Recruitment Event-Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist ARMS

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata + 5% of basic salary
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are excited to be able to announce that with new mental health transformation funding we will be launching a service aimed at identifying and supporting individuals who are vulnerable to developing psychosis (At Risk Mental State). The service will work alongside those at risk of developing psychosis to create opportunities to develop preventative strategies and support through partnership with local mental health, social care, primary care and third sector agencies.

There will be a number of new posts in this new multi-disciplinary team aimed at offering predominantly, but not exclusively, psychosocial interventions with an evidence base of mental health prevention. This post will be part of that new team.

We have an interesting and exciting opportunity for a Clinical Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist to join the ARMS team and deliver a psychologically lead service to people identified as having an At Risk Mental State (ARMS), based in Hertfordshire.

This is a newly commissioned service aiming to recruit supportive, highly skilled, established and professionals. The ARMS service will work closely with PATH (Early Intervention in Psychosis Service) and develop and maintain links with other services in HPFT and the wider community.

Main duties of the job

As a specialist mental health service for those with ARMS, the service will be based on NICE-recommended interventions. This will include comprehensive assessment and psychological interventions for psychosis or co-existing mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, emerging personality disorder, substance misuse). These activities are often supported with family interventions, care coordination, social prescribing and education/employment support. The psychological therapists are an integral part of the ARMS multi-disciplinary team. Key responsibilities would include supporting the team in developing psychological formulation for treatment planning; assisting assessment using psychometric tools such as Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental States (CAARMS); and delivering evidence-based individual psychological therapy.We are looking for a Clinical Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist to work positively and proactively with the MDT and with people who present to our services. You will be skilled in working with recovery based and collaborative approaches to care planning, working flexibly and creatively with people in order to achieve their individual goals.This is a varied and busy role which provides a community service to the local population from age 14years upwards.If you are enthusiastic, self-motivating with a commitment to delivering high quality service users care we would like to hear from you.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

For full details of the role and responsibilities for this vacancy please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification documents attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral/Masters level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS and current registration with HCPC Or A registered qualification (e.g. in nursing, social work, occupational therapy) and further postgraduate qualification training in evidence based psychological therapies, including CBT, and significant experience working as a psychological therapy practitioner, with BABCP registration and eligibility for BABCP accreditation
  • Professional qualification degree level, which should include knowledge and application of research methodology
  • Additional specialist knowledge or training in psychological therapies including CBTp and Family Intervention
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, including at least six months clinical experience working in adult mental health
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well-being
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least one evidence based psychological therapy (i.e. CBT, Family Intervention) relevant to the treatment of adults with complex problems and their families
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
  • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments
  • Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to Adult Mental Health
  • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with mental health problems
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Experience of service development/project management
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. 13 clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting
  • Experience of working within services for individuals presenting with At Risk Mental States (ARMS) and/or Early Intervention in Psychosis Services
  • Experience of working therapeutically with children and young people

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