Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and Senior Locality Lead

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
High Wycombe
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum / pro rata
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you looking for an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical, supervision and leadership skills?

We are looking for an experienced Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, or CBT Therapist to join our friendly and innovative team at Healthy Minds as a Senior Locality Lead.

Main duties of the job

As a Senior Locality Lead you will provide a direct highly specialist psychological therapies service to a designated locality team and contribute to the development and delivery of Step 3 interventions across the service. You will also be actively involved in ensuring waits for treatment are kept to a minimum and contribute to the ongoing identification and implementation of continuing professional development across the Step 3 team.

You will also have line management responsibilities and work as part of the service leadership team. You will be guided by the Clinical Lead, the Deputy Clinical Lead and Service Manager to ensure the services which are delivered are of a high quality and meet national guidance as well as meeting local and nationally agreed plans.

You will be given regular expert clinical supervision, managerial supervision and access to an extensive CPD training programme.

About us

Want to know what it's like to work for Healthy Minds Bucks? Open the'What it's like to work for Healthy Minds'pdf to see what our team members have to say!

We are a nationally recognized, high-performing, and innovative IAPT service. Visit our website ( to find out how we support over 12,000 adults to manage their common mental health difficulties.

Staff wellbeing is a top priority - We have a very active, award winning, in- service wellbeing team and take a pride in our supportive, collaborative, and productive culture.

The Trust hosts the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Research and the Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. Healthy Minds is actively involved in research, and the service benefits from being a member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network - Anxiety and Depression Network led by Professor David Clark.

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
  • 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.

Job description Job responsibilities

This post will be attractive to doctoral level (or equivalent) clinical psychologists or counselling psychologists. You should be able to demonstrate your use of evidence-based practice, preferably in a primary care setting. We are particularly interested in applicants who have experience of working with clinicians providing Step 3 treatments. You should be BABCP accredited or willing to work towards obtaining this during your first year in post.

The Healthy Minds service follows a hybrid working pattern, currently aiming for staff on average to work for 2 days in a Trust office or clinic and 3 days from home.

Our two main bases are centrally located within Aylesbury and High Wycombe, and we use additional clinic space around the county. Ability and willingness to travel for work purposes is essential.

You will be based at the Healthy Minds office in High Wycombe (Prospect House) and will provide services either online, in GP practices or community venues across Buckinghamshire.

For further information, please read the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered with the HCPC and accredited with the BABCP or UKCP registered psychotherapist, BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural psychotherapist (if not then willingness to apply for BABCP accreditation during first year in post.)
  • Doctoral level or equivalent qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology. Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical Psychologist, counselling psychologist or equivalent, delivering evidence-based psychological therapy with adults including post-qualification experience working at a Highly Specialist level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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 providing clinical and line management supervision
  • Experience of providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to a wide range of clients
Skills Essential
  • Ability to promote approaches to enhance staff well-being and use of appropriate means of support for staff exposed to distressing situations.
  • 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

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