Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum pro rata Inc HCA
Closing date
4 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide psychological expertise within Newham Centre for Mental Health (NCMH). We would welcome applications from Band 7 qualified psychologists with the relevant experience. Previous experience working in acute services and/or a considered appreciation of the role of psychology within these settings are highly desirable.

So what is the role about?

You will be responsible for providing psychological expertise to two wards through individual and group therapy sessions, staff consultation, reflective practice, supervision and teaching. These wards provide a triage function for new hospital admissions and acute beds for extra contractual referrals (ECR).

We value our staff and their development is paramount to us. Read on to see what we have got to offer:

You will be encouraged to explore clinical and/or research CPD activity of your choice amounting to one session (half a day) per week which could involve working with the local specialist psychotherapy service offering individual and/or group interventions within CBT, integrative, psychodynamic and systemic modalities.

This role is on a part time basis (30 hrs per week) however there is a high possibility that extra funding will be available so that this role can be offered on a full time basis. This can be discussed at interview. We would encourage you to apply!

Main duties of the job

To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist clinical/counselling psychology service to service users admitted to Newham Centre for Mental Health.

To supervise, support, and co-ordinate the psychological work provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the service who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To promote and facilitate psychological capability within the inpatient teams (e.g. via consultation, staff support and reflection, training and leadership).

To forge effective links and working relationships with colleagues across the inpatient-community pathway in order to understand the psychological needs within these settings and across this interface.

To provide specific psychological expertise and input around complex case presentations.

To engage in regular clinical and operational supervision with a senior psychologist.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within 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

The full job description provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role and the Persons specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. For both documents please view the attached JD/PS

Person Specification Education/ Qualification/ Training Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Or Postgraduate Doctorate in Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with Health Professions Council as a Psychologist Practitioner
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees
Experience Essential
  • At least two years experience of work in the NHS.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity
  • Relevant experience of working as a specialist clinical/counselling psychologist e.g. experience working in a multi-disciplinary teams for adults with severe and enduring mental health problems; working within inpatient mental health settings.
  • Experience of development and delivery of therapeutic groups.
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
  • Doctoral-level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to mental health
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by BPS.
  • Competence in advanced IT packages including keyboard skills.
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
  • Ability to support and co-ordinate the work of psychology colleagues within the team/service.
  • Ability to co-ordinate the recording and reporting of clinical information as required
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and able to contain the stress of others.
  • Ability to remain in constrained positions for substantial proportion of working time.
  • Ability to concentrate intensively for substantial periods of time during service user contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Ability to produce high quality professional reports to specified deadlines and other time constraints.
  • Ability to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/emotional circumstances.
  • Ability to manage effectively verbal aggression and abuse from patients, carers etc, and the risk of physical aggression.

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