Clinical / Counselling Psychologist / CBT Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Welwyn Garden City
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
7 Feb 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Primary Care
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist in Primary Care Mental Health services, within Adult Community Mental Health services within HPFT. HPFT has recently received a rating of Outstanding from CQC.

The postholder will work primarily from HPFT and primary care bases across East and North Hertfordshire. This is one of two band 7 psychologist posts covering East and North Hertfordshire.

Main duties of the job

The applicant will be expected to work with clients presenting with a wide range of difficulties and diagnoses and will receive high quality supervision to support them in their role. The post holder will join an emerging, supportive team of psychological therapists who offer assessment and a range of different psychological interventions within a multidisciplinary primary care mental health team.

There is a wealth of experience and knowledge of different therapeutic approaches within the team and regular opportunities for peer reflection and supervision. The post holder will also be provided with CPD opportunities and supported in their professional development.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information on the job and responsibilities.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Postgraduate qualification in one of the core mental health professions e.g. psychiatric nursing, clinical psychology, medicine, social work and occupational therapy or to have substantial other relevant experience and with demonstrable competence to work in the mental health field.
  • And Diploma and / or M.Sc. in CBT leading to demonstrable eligibility for accreditation with the BABCP OR Recognised qualification in Family / Systemic Psychotherapy; membership of the AFT or IFT and current full registration with the UKCP, OR Recognised qualification in Psychological Counselling and current full registration with the UKCP or the BACP OR Recognised qualification in Cognitive-Analytic Therapy leading to UKCP CAT Psychotherapy Status OR Completion of DBT Intensive Training and PG Certificate in DBT
  • Continuing registration with body overseeing practice of core mental health profession, e.g. NMC or HCPC.
Communication Skills Essential
  • Ability to communicate 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
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work and communicate therapeutically with clients and their families consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating
  • Ability to work and communicate as a responsible participating member of a multi-disciplinary team and the ability to respect and value other members' contributions and to encourage participation of all involved
  • Ability to keep accurate and complete records of activities and communications consistent with legislation, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to alert line manager / team when direction, policies and strategies are adversely affecting users of services or the public
  • Ability to time manage effectively and to work under pressure and to prioritise a clinical workload
Physical Skills Essential
  • Car Driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995)
  • IT Skills; including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, entering data onto electronic patient records
  • Ability to travel and work flexibly across different sites in Hertfordshire
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, including at least six months clinical experience working in adult mental health
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life span's 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 the threat of physical abuse
  • Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well -being
  • Experience of multi -disciplinary team working and inter -agency collaboration
  • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi -media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks
  • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures
  • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and Developments
  • Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to Adult Mental Health
  • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients with mental health problems
  • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team
  • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
  • Experience of working in a community mental health setting
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Positive problem solving approach
  • Ability to critically evaluate and review developments made by others to determine if and how they could be applied within own area of work
Diversity Essential
  • Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and boundaries with clients from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to apply psychological practice in different cultural contexts
  • Ability to recognise and report behaviour that undermines equality and diversity

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