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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
6 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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
Experience Essential
  • At least two years experience of work in the NHS.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers, colleagues, other professionals and professional contacts. Willingness to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally.

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