Clinical / Counselling Psychologist (FREED Pathway)

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£43,805 to £55,383 a year per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Eating Disorders
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
We are delighted to have secured additional funding for a substantive specialist clinical / counselling psychologist. This is so that we can continue to implement the FREED approach to enable rapid access to treatment for young adults presenting with the first episode of an eating disorder. We are seeking a qualified clinical / counselling psychologist to work in our friendly service and focus on the implementation and expansion of the FREED pathway. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about working with a range of clients in the 18-25 age range and their families. The post is substantive and funded for up to 4.5 days (33.75 hours per week). We are happy to discuss other part-time hours too.

Perceptorship option: We will also consider applications from newly qualified and recently qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists eligible to occupy the post at band 7 in a preceptorship role.

An applicant appointed to the band 7 preceptorship role will be supported through a preceptorship model that includes a professional and clinical development plan and ring-fenced funding (example: up to £4, 500 per year) for continuing professional development training. A Preceptorship Clinical/Counselling Psychologist will be supported to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience that meet the person specifications for the post at band 8a. Where these conditions are met the post holder will be expected to progress to band 8a subject to successful interview.

Main duties of the job

The role involves managing all young adult referrals and some transition liaison with our colleagues in the Child & Adolescent ED service. The psychologist will join the 'FREED mini team' to track all referrals for 18 to 25-year olds and conduct an 'engagement call' within 48 hours of a referral being received. The postholder will endeavour to maintain the enthusiasm for FREED within the team and beyond (building links with relevant services and universities), through training and regular updates/liaison. You will provide supervision to qualified and non-qualified staff and work with the FREED champion to provide assessment and evidence-based treatment for FREED patients.

The role will require good organisation skills, creative thinking/problem solving, as well as leadership and passion. Ideally the post holder will have experience of working with people with eating disorders but we welcome applications from those who have worked in other specialities who can transfer their skills to an eating disorder service. Hybrid working and flexible working patterns are possible. There are lots of exciting CPD and service development opportunities and we have good links with neighbouring specialist eating disorders services and universities.

Please note candidates need to be qualified clinical/counselling psychologists (or about to qualify) and registered with the Health & Care Professions Council or clearly state in their application how they are planning to achieve this registration.

About us

The Adult Eating Disorders service is a large well-established service with an experienced multidisciplinary team of clinicians. The post holder would be working in the outpatient team. The team works with a caseload of approximately 200 clients with severe eating disorders from the 5 boroughs that the Trust serves.

Evidence-based psychological therapy models are well regarded within the service. The team enjoys agile working so there is the opportunity to do some work from home but there is an expectation of face to face sessions when it is clinically indicated so the ability to travel to our main base at Springfield and other Trust locations is essential. There is opportunity for joint working, monthly in house CPD meetings, a robust induction and excellent supervision.

About the location:

Our Trust headquarters is located within the impressive grounds of Springfield University Hospital in Tooting, and we also operate in other locations throughout the UK. This is easily accessible via the Northern Line (Tooting Bec Station) and via private transport. The Trust provides subsidised parking fares for all our substantive staff. Our main site is located immediately next to Tooting High Street where staff can easily access a range of shops, cafs, restaurants etc.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified clinical/counselling psychology service to clients of the team, across all sectors of care; providing highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

The Adult Eating Disorders Service is currently expanding to enable delivery of FREED (First episode Rapid Early intervention for Eating Disorders), alongside their existing service.

The post holder has primary responsibility for ensuring its smooth and effective implementation as the one of the senior FREED clinicians. This will involve considerable liaison with Primary Care Services, education and promotion of a new treatment pathway.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings
  • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • oDemonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision while working as a specialist clinical/counselling psychologist or as a specialist cognitive behaviour therapist (significant demonstrable experience) or an alternative agreed by the Head of Psychology and Psychotherapies
  • oExperience of working with clients with eating disorders, delivering psychological assessment and treatment, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, on an individual and group basis
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • oExperience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • oExperience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework
Training & Qualifications Essential
  • oSuccessful completion of post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS prior to July 2009, or approved by the HCPC from July 2009, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC
  • oRegistered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) in the appropriate professional domain OR Accredited practitioner of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy [CBT] by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • oAdvanced training in Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy.

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