Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Cognitive Behavioral Therapist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata. Includes High Cost Allowance
Closing date
30 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust is an Outstanding Provider of Mental Health Services.

We are seeking to recruit a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to work in the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Teams based in Saffron Ground, Stevenage and Cygnet House, Ware.

The crisis services across Hertfordshire have recently been part of a transformation project in which additional funding was secured to expand the teams to reflect a more comprehensive multi-disciplinary team. This is in line with best practice for Crisis Resolution.

We are developing Trauma Informed Approaches across all adult mental health services including our CRHTTs. So if you are interested in implementing this perspective, it is a good opportunity to join us.

Main duties of the job

You will be:
  • Working as part of Multidisciplinary team
  • Suited to working in a fast paced, energetic and creative mental health field at the cutting edge of crisis care.
  • It is not a requirement that candidates have prior experience of Crisis Resolution working and we will consider applicants from a wide range of fields able to demonstrate transferable skills and competencies.
  • Ambitious to work within this engaging role, in a high paced environment, with real scope to develop and influence psychologically informed practice within the team.

The role:
  • Providing brief evidence based psychological intervention, therapy, Cognitive Behavioural interventions for service users currently under the Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. These will be formulation driven, targeted interventions that look to stabilise the crisis in the first instance and then facilitate further recovery and relapse prevention.
  • This is a varied role with opportunities to develop individual work, group work, family interventions, case consultation and leadership responsibilities. You will be supported by senior Clinical Psychologists in both teams.
  • To support the provision of psychologically informed crisis interventions across the wider crisis team. Part of this is to ensure a formulation driven approach sits alongside a diagnostic one.

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 theCare 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

Please see attached job description and person specification in the documents section for more details of the main responsibilities.

Person Specification Knowledge, Training Essential
  • Qualification from a High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate Diploma)
  • Accreditation with the BABCP as a qualified CBT Therapist
  • Experience working as a qualified practitioner with clients with moderate to severe mental illness within a mental health setting.
  • Current full registration with HCPC
  • Post-qualification training in assessment and intervention models in one or more of the following: Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) Systemic Therapy, Family Interventions.
  • Experience of working within secondary care and/or acute or crisis services.
  • Experience of working with either Personality Disorder and/or Psychosis
  • Experience of supervising Assistant/Graduate Psychologists or other clinical staff from a range of professional backgrounds (including PWP's).
Areas of Experience, Knowledge Essential
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, 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 one evidence based psychological interventions such as CBT, Systemic Therapy or Family Interventions.
  • 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.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working and inter-agency collaboration.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or offering supervision
Communication Skills Essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate therapeutically with clients and their families consistent with their level of understanding, culture, background and preferred ways of communicating.
Analytical Skills Essential
  • Positive problem-solving approach.
  • Ability to critically evaluate and review developments made by others to determine if and how they could be applied within own area of work.
Physical Skills Essential
  • Car Driver (unless you have a disability as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act 1995).
  • IT Skills; including the use of Microsoft Office and Outlook, entering data onto electronic patient records.

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