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Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist x3

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Highly Specialist Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

This role can be for newly qualified Band 7 psychologist or experienced psychologist to be appointed at Band 8a.

We are excited to recruit a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to a new position in Kingston borough, that enables a smooth transition of young people from children to adult services. The role is part of the Kingston Complex Needs Pathway that offers treatments to people with complex emotional needs. This role will focus on transitions and the needs of 18-25 year olds and their families.

Complex Needs teams in the Trust are multidisciplinary including Clinical and Counselling Psychologists. We also have strong connections with Clinical and Counselling Psychologists in adult and child services and you would form part of these professional networks.

We welcome applications from final year or newly qualified Clinical / Counselling Psychologists Trainee Clinical Psychologists, with less than 18 months post qualification experience, who could progress from a Band 7 preceptorship to a Band 8a in this post. For preceptorship posts, there will be dedicated CPD funding.

Career Progression pathways and development opportunities:

We are committed to supporting staff in their career aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles across different specialties.

Main duties of the job

This post offersa number of opportunities for further training and development; for example, to train in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), to develop this new CAMHS transition's role, develop family interventions and focused work for 18-25-year-old people. In addition, you will take a lead in the assessment and engagement of young people with complex emotional and relational needs.

The person recruited would need to be able to develop excellent relationships with the young person and their families/carers to enable trust to be developed to facilitate engagement and understanding of their difficulties.

You would also need to be able to work across the different teams involved in transitioning their care, both within the Trust and our partner organisations.

About us

You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team but will also have regular opportunities for support and working with other Clinical and Counselling Psychologists.
  • Complex Needs Services for this role are based in Kingston, but you are also likely to work in the neighbouring borough of Richmond. You may also occasionally be required to travel to Trust Headquarters in Wandsworth for training and CPD purposed.

The Trust covers five boroughs of Wandsworth, Richmond, Merton, Sutton, and Kingston. Each borough has an established complex needs service. These services are currently being transformed across the Trust to ensure that all clients have access to the same range of treatments.

Kingston and Richmond are currently separate teams, but these are likely to merge under current transformation plans. The Kingston team is based at Tolworth Hospital and currently primarily offers DBT interventions.

The Richmond team offers primarily MBT and is currently located in Teddington but will move back to Barnes in due course. It is therefore likely that this role will cover both boroughs following transformation.

This is an exciting new role and will includeregular opportunities for individual and group supervision to support your development.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling psychology service with an emphasis on provision for 1825-year-olds, their families and transitions from Childrens Mental Health Services (CAMHS); The role is part of our Complex Needs Services, that offer specialist treatments to people with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder.

The role includes liaison, consultation, assessment as well as delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. This is the key modality offered in CAMHS and so this would enable a shared understanding between client and the transition worker, and also between professionals. If the candidate does not have training in DBT then this will be provided.

The role will be to work within complex needs services to enable transition of young people from Child to Adult Services with an emphasis on those with complex emotional and relational difficulties that may meet criteria for a diagnosis of Personality Disorder. To achieve this the post holder will work closely with CAMHS colleagues and Adult Services.

The role will include developing a family programme for the families to be involved in that transition and is part of a wider transformation programme meeting the needs of young people who access mental health services.

The postholder will be providing highly specialist psychological assessment and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, nonprofessional careers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service.

The Trust also supports staff to attend Health Education England funded training in a variety of interventions and has expanded the delivery of EMDR therapy over recent years, and this is another area for potential development. The Trust also provides an additionalprogramme of regular CPDcovering a wide range of clinical topics.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
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
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course with 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
  • Experience of working with people who experience severe, complex and long-term mental health problems
  • Experience of working with young people 16-18 years old
  • For 8a: Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision while working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • oSkilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • oWell-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to adults with mental health problems
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups working in primary care
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by the HPC / BABCP.
  • oKnowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised group and individual psychological therapies including advanced level training in CBT
  • oKnowledge of the academic literature concerning common mental disorders in general practice

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