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Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Primary Care MH Team

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Primary Care
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about providing high-quality holistic care to people who need mental health support?

As part of our commitment to improving access to mental health services across Oxfordshire we are implementing multi-disciplinary Primary Care Mental Health Teams, to make it easier for patients (18+) to obtain the help they need, when they need it, within their community.The hub teams will support primary care in offering enhanced mental health assessment and support to people with serious mental health conditions, facilitating early intervention, supporting recovery, and helping them to live well in their community.

We really want to hear from you if you are an enthusiastic HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist wanting to develop your clinical, supervisory and leadership skills. We are also happy to hear from other accredited psychological therapists that can demonstrate they meet the person specification.

Main duties of the job

As part of a network of psychological therapists you will lead the development and delivery of psychosocial interventions within an Integrated Community Mental Health pathway. The pathway will have robust community partnership networks, to address the needs of adults and older adults with Serious Mental Illness (SMI).

You will support the Primary Care MH team to focus services in local communities and local GP practices to help rebuild and reconnect healthcare teams across the communities they serve.

You will provide targeted care according to the needs of the population, supporting delivery of the Community Mental Health Framework, PCN clinical strategy and the NHS Long Term Plan.

About us

We provide excellent accredited supervision by senior therapists to help you consolidate your therapy skills in a focused and supported way, monthly opportunities to meet psychological therapy colleagues from across the county for reflective practice groups; clinical updates and professional development, and excellent CPD opportunities.

We offer CPD and training to support career progression, have excellent links with the Oxford Centre for Psychological Health that includes Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy (OCTC) and Oxford Institute for Clinical Psychology Training, which is hosted by the Trust. We actively encourage innovation and research with opportunities for collaborations with the University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry and Department of Experimental Psychology. We also collaborate with Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University.

Benefits of working for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust include:
  • Excellent opportunities for career progression
  • 27 days annual leave, plus bank holidays, with an increase to 33 days with continuous service
  • NHS Discount across a wide range of shops, restaurants and retailers
  • Staff accommodation
  • Competitive pension scheme
  • Lease car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme

Job description Job responsibilities

Partnership and integration are key to the success of transforming mental health services so if you have the knowledge, skills, and passion for implementing change we welcome your application.

We are happy to hear from other accredited psychological therapists that can demonstrate they meet the person specification.

Please apply if you can demonstrate:
  • Evidence of significant knowledge in your specialist therapy area of working with adults with severe and/or complex mental health difficulties
  • A good working knowledge of evidence-based treatments
  • Sound clinical risk assessment and management
  • Experience of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Substantial experience of supervision with therapists and other clinical staff
  • Experience of leadership and management of therapy staff

Please note:
  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.
  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.
  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.
  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.
  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.
  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996, as accredited by the British Psychological Society, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • HCPC registration
  • Qualifications / training in clinical supervision
  • Eligible for BABCP accreditation
knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by professional and accrediting bodies.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies with people with severe and/or complex mental health difficulties
Skills Essential
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Good Organisational and time management skills, ability to plan and prioritise own workload
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of Supervising others
  • Experience of running / co-running groups
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts

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