Clinical/Counselling Psychologist: Specialist (Part-time)

Clinical · London, Hammersmith and Fulham
Department Clinical
Employment Type Part-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced
Compensation £55-65k

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist: Specialist

 

GENERAL INFORMATION/JOB DESCRIPTION  

 

Job Title: Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist X 2  Profile: Specialist  

Salary: £55,000 pro rata  

Superannuation: Competitive  

Hours: 18.75 hours per week  

Annual leave: 27 days + 8 bank holidays (pro rata)  

Contract: Permanent (subject to 6 month probationary period)  Accountable to: Clinical Lead and Service Lead, My Online Therapy  CRB Check: Enhanced Level of Disclosure  


Purpose of the job:  

The post-holder will provide a specialist psychology service to clients of My Online Therapy  (MOT). They will provide, remotely via the MOT online platform, specialist psychological  assessment and therapy for clients from diverse backgrounds presenting with a range of  difficulties as typically seen in primary care settings. They will provide high quality evidence  based psychological treatments tailored to the needs of their clients. They will be expected  to see 5-6 clients per 7.5 hour day and to work within the protocols and frameworks as set  by MOT. The post-holder will be able to determine their own working pattern, provided this  fits with and is responsive to the needs of MOT.  


MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Clinical:  

  1. To accept referrals via agreed protocols within the service  
  2. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients of MOT based upon the  appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources  including self-report measures, rating scales, observations and interviews with clients, as  appropriate  
  3. To offer formulation-driven, evidence-based psychological therapy to MOT clients, which  may include individuals, couples and/or families, presenting with a wide range of  psychological difficulties as typically seen in primary care settings  
  4. To provide psychological therapy in a flexible way that is centred around the needs and  preferences of the client; this will include the provision of text-based interventions, where  appropriate  
  5. To plan and prioritise workload effectively and autonomously; to be responsible and  accountable for managing one’s caseload  
  1. To conduct risk assessments, prepare risk management plans, and initiate appropriate  action where indicated (including referrals to relevant services, if appropriate)  
  2. To adhere to an agreed activity contract relating to the number of clinical sessions carried  out per week (this is set at 5-6 clients per 7.5 hour day).  
  3. To evaluate therapeutic outcomes via agreed protocols within the service  
  4. To undertake such other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the post, as may be  agreed with the Clinical Lead/Service Lead  

Communication and Relationship skills: 

  1. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry  and recording and report writing  
  2. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner concerning the assessment,  formulation and treatment plans of clients  
  3. To develop and maintain professional therapeutic relationships with clients using  advanced psychological therapy skills to bring about lasting psychological change  
  4. To communicate as appropriate with external agencies and provider partners  5. To proactively develop robust professional relationships within MOT  

Mental and Emotional Effort:  

  1. Frequent requirement for intense concentration in the delivery of high quality therapy by  being aware of the client’s psychological state, assessing this and responding  appropriately.  
  2. Frequent exposure to distressing or emotional circumstances arising from therapeutic  contact with clients requiring emotional engagement with the material discussed,  emotional self-regulation by the therapist and the delivery of a therapeutic response within  professional boundaries  

Training and supervision  

  1. To receive regular clinical supervision from a senior psychologist  
  2. To proactively take responsibility for attending supervision, case management and line  management regularly, participate in objective setting, performance review, and respond  to agreed objectives  
  3. To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychological  methods across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective  practitioner, through engaging in continued professional development activities and  maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of applied  psychology and related disciplines  
  4. Support peer learning through attending and contributing to training webinars/CPD events  

General and Professional  

1.To exercise personal responsibility for the systematic clinical governance of your own  professional practices, in accordance with relevant professional codes of practice and MOT  policies, protocols and standards.  

