Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for 2 enthusiastic and committed Clinical or Counselling Psychologists or Psychotherapists to join our well established and dynamic service for people over the age of sixty-five who live in Kent and Medway. The post holders will be based in Medway or Thanet within a multidisciplinary community mental health team for older people and provide a comprehensive psychological service to older people with a wide range of mental health needs including dementia. We are looking to recruit at 8a level. We are able to offer a 7/8a preceptorship to the right candidates. Postholders would need to commit to a minimum of 3 days.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based in Britton House in Gillingham or the Thanet Mental Health Unit in Margate; there may be the requirement to work at other sites, e.g. inpatient setting or client home. The post will be part of the Kent and Medway Older Person's psychology team, supporting and working with the Community Mental Health Service for Older People's in the designated locality. (CMHSOP). The post holder will also be part of a wider Kent & Medway Older Person's Psychology Service; the post holder would be expected to attend trust wide meetings and contribute to the smooth operational running of the service. The post holder will receive clinical and management supervision and they must be capable of taking substantial professional responsibility and acting autonomously in respect of clinical decisions in their area of practice.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

To work alongside the other members of the Kent and Medway Older Persons Psychology Team to provide a comprehensive psychological service to older people in Thanet or Medway with a wide range of mental health needs including dementia. To hold an individual case load and provide quality psychological assessments, formulations and evidence-based interventions. To work with individuals, couples and other family members as appropriate. To provide indirect clinical work through liaison and consultation with multi-disciplinary colleagues and to contribute a psychological perspective in MDT discussions. To demonstrate the KMPT values in all aspects of the work.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology/counselling psychology or equivalent psychotherapy qualification
  • Registered with the HPC
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Experience of working with older adults and people with dementia
  • Experience of clinical supervision in clincial work with older people and people with dementia
Desirable criteria Essential
  • Experience of working with secondary mental health
  • Experience of working with older people with mental health difficulties

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