Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Rough Sleepers Psychology Service

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

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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As part of the Government strategy of Ending Rough Sleeping for Good and the Rough Sleeping Drug and Alcohol Treatment Programme Grant (RSDATG), we are looking to recruit a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide a Rough Sleepers Psychology Service in Worcester City.

A permanent Band 7 post, initially commissioned until 31.03.24, with the possibility of this being extended to 31.03.25. Working 0.9 w.t.e. on the RSDAT Pathway and 0.1 w.t.e. on AMH Psychology Pathway. When this post ends the post holder will have the opportunity to work fully on the AMH Psychology Pathway. The working hours are full time (part time working would be considered), working Monday Friday, 37.5 hours between 9.00-17.30 hours.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be line managed and clinically supervised as part of the AMH NMHS. They will provide:

Timely, evidence based psychological assessment and treatment interventions to people who are, or at risk of, rough sleeping in Worcester City. This will be provided across various venues accessible to rough sleepers, e.g., Maggs Day Centre, St Pauls Hostel, Emerging Futures supported housing.

Regular clinical supervision, as required, to the teams involved in delivering this RSDATG funded services, i.e., peer mentors (Emerging Futures), outreach intervention (Cranston), counselling and mindfulness (St Pauls).

Provide training, advice, and guidance to the teams above.

Refer to mental health services and organise accessible appointments, e.g., at times and venues preferred by the people referred.

Attend and support the Worcester City rough sleeper multidisciplinary network, enabling the co-ordination of care plans for individuals supported through the project.

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 aim of the RSDATG is to help support people who sleep rough, or who are at risk of sleeping rough, to access and engage in drug and alcohol treatment and to sustain engagement as they move into longer term accommodation and to build resilience and capacity in the local drug and alcohol treatment system to continue to meet the needs of this population.

Alongside the Band 7 Job Description and Person Specification, the post holder will also:

Adhere to HCPC practice guidelines.

Implement the psychology provision guidelines and trust policies.

Behave consistently with and promote the values of the trust.

Meet and maintain targets as part of this role.

Work alongside other psychologists within the AMH NMHS Locality Teams across Worcestershire.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • BSc/BA Honours degree at 2:1 or above in Psychology
  • Post graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Evidence of regular continuing professional development through further professional training and experience, as required by the
  • HCPC and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
Additional Criteria Essential
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the role
Experience Essential
  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Experience of multi-agency and multi-disciplinary working
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research
  • Significant experience of supervised practice including working with families and care organisations
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to a wide range of patients presenting with a full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of exercising clinical responsibility for a patients psychological care and treatment
Skills & Abilities Essential
  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information
  • Ability to use IT equipment, including the use of internet to carry out literature searches for research purposes
  • Good presentation and teaching skills, able to use multi-media materials for both formal large group situations and small informal settings
  • Advanced ability to develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship and manage transference appropriately
  • Able to formulate and articulate sound judgement based on analysis and interpretation of a broad range of complex information in both clinical and organisational contexts
  • Able to prioritise own work and deal with competing demands to work effectively
  • Able to undertake psychological assessments, treatments and consultation in a variety of environments, sometimes under difficult emotional circumstances
  • Committed to promoting clients right, independence and choice, and a person-centred approach to care.

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