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B6-7 Development Post- Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£35,391 to £49,587 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
25 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are delighted to be recruiting a 3rd Year Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join SABP's Tandridge Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRS)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and innovative 3rd Year Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/ or HCPC Clinical/Counselling Psychologist with experience of, and a keen interest in mental health. We welcome applicants who are either in the third year of a formally taught Clinical/Counselling Psychology Doctorate, newly qualified or qualified with post-qualification experience. Any job offer will be dependent on meeting the person spec and/or HCPC registration. Any candidates who are within 12 months of attaining HCPC registration are encouraged to apply as well.

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 and the large geographical area that this post covers.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will utilise a diverse range of professional skills including comprehensive assessments and formulations, therapy interventions, consultation and training to non-psychology colleagues, and contribution to service development initiatives.

The post holder will be professionally supervised by an experienced HCPC Applied Senior Psychologist and will be well supported within the psychology departments, where Continuing Professional Development and staff support are highly valued.

There will also be opportunities to meet regularly with other Trainee and qualified Psychologists across the Trust for CPD events and service development/transformation projects

Job Overview:

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

To supervise and teach unqualified staff including students

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

To support team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

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

Job Overview

To be a core member of the multidisciplinary team, participating in the provision of assessments, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the psychological needs of people using our services to promote health independence and recovery. A Band 6 will be offered close supervision of an (HCPC) registered practitioner psychologist.

To teach unqualified staff

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

To support team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivery of effective services

Key Responsibilities

Band 6

To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, procedures and legislation.

Under the supervision of a HCPC registered practitioner psychologist, carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments, formulate psychological needs, and plan, implement and evaluate delivery of individual and group psychology interventions and consultations.

To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans that are shared with the service user and MDT.

Ensure that a carers assessment is offed to carers of service users, as in line with Standard 6 of the National Service Framework.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

Ensure detailed and appropriate records are maintained to demonstrate that contact with people who use services, and their carers, is meaningful and effective.

To show personal and professional development through weekly clinical supervision, shadowing, joint working, personal study/CPD and reflection.

Band 7 Key responsibilities

To lead and hold professional responsibility for the psychological care plan for individuals who use our services.

To contribute to the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and other professionals as required.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To lead the development, maintenance, and monitoring of service standards, collect and collate data/ information effectively for the purpose of audit, research, and service performance.

Development Expectations: Overview.

The person will be allocated an (HCPC) registered practitioner psychologist to support them throughout their band 6 preceptorship. The following is an outline of the development expectations over time for the post. However, it is not exhaustive.

The clinical and managerial supervision process within the Community CMHRS teams will monitor and tailor the process to each individual and will monitor progress after 6 months.

It is expected that by the end of the 3rd year of training on the Clinical/Counselling Psychology Doctorate the person will be able to demonstrate meeting the required competencies at a Band 7 level as outlined in the above job description and that the person has taken direct responsibility for that development or communicated difficulties in doing so via the support systems provided.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology, or an equivalent qualification, which confers eligibility for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) of the British Psychological Society.
  • Post-graduate skills training across a range of psychological models, for example systemic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic.
  • Enrolled in a recognized HCPC-approved and BPS accredited Professional Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a third-year trainee.
  • Band 7 Practitioner Psychology Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registration.
Experience Essential
  • Band 6 and Band 7
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work in a clinical, community, or clinical-academic setting exposing the person to client groups and service settings directly relevant to the application of psychology in a clinical setting.
  • Band 7
  • Experience working with people from across the lifespan with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience in the practical application of a range of psychological models including systemic, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic.
  • Suitable for someone who is innovative and passionate about providing high-quality holistic psychological interventions for adults with mental health needs who have been identified as in need of community CMHRS support, interventions, and treatment to enable them to reach recovery and develop resilience.

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The Caterham Dene Hospital

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