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Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist - Rehabilitation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
St Albans
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (min £1,136 max £1,915)
Closing date
28 Mar 2023
We are looking for Clinical/ Counselling Psychologists to join the Rehabilitation Services at Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) based in the county of Hertfordshire. Our Rehabilitation Services are always striving to improve and provide the best quality of service available whilst promoting clinical excellence. The service is currently going through an exciting expansion with the expectation that we can avoid hospital treatment where possible, or reduce the length of inpatient stay and improve outcomes by improving quality of life and reducing the incidences of service users being readmitted to hospital.

Our Rehabilitation Services works to a whole systems approach to recovery from severe mental illness that maximises an individual's quality of life and social inclusion by encouraging their skills, promoting independence and autonomy to give individuals hope for the future and leading to successful community living through appropriate support. We aim to provide evidence-based interventions through a full range of multi-disciplinary team interventions to support the individual achieve this.

The successful candidate will receive up to £120 towards their registration fee, which will be paid upon commencement. This payment will be subject to tax and national insurance deductions.

Main duties of the job

Our residential rehab units are sited within beautiful Hertfordshire and offer support to individuals recovering from significant mental health difficulties. The role would suit someone with an interest in working with individuals recovering from psychosis offering a range of interventions to individuals and their families. An essential part of the role involves consultation and support to the broader clinical team and a strong understanding of trauma informed approaches would be an advantage. The Rehab service is in a period of development and expansion, offering real opportunity to work alongside the Senior psychological service lead, multi-disciplinary colleagues, service users and carers to be part of service developments.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description Job responsibilities

Our Rehabilitation Services provide 7 day a week services across both inpatient and community services. The service is made up of the following components:

Inpatient Wards:
  • The Beacon, St Albans 17 Bedded Unit
  • Hampden House, Hitchin - 12 Bedded Unit
  • Gainsford House, Hitchin 12 Bedded Unit

  • The post would be based out of our St Albans service, but covers other locations in North Herts. Flexible and part time working arrangements are possible.

    Car driver essential, or access to a car (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).

    We offer our staff a wide range of benefits including work life balance policies, childcare savings, a free Counselling Service, Occupational Health Services, excellent pension scheme and NHS shopping discounts.

    For more of an insight into what it is like to work with the Rehabilitation service please click on the link to view a video about our EROS service:

    For more information, please contact Fiona Roberts, Head of Adult Mental Health Psychological Services on 07810636740 or Chris Davis, Service Line Lead on 07920588344

    Person Specification KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE Essential
    • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or fully completed training as a Counselling Psychologist.
    • Post-qualification training in assessment and intervention models in one or more of the following: CBT, Systemic Therapy, Family Interventions.
    • Current full registration with HCPC
    • Training in risk assessment and management.
    • At least two years' experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with psychotic presentations in a relevant service.
    • Experience of supervising qualified clinical staff from a range of professional backgrounds including HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologists.
    • 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, including those with physical health conditions and or long term conditions across the whole life span's presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity whilst maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Knowledge of whole life span development and the impact on emotional, psychological and mental well-being.
    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two evidence based psychological interventions including CBT, Systemic Therapy or Family Interventions.
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the fields of Clinical / Counselling Psychology.
    • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration.
    • Ability to provide consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to take the appropriate action to address any issues or risks.
    • Awareness of Child and Adult Safeguarding Procedures.
    • Awareness of current NHS initiatives and developments.
    • Knowledge of legislation and the national agenda in relation to adult mental health and psychological working in long term conditions.
    • Knowledge and awareness of specific clinical practices and issues relating to clients withing rehab settings.
    • Ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team.
    • Experience of service quality monitoring e.g. clinical audit, evaluative research, etc.
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
    • Experience of service development/project management.
    • Significant experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with psychotic presentations in a relevant service.

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