Clinical Psychologist /Counselling Psychologist /CBT Therapist(OHSPIC)

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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OHSPIC is a national specialist clinic led by Professor Paul Salkovskis, formed of a team with unique specialist expertise and experience in CBT. OHSPIC provides CBT interventions for children, young people and adults across the lifespan, including in the context of neurodiversity. OHSPIC provides individualised, formulation driven CBT interventions including home visits and working online.

As a member of a national specialist team you will work closely with other highly specialist clinicians with extensive experience in CBT including in OCD, health anxiety, trauma and PTSD, hoarding, tics and misophonia. You will receive expert clinical supervision and will have access to a wide range of CPD opportunities. There are excellent opportunities for research and teaching / training.

We seek to recruit a highly specialist Band 8b Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist / Cognitive Behaviour Therapist to provide psychological assessments and CBT interventions for adults, children and young people with severe and / or complex mental health problems.

You should be able to demonstrate your experience, skills and qualifications in CBT in specialist mental health settings including CYP.

If you would like to discuss the post we encourage you to contact:

Dr Victoria Bream, Clinic Lead, Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Emma Baldock, Principal Clinical Psychologist

Main duties of the job


  • As a major part of the job deliver highly expert assessment and treatment for people across the lifespan referred to the clinic with complex mental health needs, including but not confined to anxiety disorders (particularly OCD and related conditions, and misophonia).
  • To provide highly expert CBT advice, consultation and supervision to psychologists and other professionals, both within the Trust and from outside the Trust, so as to help improve professionals' skills and clients' functioning.
  • If required by the service, to assess and treat patients, including those with complex, severe & chronic mental health needs, using the highest levels of specialist clinical skills. This work will involve communicating highly sensitive information in a hostile or highly emotive atmosphere, and the risk of verbal or physical aggression.
  • If required by the service, to provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews, with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care.

About us

All staff are required to work in accordance with their professional group's code of conduct (e.g. NMC, GMC, DoH Code of Conduct for Senior Managers).

This job description is intended as a basic guide to the scope and responsibilities of the post and is not exhaustive. It will be subject to regular review and amendment as necessary in consultation with the post holder.

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


Management, recruitment, policy and service development:
  • To take responsibility as required for managing aspects of the clinic as directed by senior staff
  • To contribute with other staff to the development of the Clinics strategy and business plan.
  • To initiate and implement service developments and projects within the Centre, in accordance with the Centres goals and strategy.
  • To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the Clinic.

Information responsibilities:
  • To record personally generated information such as patient records, teaching feedback.
  • To use software, including the use of standard keyboard skills, to design, deliver & evaluate training programmes, to analyse research data, to communicate via email and to produce reports as required.
  • To use, where appropriate a range of psychometric tests which require the manipulation of objects.

Research and service evaluation:
  • To be involved in planning and implementing systems for the evaluation, monitoring and development of the Clinics services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high-quality care and training.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work, work with other team members and across the service.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research within the service and centre.
  • To initiate and implement project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to clients and their families

  • 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 Knowledge Essential
  • Highly advanced knowledge and skills in applied psychology/Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy, including knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised CBT across the lifespan.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Post-graduate diploma in CBT
  • Specialist experience in CBT in: Obsessive compulsive disorder and related conditions Autistic spectrum conditions
Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in CBT or Applied Psychology recognised by the HCPC or BABCP.
  • Eligibility for and willingness to obtain BABCP accreditation as a therapist, supervisor or trainer
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the appropriate professional body/s.
  • Post-doctoral training in CBT and any other relevant specialised areas of psychological practice BABCP accreditation as a therapist, supervisor or trainer
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, and CBT intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • A high-level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Skills in disseminating CBT to the general public, for example via self-help literature or other media.
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist/ cognitive behavioural therapist for a minimum of two years.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups within, including some combination of outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of organising Post-Graduate University teaching.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional / clinical supervision in CBT specifically.
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Willingness to travel away from home and engage in online working
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.
  • Car & current driving licence
Contractual Requirements or other requirements Essential
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-

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