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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or equivalent-Preceptorship option

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough 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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We have an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified band 7 clinical psychologist looking for a post with potential career progression or for an established band 8a clinical psychologist to join our team of psychological therapists (comprised of Clinical and counselling psychologists, a Clinical Associate psychology trainee, a CBT-P trainee and an assistant psychologist) within the Peterborough Adult Locality Teams.

We are looking for someone who is creative, flexible and passionate about transforming and delivering services that provide trauma-informed, person-centred care.

Over the next two years we hope to think more carefully about what we really mean by secondary care psychology. Specifically, we want to think about how we use all the experience and skills of the psychological professionals (in delivering therapy/ training/ supervision/ consultancy) more strategically to meet the needs of the local population. We want to put formulation at the heart of what we do and really emphasise the idea of The right type of psychological intervention at the right time.

We hope to use newly developed roles that provide psychological therapy so that we can maximise different skills and knowledge. This will build on the transformation to psychological services that has already taken place in Peterborough.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be responsible for implementing psychological assessment, providing therapeutic interventions to people in the community and supporting the wider team to develop psychological understandings of people's difficulties through consultation, supervision and training.

The post-holder will be required to work collaboratively with colleagues, liaising with external care providers and statutory agencies to support people and their families on their journey to wellbeing.

Supporting and developing psychologists within the team is of upmost importance to us. We encourage our psychologists to develop their skills and knowledge with CPD opportunities (including EMDR and CBTp). We believe that research is central to the development and maintenance of effective teams and interventions. Our psychologists have close links with the Doctoral Clinical Psychology course at the University of East Anglia and they routinely place their trainees within our service.

About us

We are located in the vibrant and diverse city of Peterborough. Recovery principles are embedded in the work of the locality teams and we aim to support people to reach their potential by facilitating hope, empowering autonomy and developing meaning and purpose in life.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the locality team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To use psychological formulations to develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, and to use these plans to inform and lead the work of non-psychology members of the team.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • This includes responsibility for the delivery of psychologicalinterventions by all team members.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines and under the overall co-ordination of the Lead Psychologists.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni-and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology
  • Registration as practitioner psychologist
  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Undertaken relevant post-doctoral training
  • Undertaken training in supervision of trainee clinical psychologists
  • Completed additional training in either EMDR/ CBTP/ SCM/ schema therapy
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across range of settings
  • Experience of working with people experiencing severe mood disorders and psychotic symptoms and their families
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups (lifespan/problems)
  • Experience of application of clinical psychology in different contexts
  • Lived experience of mental health
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working within multicultural framework
  • Substantial experience of specialist assessment, formulation and treatment
  • Experience of representing psychology within MDT care
  • Able to demonstrate 50 hours clinical supervision over a minimum of 2 years
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility
Skills Essential
  • Skills in use of complex methods of assessment, formulation and intervention
  • Ability to deliver CBT to people suffering from affective disorders and psychotic disorders
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning
  • Able to employ mechanisms of clinical governance (supervision and self-care)
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable and innovative
  • Planning and organising skills (caseload management)
  • Skills in self-management (time management)
  • High standard of report writing
  • High level communication skills (written and oral)
  • Skills in consulting to other groups
  • Advanced keyboard and computer skills
  • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse situations
  • Motivated towards professional development (strong CPD record)
  • Able to be accountable for own clinical interventions
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • High level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults
  • High level knowledge and skills working with carers
  • Ability to deliver family interventions (BFT)
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology (lifespan, physical health, 2 distinct therapies)
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Good understanding of other professionals theoretical perspectives
  • Knowledge of management of qualified psychologists (recruitment, HR)
  • Evidence of continuing CPD as recommended by BPS
  • Interest in models of service delivery within MDT's
  • High developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups
  • High level knowledge of theory and practice of 2 psychological therapies
Other Essential
  • Able to exercise self-care to maintain fitness to practice
  • Able to travel independently
  • Published in peer-reviewed journals and/or books
  • Ability to support carers and staff exposed to distressing situations
  • Ability to articulate role of clinical psychology (according to national and professional policy)
  • Enthusiasm for service initiatives (audit)

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