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Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Incl 5% High Cost Area Supplement
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist, CAMHS nurse
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Practitioner (Clinical or Counselling) Psychologist to join Surrey Mindworks Children and Young Person's (CYPS). We would welcome applications from those who are pending qualification or who are newly qualified! The successful applicant will assess the psychological needs of young people using our services, and plan, implement and evaluate specialist psychological interventions. They will work with diverse children, young people and families with complex and challenging mental health needs. They will mentor, supervise and teach both qualified and unqualified staff, including Trainee Clinical Psychologists from the University of Surrey. They will promote a psychological formulation based approach within the team and will contribute psychological perspectives and advice within team meetings. They will participate in the recruitment of psychological staff. They will lead on service development projects, for example outcome methods and/or group work. They will be supported to continue to develop their own professional skills in order to develop clinical expertise. The SE Community Team is a well-established, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team. Due to the range of skills of team members, practitioner psychologists are able to focus on specialist psychology work rather than generic or duty tasks. There are ample opportunities for high quality and specialist training to support the successful applicants career development.

Main duties of the job

To carry out specialist psychological assessments.

To plan, implement and evaluate psychological interventions, including 1:1 therapy and therapy groups.

To provide supervision, consultation and training to qualified and unqualified staff.

To contribute a psychological perspective to team meetings.

To work with Mindwork Surrey Partners, Education, Social Care and other agencies as required.

To co-lead on service development projects.

About us

The CYPS Community Teams are part of Mindworks Surrey. An alliance between Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust, Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and the Surrey Wellbeing Partnership. Mindworks Surrey use the Thrive framework to best meet the needs of children and young people and ensure they receive the right support at the right time.

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

Job description

My job makes better lives by promoting health and independence for people who use our services and their carers/support staff by delivering high quality psychology assessments, formulation, interventions and consultation and providing supervision and guidance to assistant psychologists and others as required.

Job Overview

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the psychological needs of people using our services

To supervise and teach unqualified staff including students

Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues

To support team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective service

Key Responsibilities

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care.

To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation of children and young people with mental health needs.

Plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support children and young people with mental health needs.

To actively involve children and young people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans.

To maintain clinical records in keeping with service operational policy.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

To contribute to the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

Proactively take responsibility for attending supervision and participate in goal setting and performance reviews.

Attend locally organised and national training appropriate to the role and agreed with line manager.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • HCPC Registration (Applications will be accepted for trainees who are currently Pending Approval with the HCPC)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience of providing cognitive-behavioural therapy and at least one other psychological therapy.
  • Experience of adapting psychological therapy for working with neurodiverse children and their families.
  • Experience of providing therapeutic groups.
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluating interventions including through the use of outcome measures.
  • Ability to make an assessment and formulation of risk and to develop a risk management plan.
  • Using supervision to reflect on development needs and evidence of continuous professional development
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience of using research evidence, audit and service user participation to contribute to service development
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision to assistant psychologists
  • Experience of consultation

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