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Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Exciting new opportunity for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists or Social Worker/Nurse with CBT training in the MINT teams in Hammersmith & Fulham, West London NHS Trust

We are seeking a Band 7 Clinical or Counselling psychologist or Social Worker/Nurse with CBT training 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, including Personality Disorders, Complex Trauma, Psychosis and other mood disorders.

It also involves broader liaison and joint working with services including IAPT and external agencies to deliver on supporting 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 Hammersmith & Fulham, and would be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of treatment pathways within these teams, and to support the teams more generally in formulating and caring for service users.

The psychology team aims to offer a range of evidence-based treatments for the above disorders, including CBT, CBT for psychosis, CFT, ACT, Trauma-Focused CBT, EMDR and DBT. Training in these therapies are 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 Hammersmith & Fulham. This includes clinical and counselling psychologists, CBT therapists, and clinical associate psychologists, assistant psychologists, psychology students and trainee psychologists. We work together in delivering evidence based group therapies and fostering space for reflective practice. You will also develop close working relationships with other local psychologists in related services.

As already mentioned, there is an excellent CPD programme. Half a day a week is set aside for CPD, and training is available in therapies such as EMDR, DBT and CBT for psychosis, which can lead to accreditation in these therapies.

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

What we can offer you:
  • The Trust offers a new and unique benefits package which includes lease cars, discount cards for high street stores, supermarkets, holidays and days out.
  • As a Trust we will provide you with Supervision, on-going Professional development, a stimulating and challenging working environment and opportunities for career development within West London NHS Trust.
  • We can offer bespoke training in relation to community mental health care.
  • A unique opportunity to broaden experience and develop skills in our community services

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or post graduate training in another core mental health profession (social work, nursing, occupational therapy) plus a post graduate diploma or higher degree in CBT.
  • Professional registration with the appropriate Health Professions Council (HCPC, RMN, etc.) and/or To be accredited by the BABCP as a provisionally or fully accredited practitioner, or to be able to achieve provisional practitioner accreditation with the BABCP within six months of starting in post.
  • Advanced keyboard skills
  • Other related academic qualifications
Experience Essential
  • Experience in either a severe and enduring mental disorder or inpatient setting (includes training placements)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of psychology/therapy in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of WAIS tests
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of formal personality tools and/or neuropsychological assessments
Knowledge Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice, particularly in respect of adults with severe and enduring mental health needs (including complex emotional needs and trauma history)
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for work in relevant setting
  • Knowledge of SPSS
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology
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 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)
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Keyboard skills
  • Psychomotor skills necessary to administer complex psychological tests and video equipment
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software
Personal Essential
  • Able to sit for lengthy periods of time while demonstrating active listening skills
  • Able to maintain light physical effort for short periods
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods
  • Able to function in potentially traumatic circumstances and in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with service users with complex mental health difficulties, self-harm, histories of trauma and abuse)
  • Able to provide services in an environment with service users who may be challenging and where the awareness of risk must always be maintained
  • Able to respond adaptably to rapidly changing service demands
Other Requirements Essential
  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS or their professional bodies.
  • Must be capable of being guided by precedent, clearly defined policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  • Able to reflect on own professional practice through the clinical supervision process
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) and willingness to participate actively in CPD in line with BPS' or their professional body's 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.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

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