Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year including HCAS
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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We are looking for a Band 8a Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologist to join our friendly and innovative Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIIP) Service. This would be ideal for an 8a looking to develop their experience in early intervention, or for a Band 7 who is ready to take up a more senior role.

This is an exciting time to be involved in early intervention, with national recognition of the effectiveness of the model leading to plans to expand and enhance the care that we provide. The role offers excellent professional development; including service development and leadership responsibilities within the psychology team.

You will be supervised by the Principal Psychologist, Band 8b and you will join part of the therapies team in EIIP which includes a band 7 psychologists and CBT Therapists. You will also be part of the wider team of Psychologists across the Trust in the Working Age Adult Directorate and there will be good opportunities for continuing professional development and support for relevant internal and external training opportunities.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be involved in assessment of clients referred to the team and will provide psychological therapy to clients and in formulation.
  • Collaborate closely with your MDT colleagues whilst also retaining the distinctive skills of a psychologist. Whilst you will be part of supportive teams, you will need to be able to work autonomously in visiting clients across a large catchment area.
  • Assist the Principal Psychologist in coordinating referrals to Psychology and service development.
  • Provide teaching and consultation to MDT colleagues and provide psychological opinion and knowledge within a friendly MDT
  • Provide individual and group psychological interventions including CBT for psychosis and an ACT for psychosis group
  • You will also have the opportunity to provide family interventions and support the team in the provision of this treatment
  • To supervise band 7 psychology colleagues

About us

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.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

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

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 and interventions; providing consultation, supervision and guidance to band 7, trainee, assistant psychologists and others as required.

Job Overview:

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

To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

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

Work collaboratively with team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services

The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within the service

To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism

Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role.

Please refer the attached job decription for full details

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapy.
  • Training and experience in an evidence-based trauma therapy and CBT. Demonstrable post registration/clinical experience and competency relevant to this care group.
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists.
  • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.
  • Training and experience in other therapy models including third-wave CBT such as ACT, DBT, CFT.
  • Training in CBT for psychosis.
Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent. Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post). Training and experience in an evidence-based trauma therapy.

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