Senior Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Prison and Forensic
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Psychologist/Psychotherapist to work on our acute mental health wards. You will be working in a dynamic environment delivering assessments and case formulations for complex clients. You will have an interest in providing brief, focused individual and group therapy interventions and supporting ward teams with psychologically informed practice ranging from positive behaviour support plans to reflective practice groups.

The post holder has an important strategic and liaison function to support the transition of patients between services. The successful candidate will also offer clinical supervision to assistant psychologists and trainees as well as Band 7 Psychologists. There will also be opportunity to develop your management skills. You will offer clinical supervision for our multi-disciplinary colleagues. There will be opportunities to take a lead role in service development, evaluating the outcomes of psychological work and publishing that research. We have good links to the Salomons Clinical Psychology training scheme.

We welcome applications from candidates in the final year of clinical training.


Band 7 preceptorship post

Main duties of the job

  • We will support you though regular clinical and managerial supervision as well as training to develop both professionally and personally within the role. There are CPD options as well as opportunities to join specialist supervision groups such as the Trauma Clinical Network Group.
  • To be responsible for the systematic provision of Specialist Clinical Psychology Services to clients with complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties entering Acute services
  • To undertake high quality direct (assessment and therapeutic) and indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) specialist psychology interventions in these services taking substantial professional responsibility and exercising autonomous judgement in their professional practice.
  • To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.
  • To be regularly responsible for providing training placements for trainee clinical/counselling psychologists in this specialism.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessment of clients with complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties referred to acute services, utilising information from a broad range of structured psychometric and semi-structured clinical methodologies and integrating it into a psychological formulation of the client and the psychosocial environment, drawing on a range of psychological theoretical perspectives.
  • To formulate and implement plans of specialist psychological treatment or management of clients mental health problems based on a multi-factorial psychological understanding and current evidence-based best practice.
  • To undertake a range of psychological therapeutic interventions, drawing on a range of psychological models and employing a range of modalities (individual, family and group) adapted and tailored to the needs of the individual and the context and the ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of the intervention.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of the Personality Disorder Pathway work (DBT informed groups, complex psychological formulation and family work) on the acute wards and to work closely and collaboratively with community colleagues to enable the smooth transition of these patients back to the community.
  • To be responsible for the implementation of the pathways for the full range of mental health presentations including psychosis to ensure that the needs of all patients are adequately met.
  • To be responsible for providing a specialist psychological perspective in the multi-disciplinary assessment of service users and their families.
  • To contribute specialist psychological advice to the multi-disciplinary formulation of appropriate therapeutic approaches or intervention plans, and to be involved in, or oversee specialist psychological aspects of their implementation in collaboration with other staff. This will include offering case discussion/reflective practice sessions weekly on the wards and monthly to the Crisis teams.
  • To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and risk management for relevant clients and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
  • To consult with and provide specialist psychological guidance to carers and families of service users. This includes family intervention work, actively engaging with families and carers in the care plans and joined up decision making.
  • To take substantial professional responsibility and exercise autonomous judgement with regard to their professional practice.

  • Please see job description for full details.

    Person Specification expeience Essential
    • Reflective Practice
    • Experience running groups
    Qualifications & Experience Essential
    • HCPC registered
    • supervision of others
    • experience of running reflective practice groups
    • experience of running groups
    • training in complex MH problems
    Experience Essential
    • Reflective Practice
    • Experience running groups
    expeience Essential
    • working in an acute setting
    • working with complex cases

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