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8B Principle Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,079 to £67,177 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Learning Disability
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist / Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Service (Band 8b, 0.7wte)

The Surrey and Borders Centralised Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Service are currently recruiting for the vacancy of a Band 8b Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide clinical leadership to the DBT service. Our service provides a comprehensive trust-wide therapy service, in line with NICE guidelines, to a culturally diverse population of working age adults (18-65), referred by professionals within our Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRS), who meet the criteria for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

The post holder would be leading a small team of highly motivated clinicians comprised of three core DBT Therapists, an Assistant Psychologist and members of staff from the CMHRS who rotate into the DBT Service on sessional secondments. In their role the applicant will be based at Chertsey but will be expected to travel trust wide for Professional Meetings and Group and Assessment cover.

Applicants must be registered with HCPC.

Main duties of the job

This role will be responsible for leading the DBT provision within adult community services in Surrey and Borders Partnership Trust. By ensuring relevant clinical supervision is provided to staff, standards of service provision are set, monitored and maintained and that people, who use the service, and their carers, are involved in the service in the way they wish to be.

This role will also deliver high quality psychology assessments, interventions and consultation within generic and specialised services. Working with management teams on service development and evaluation. Attending Personality Disorders Forums to represent DBT service and offer case consultations and clinical guidance to staff to guide the treatment pathways for people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorders.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Job description Job responsibilities

Suitable for someone who is interested in and passionate about providing high quality leadership and psychological support to people using our service and their carers within the specified area of work.

Key Responsibilities

· To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

· To plan and deliver a highly specialist psychology service (in leadership or advanced therapy role) and to oversee its clinical governance.

· To be responsible for the professional leadership and continued development of a team and/or service area.

· To lead in the supervision and contribute to Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of psychology staff, as required.

· To ensure that the healthcare needs of people using services are communicated to and work in partnership with service commissioners and other healthcare providers for the best outcomes. To positively contribute to Trust and divisional developments in relation to psychology practice. To advocate and represent the service.

· To be responsible for the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

· Contribute to appropriate staff recruitment and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

· To ensure that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed within local services and future developments.

· To demonstrate highly specialist expertise and specialist psychological skills such as specialist psychological assessments, formulation, therapeutic interventions and consultation to support people with complex needs

· To act as supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre-registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements. To participate in new staff induction.

· To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use services and carers.

· To lead in developing and conducting clinical audit and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within the relevant area of practice.

· To influence and develop team cultures that support and encourage innovation, creativity, partnership working and curiosity.

Additional Responsibilities People with Learning Disabilities (PLD)

· To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework.

· To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions driven by government initiatives e.g. Transforming Care, LD Mortality review to promote positive health gains for clients.

· Conducting neuropsychological assessments and using the information to contribute to diagnosis and packages of care

Additional Responsibilities Working Age Adults (WAA)

· To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework

Please refer the Job Description for more details

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Extensive post qualification clinical experience in relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of leading in clinical practice, service development or project work.
  • Experience of supervising trainees, assistant psychologists, qualified clinical/counselling psychologists and others providing psychological therapies
  • Experience of implementing change following audit and service evaluation
  • Demonstrable experience of developing complex formulations drawing on multiple psychological models
  • Experience of advising other professionals on complex psychological issues and risk
  • Experience of working within a DBT/personality disorders service or with people with EUPD and other personality disorders.
Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications required
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees and qualified psychologists/clinicians
  • Additional academic clinical qualification relevant to area of work
  • Additional leadership/management study

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Surrey & Border Partnership Trust

Curfew Bell Road



KT16 9FG

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