 18-65 who have recently experienced a first-episode of psychosis. We are recruiting for an experienced 8a psychologist (12-months fixed-term initially). This vacancy presents an exciting opportunity for the right clinical/counselling psychologist to deliver evidence-based psychological interventions to both service users and their carers, and to provide a psychological perspective within the NEIS team. If successful, you would work alongside and be supported by several other NEIS psychologists, and receive regular specialist clinical supervision from an experienced senior psychologist. You would be part of an integrated, well-established, dedicated MDT based in Canning Town, east London. To support your continuing professional development all successful candidates will be put forward for additional training in both CBTp and Family Interventions. There is also the opportunity to access a wider variety of special interest and supervision groups relevant to the post. You will work to serve the diverse population of Newham, and this vacancy provides an opportunity for you to think creatively to develop solutions to meet the local mental health needs.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide specialist assessment and formulation of service users in NEIS.
  • Provide specialist evidence-based intervention to service users, including CBT for psychosis and Family Intervention.
  • Provide individual and group supervision to psychologists and other MDT staff as appropriate.
  • Provide psychologically-informed opinions, formulations, consultation, supervision and teaching to team members within NEIS as appropriate, and in agreement with the NEIS Lead Psychologist.
  • Be involved in service development, evaluation and research across the team.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification Education Qualification Training Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by BPS or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with Health Professions Council as a Chartered Psychologist
  • Additional relevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these) to an appropriate level approved by the Head of Psychology and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview.
  • Further training in CBTp and Family Interventions in Psychosis (FIp).
  • Completed Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working as a specialist clinical or counselling psychologist in an NHS MDT setting, and working with adult SMI presentations.
  • Experience of planning and exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • Experience of working with acutely unwell service users
  • Experience of working in an Early Intervention Service with first episode psychosis.
  • Experience of providing supervision of both CBTp and FI.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Highly-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Highly-developed skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Highly-developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult - to - treat groups (e.g. complex needs, self harm, personality disorder psychosis, dual diagnosis, persons with additional disabilities etc).
  • Highly-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of CBTp and FI.
  • Knowledge of the academic literature of the specialism.

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