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Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Trauma

West London NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting new opportunity for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists in the MINT teams in Hounslow, West London NHS Trust

We are seeking a Band 8A Clinical or Counselling psychologist to work in one of our new Mental Health Integrated Network (MINT) teams. These teams are innovative and cover both primary and secondary care adult mental health provision. The post involves providing psychological assessments and treatment to adults with a wide range of problems, but the specific post will have a focus on people with complex trauma presentations. We would welcome applications from clinicians with a special interest in the specific area, who wish to develop specialist skills. The service is happy to support them through training and specialist supervision.

The role will involve broader liaison and joint working with other services/stakeholders including IAPT and external agencies to address service users' psychological needs in a variety of ways.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would be a member of one of three MDTs in Hounslow, and would be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of treatment pathways within these teams. But also to support the teams more generally in formulating and caring for service users with post-traumatic stress disorder and history of multiple traumas.

The psychology team aims to offer a range of evidence-based treatments, including EMDR, trauma focused CBT and compassion focused therapy. Training in all these therapies is made available, delivered by expert external providers, and supported with the necessary specialist supervision.

As well as working within an MDT, the post holder will be part of the wider MINT psychology team, covering the three MINT teams in Hounslow. This includes clinical and counselling psychologists, CBT therapists, and clinical associate psychologists, as well as students and trainees. We work together in delivering evidence based group therapies and reflective practice. We also promote the principles of trauma informed care. You will also develop close working relationships with other local psychologists in related services.

The Trust is committed to developing excellent services and the post holder will be part of a team excited by, and striving for, optimal recovery outcomes for each individual who uses our services. We are looking for someone to develop and deliver comprehensive packages of care which are both psychologically and trauma informed.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post-holder will contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

The post-holder will be responsible, as a member of the psychology service, for the provision of a full and comprehensive specialist psychology service to culturally diverse service users with severe and enduring mental health disorders. They will contribute to meetings where referrals and service users presentations are discussed, providing specialist psychological assessments and therapies and advice on risk management, and consultation to other colleagues involved in service users care. Furthermore, the psychological support includes a well-developed group programme with specialist groups and the post-holder will have the opportunity to facilitate some of them.

The post holder will work as a clinical member of a multi-disciplinary team, including appropriate attendance at team and other service user related meetings. The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

As an autonomous practitioner he/she will be responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree (2:1 minimum) in Psychology.
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Training in clinical supervision for doctoral, and equivalent, trainees
  • Other related academic and post-graduate qualifications
  • Evidence of post-doctoral training in psychological therapies for post-traumatic stress disorder and complex trauma.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of working as a qualified (specialist) psychologist in a relevant clinical setting
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of psychometric / neuropsychological tests
Knowledge Essential
  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice
  • Completion of at least 1 year's supervised practice in specialist clinical practice
  • Good understanding of the principles of trauma informed care
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of complex mental health problems
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for work in relevant setting
Skills Essential
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere.
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options), Where expert opinions may differ
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes (individual or group) involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software
  • Able to sit for lengthy periods of time while demonstrating active listening skills
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods
  • Able to function in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with service users with serious mental illness, histories of homicide and serious violence, self-harm, sexual abuse)
  • Working knowledge of SPSS
Other Requirements Essential
  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS
  • Must be capable of being guided by precedent, clearly defined policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  • Able to reflect on own professional practice
  • Willing to participate actively in CPD in line with BPS guidelines
  • 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.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

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