2.To attend professional meetings as appropriate

  1. To take a positive and constructive attitude towards change 
  2. To ensure client confidentiality is protected at all times 

Audit and service evaluation  

  1. To participate in the development of a high quality, responsive and accessible service  2. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based  practice in clinical work  
  2. To participate in clinical audit and service evaluation with colleagues within the service, to  help evaluate and improve service provision  

Policies  

  1. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues  in relation to mental health. For this post these specifically include current mental  health legislation, risk assessment and management, clinical governance, and NICE  guidelines  
  2. Health and Safety: Under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 it is the responsibility of  individual employees at every level to take care of their own health and safety at work  and that of others with management in complying health and safety obligations  
  3. Equal Opportunities: MOT is committed to equity of opportunity for all employees, job  applicants and clients. We are committed to ensuring that no one will be discriminated  against on the grounds of race, colour, creed, ethnic or national origin, disability,  religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or marital status. We commit ourselves to promote  equal opportunities and value diversity and will keep under review our policies,  procedures and practices to ensure that all employees, users and providers of our  services are treated according to their needs.  
  4. Alcohol: To recognise that even small amounts of alcohol can impair work performance  and affect one’s ability to deal with clients in a proper and acceptable manner.  Consumption of alcohol during work hours is not permitted.  
  5. Data Protection Act: To maintain the confidentiality of all electronically stored personal  data in line with the provision of the Data Protection Act. To carry out responsibilities  with regard to the Access and health Records ACT 1990 as per Data Protection Act.  
  6. Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults: To carry out responsibilities in such a  way as to minimise risk of harm to children, young people and vulnerable adults and  promote their welfare in accordance with current legislation  


PERSON SPECIFICATION  


Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist  


Qualification:

Essential:

- Doctoral level training (or equivalent) in clinical/ counselling psychology as accredited by the BPS  

- HCPC registration as a Counselling or Clinical  Psychologist

Desirable:

- Additional post qualification training in an evidence based psychological therapy approach.

- Good record of  continuing professional development.


Knowledge and Experience:

Essential:

- High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at  least two evidence-based psychological therapies  

- Experience of the application of psychological  approaches in diverse cultural contexts  

- Experience of working with a wide variety of client  groups, across the whole life course presenting with  problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity  

- Experience of specialist psychological assessment  and treatment of clients across the full range of care  settings, including outpatient, community, day services  and inpatient settings  

- Experience of providing psychological therapy online  Understanding of issues surrounding clinical risk  

- Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for  clients’ psychological care, treatment and discharge  

- Knowledge of legislation relevant to mental health

Desirable:

- Experience of working in private  practice  

- Post qualification experience of working in the NHS, ideally including work with  adults within mental health or  physical health settings  

- Experience of delivering text based interventions  

- Experience of working clinically  outside of the UK


Skills and Competencies:

Essential:

- An ability to provide specialist psychological  assessments based on the appropriate use,  interpretation and integration of complex data from a  variety of sources  

- An ability to draw on a range of explanatory models to  develop flexible, compassionate psychological  formulations of clients’ difficulties  

- Ability to implement a range of formulation-driven  psychological interventions for clients presenting with  the full range of difficulties as typically seen in primary  care  

- Ability to carry out high quality risk assessments  

- Ability to develop good therapeutic relationships with  clients  

- Ability to work as part of a team and develop good  working relationships both within MOT and with  related organisations  

- Ability to use clinical supervision and case  management positively and effectively  

- Ability to meet agreed service targets  

- Ability to maintain sustained and intense concentration  over long periods of time  

- Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in  the face of highly emotive and distressing problems  and verbal abuse  

- Excellent IT skills  

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills  

- Good organisational and time management skills,  ability to plan and prioritise own workload  

- Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical  governance as appropriate, to support and maintain  clinical practice 

Desirable:

Skills in working  therapeutically with couples


Personal Qualities:

Essential:

- Passionate about offering therapy in non-traditional  formats  

- High levels of enthusiasm and motivation  

- A positive approach to working with people with  mental health difficulties  

- Willingness to work flexibly  

- Interest in working with a relatively new, dynamic  organisation  

- Self-reflective, whilst working with clients, and in  personal and professional development and in  supervision

Desirable:

- A willingness to  engage with issues relating to structural and systemic inequality in the professions of clinical/counselling psychology  

- From diverse background underrepresented in service delivery  

- Fluent in languages other  than English


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  • Location
    London, Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Department
    Clinical
  • Employment Type
    Part-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Experienced
  • Compensation
    £55-65k