Applied Psychologist or Accredited Psychological Therapist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
12 Apr 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Our Acute MH Care Service comprises a purpose-built in-patient unit (34 beds) and a Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, which works with people in crisis to offer an alternative to in-patient admission. We also work closely with our neighbouring in-patient rehabilitation unit (15 beds). Psychological therapies are seen as integral to the Acute MH Care Service and are highly valued in this setting.

An excellent opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist, Counselling Psychologist or Accredited Psychological Therapist to take a senior role in the Portsmouth and South East Hampshire (PSEH) Acute MH Care Service and Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHTT). We are looking for a motivated and dedicated person who enjoys the pace of acute work and who is looking to develop their leadership skills as an experienced clinician.

In an exciting development we are currently expanding the clinical leadership roles for psychological professions; the rehabilitation unit is led by a Consultant Psychologist Approved Clinician (AC) and a second Psychologist within the division is pursuing AC status.

This is an invaluable opportunity for a Practitioner Psychologist or Psychological Therapist to really contribute to a recovery agenda within an acute service and to develop their clinical expertise and their skills in leadership and consultation.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will join the dedicated team based at the CRHTT base in Fareham. We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as good links with Southampton University, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology and the Post Graduate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy programme. You would be part of PSEH Psychological Services, which is comprised of 32 psychologists and specialists in psychological therapy with expertise in CBT, DBT, CAT and EMDR.

You will already have experience of working with people with complex difficulties and with people in crisis. You will also be committed to promoting psychological ideas within a multi-disciplinary team.

The post holder will be expected to work with Lead Psychologist for Acute MH Care in the training and supervision of staff. This role will also enable you to build on audit and research skills by taking innovations forward at a strategic level and by contributing to how the team implements policies and procedures.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?

Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?

We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder is a member of the multi-professional team. They will be required to work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies in providing a highly specialist psychological service to individuals referred to the CRHTT. This may include working with families/ carers or other identified person where appropriate. Individuals will primarily present with complex psychological problems that would benefit from the services of the CRHTT.

The post holder will undertake complex assessments, offer consultancy and provide expert advice to CRHTT colleagues, and the wider clinical multi-professional team, other agencies and non-professional carers.

The post holder will provide specialist treatment for complex cases and plan and prioritise their own clinical workload.

The post holder will be expected to comment and propose change to policy or service development within the divisional psychological service and team as necessary.

The post holder will provide specialist supervision for trainee psychologists and psychological therapists and psychological guidance and supervision for multi-professional clinical colleagues. They will engage in research and development, cultivate and encourage a research ethos within the wider clinical team. The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

The post holder will place an emphasis on co-production and demonstrate an attitude which respects and values clients' and their carers and the core values of the trust: clients and people first; partnership; and respect.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Training in Clinical Supervision
  • HCPC Registration

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