Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum/pro-rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you passionate about working alongside individuals experiencing acute mental health difficulties?

Would you be like to be part of a dynamic and innovative psychological service?

The Oxford Crisis and Home Treatment Team (CRHTT) are delighted to invite applications for the role of Clinical/Counselling Psychologist. The Oxford CRHTT was formed two years ago and remains in an exciting phase of transformation and development. This role would offer you the opportunity to provide not only clinical intervention but to impact on service delivery and patient care models. We want to do something different that works for our service users, and the service recognises that the skills of Psychologists are crucial to this.

We really want to hear from you if you are an enthusiastic and dynamic HCPC registered Psychologist wanting to develop your clinical, supervisory and leadership skills. We are flexible in how we recruit to the role and would welcome discussions about creating the right job for you. Although the post is full time, applications for part time and flexible working are also encouraged. We can also consider combining this role working within other parts of our services and/or being a preceptorship post starting at Band 7 progressing with support to an 8a level competency.

Main duties of the job

The Oxford CRHTT offers assessment, formulation and brief therapeutic interventions to a small caseload of service users experiencing a significant crisis in their mental health and psychological well-being. The CRHTT receive a breadth of referrals, providing the opportunity to work with a variety of presentations using different therapeutic approaches.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and skilled psychologist to enhance the psychological provision to the team. The successful candidate would have smaller caseloads and be able to work intensively in people's homes to support their recovery. There are opportunities to work both directly and indirectly through offering reflective practice, consultation, training and supervision of others including Assistant and Trainee Psychologists. The voice of psychologists in the leadership team is highly valued, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will support development of the team culture and pathways. Innovation and creativity is welcomed within the role, as we aim to be at the forefront of crisis care delivering excellent full fidelity service.

About us

As a team, Oxford CRHTT prides ourselves on being passionate and committed to providing excellent care to service users at a time they need it the most. There is an investment in our 'people pathway', as we recognise that in order to deliver this aim we need to support and nurture the clinicians responsible for the delivery of this care. This includes fostering psychological safety, ensuring that everyone has a voice and investing in the continuing development of all staff.

Here are some of the comments at a recent away day that reflect the culture of our team:
  • Passion for crisis work
  • Shared values
  • Flattened hierarchy
  • Energetic and fun
  • Responsive and dynamic
  • Togetherness - safe, restorative
  • Open culture
  • Collaborative and robust shared decision making
  • Development and investment in each other

Oxford Health has links to the prestigious Oxford University and NIHR Research Centre. There is a current large scale trial occurring within the Crisis and Home Treatment Team, and this role will continue to offer exciting opportunities to be a part of clinical research in practice.

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

Key roles of the Psychologists in the Oxford CRHTT include:
  • Providing and encouraging the use of psychological formulations to inform overall care planning
  • Offering assessments and brief psychological interventions to service users
  • Developing the psychological skill set of the multidisciplinary team through provision of training / teaching / supervision / consultation and reflective practice
  • Service development and evaluation / audit
  • Involvement in ongoing clinical research projects
  • Teaching and training

You would be joining a small supportive team of psychologists in home treatment teams across the Trust. You would also be part of the wider Acute Psychology Service offering excellent opportunities for shared learning and peer support. Supervision and management would be provided by the Principal Clinical Psychologist already embedded within the CRHTT. CPD opportunities are available to help you consolidate your therapeutic and leadership skills in a focused and supported way.

Please notes:
  • 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 / counseling psychology including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Current registration with the HCPC as a Clinical / Counselling Psychologist
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Qualifications / training in clinical supervision
Knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
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 working with people with severe and/or complex mental health difficulties
  • Experience of working in the NHS

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