Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking for an enthusiastic, committed psychologist or psychological therapist to contribute to the development and delivery of community adult mental health services in the city teams in Herefordshire.

  • There is opportunity for blended working (on site and from home).
  • Dependant on experience you will be appointed at band 7 or band 8a. If appointed at band 7, upon successful completion of the development plan you will move to a band 8a. Copies of both job descriptions are included in the supporting documents.

Herefordshire is at the forefront of Community Transformation. We have an integrated and inclusive psychological therapies pathway, offering a range of standalone psychological interventions as well as delivering care to those with more complex presentations. We have robust Emotion Regulation and Psychosis Pathways and are central to the development of Trauma Informed Care and promoting Compassionate Leadership across the Trust.

We welcome enquires so please do contact the recruiting manager (details at the top right-hand side of the advert) for informal discussion.

We are concurrently advertising for a band 8a, this is a separate advert.

Main duties of the job

The post is integral to the Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Service, working alongside qualified psychologists, psychological therapists and art therapists. New roles include CAPs and MHWBPs.

We emphasise the value of psychological assessment, formulation and consultation early within a service-users journey. The post holder will provide specialist individual interventions and contribute to our extensive group programme. You will help to create and sustain more co-produced psychologically and trauma informed environments, across the system of care. You will be actively supported to develop service initiatives in line with key national and local priorities and with local partners.

You will be a valued member of our highly respected psychological service. Across the service we offer a variety of evidence based psychological models and invest in model specific supervision. We value strong, compassionate working relationships and prioritise your personal and professional development.

About us

We are community hospitals, neighbourhood teams and community health services across Worcestershire and the provider of Mental Health and Learning Disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We work in partnership with other organisations to keep our community well at home for as long as possible.

We provide services for people of all ages, across a range of settings, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions.

We have an open and supportive culture, recognised by the CQC and other external regulators. We want you to thrive, offering you every opportunity to develop. We will support you; help you fulfil your ambitions with a varied and flexible training programme; and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. We endeavour to offer an attractive work-life balance, with flexibility in our approach to help you get the most out of your career.

We provide our staff with direct access to a wealth of resources to support their wellbeing, from our Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub, to wellbeing festivals or access to free online exercise classes.

At the core of our values, we are committed to equality, diversity, inclusion and human rights. We take every opportunity to strengthen our approach to equality and diversity in delivering best patient care and the employment of our staff.

We would encourage you to visit the Trusts Recruitment Microsite, click the Employer Website link.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will:

  • Behave consistently with and promote the values and beliefs of the organisation
  • Use their initiative, be responsible and accountable for providing a systematic psychology service, specialist psychological interventions, clinical and research supervision and training to other health and care staff as agreed with the service lead/manager.
  • Work with managers and team leaders to develop services and improve quality in consultation with the service lead.
  • Participate in national and regional professional speciality meetings and seminars as appropriate
  • Meet and maintain targets within the adult mental health service
  • Evaluate referrals, undertake the assessment, treatment and management of patients with psychological difficulties with a varying range of complexity and aetiology with reference to clinical need and service capacity.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification Additional Criteria Essential
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role
Qualifications Essential
  • Post Graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent Applied Psychology qualification), as accredited by the B.P.S
  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC OR equivalent e.g. a recorded / registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy plus Further post graduate qualification OR training and experience in a relevant model of psychological therapy that meets accreditation training standards, Significant experience working as a psychological therapist in mental health services with people over the age of 18 years and demonstrating the required competences and Is a member of a professional body, such as BABCP, BPS, NMC upon commencement of the post
Experience Essential
  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical aggression
  • Evidence of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict, and antagonism are present
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and national guidance and their implication for clinical practice.
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information.

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