Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum Incl of HCA
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced HCPC registered 8a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join City and Hackney Inpatient Team and Early Intervention in Psychosis Service (EQUIP) providing psychological expertise across both settings to enables continuity of care for residents following a first episode of psychosis. This post is a new role with half the time (0.5 WTE) based on Ruth Seifert Ward at the City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health (CHCMH), which is a 14 bedded male acute admission ward, and the other half (0.5 WTE) based within the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, EQUIP.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant multidisciplinary Inpatient and Early Intervention Team, which also consists of qualified Psychologists, Trainee Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists who work closely with local community organisations to support service users and carers. There is particular awareness of the diversity within City and Hackney across the Social GGRRAAACCEEESSS and the multiple areas of social inequality and discrimination frequently experienced by service-users and barriers to access to care.

Main duties of the job

There are a broad range of leadership opportunities for the post holder to be involved in, including leadership Quality Improvement projects, staff development initiatives, and supervision. There is also an active Continuing Professional Development programme within both services, reflective practice spaces, in-service working groups, audit and research projects, and the post holder will receive specialist supervision and support from the wider City and Hackney Psychology department, in which there are supervision/special interest spaces (e.g. EMDR Supervision; Trauma Supervision and Journal Club).

The diverse population of service users accessing acute and community services in City and Hackney provides opportunities for creativity and innovation in service development and delivery, and the psychology service aims to provide a high quality, equitable and culturally competent service to people with highly complex needs. As a part of our commitment to ensuring that our workforce is reflective of those who use our services, we would particularly encourage applications from those who identify as being part of a minoritised group. We also encourage applications from qualified psychologists who are currently working at Band 7 with previous and relevant experience of inpatient and community/ psychosis services and client group

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 the BPS. Or Postgraduate Doctorate in Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Psychologist Practitioner
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees
  • 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.)
  • Post qualification training in CBTp, FI/ family or systemic therapy
Experience Essential
  • 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.
  • Experience of working as a specialist clinical psychologist in a health setting
  • Experience of development and delivery of therapeutic groups.
  • Experience of developing collaborative, effective risk assessment and management plans.
  • 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; including working within inpatient mental health settings and with people experiencing psychosis
  • Experience of line managing.
  • E Experience of service improvement
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to co-ordinate the recording and reporting of clinical information as required
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • 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 mental health.
  • Knowledge of the academic literature of the specialism.
  • Capacity to work calmly and thoughtfully when addressing traumatic psychological issues, demonstrating an awareness of the sensitivity and unpredictability of individuals who have experienced complex trauma , and a capacity to tolerate the strong emotions evoked by such work
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by BPS.

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