Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Ware Herts
Depending on experience per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust is an Outstanding Provider of mental health services. Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Service (CRHTT) meet the needs of individual's living in Hertfordshire who are experiencing a mental health crisis. The aim is to provide a multidisciplinary approach in understanding their difficulties and formulating and implementing brief interventions to support the crisis to resolve.

We now have a vacancy for one preceptorship post band 7 or 8a (depending on experience). We welcome band 7 applicants who want to progress in their career, and also CBT therapists with the right experience.

The role can be based at either North team -Stevenage, South East team - Ware or South West team - Watford.

Main duties of the job

This is an exciting opportunity to develop the psychological assessment, formulation and therapy elements of the service, as well as enhancing the psychological awareness of the team as a whole. Opportunities for clinical supervision and line management are also available within this post.

It will suit an HCPC registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or BABCP accredited CBT Therapist with experience in mental health. Some experience of working within acute or crisis settings, or specialist services engaging individuals with psychosis or personality disorder would be of benefit. A solid understanding of recovery principles is essential. The role will suit someone who enjoys working flexibly and in collaboration as part of a multidisciplinary team.


The post holder will be professionally supervised by an appropriately experienced Senior Clinical Psychologist and will have the opportunity to influence and shape the evolving crisis services.

HPFT is committed to its staff. You would be joining a strong and established group of psychological therapists offering services within adult mental health. There are thriving special interest groups and we offer regular opportunities for ongoing professional development.

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

Job Summary: To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist Psychological Service to clients with moderate to severe mental health problems from the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. To be a fully integrated member of the MDT within the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team including enhancing the psychological awareness of the team through case discussions and staff reflective practice. To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by band 7 Psychologists/CBT therapists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment, as well as providing assessment and therapy as required. To utilise research skills for audit, service development and research.

All staff should comply with the Trusts Anti-Discriminatory Statement, Employee Charter, Trust Policies and Procedures, Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity.

In addition to the basic salary, this post may attract a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a minimum payment of £1,017 and a maximum payment of £1,762 per annum (pro rata where applicable).

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist
  • At least two years' experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with severe mental illness within a mental health setting.
  • Current full registration with HCPC
  • Training in risk assessment and management.
  • Post-qualification training in assessment and intervention models in one or more of the following: CBT, Systemic Therapy, Family Interventions.
  • Experience of working within acute or crisis services.
  • Experience of supervising qualified clinical staff from a range of professional backgrounds including HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists.
Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, including those with physical health conditions and or longterm conditions across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity whilst 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 two evidence based psychological interventions including CBT, Systemic Therapy or Family Interventions.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the fields of Clinical / Counselling 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 and psychological working in long term conditions, such as personality disorder.
  • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients in mental health crisis.
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.

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