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Applied Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling) In Early Intervention in Psychosis. Preceptorship opportunity.

Band 7

Main area
Bucks Mental Health Services
Band 7
Full-time, 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
The Whiteleaf Centre
£37,570 to 43,772 per annum
21/11/2019 23:59
Interview date

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


Specialist/Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Preceptorship

Buckinghamshire Early Intervention Service

The Early Intervention in Psychosis service in Oxford Health is a well established, high quality service providing multidisciplinary team working for all those experiencing a first episode of psychosis in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We are a clinical academic service, working alongside researchers from the University of Oxford and with several joint clinical-academic posts within our service. We are at the forefront of undertaking research in the area of early psychosis to better understand the causes of psychosis and the most effective treatments and are then able to directly implement these findings into practice, for the benefit of patients. We are partners of the Oxford AHSN Early Intervention in Mental Health Network).

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic permanent full-time psychologist post in the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service in Buckinghamshire (part-time, job share, flexible hours will be considered). If you're already a psychologist who already has the ability to offer CBT for psychosis and would be able to fulfill the band 8a post requirements we would very much like to hear from you.

The purpose of the post is to provide a highly specialist psychology service to the clients of the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, across a variety of settings. In particular, the post-holder will deliver NICE-recommended individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBTp) to clients with psychosis, and family intervention (FI) to clients with psychosis and their carers.

The post-holder will be expected to see psychologically complex clients, for example, with multiple psychotic symptoms, or psychosis and other co-morbid problems. The treatment requires post-graduate training (in cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis) and we are looking to support the post holder to develop the skills necessary to deliver these interventions. While undertaking the training the post holder will be employed as a band 7, Specialist Psychologist, and upon successful completion of the training will transition into a band 8, Highly Specialist, role.

The post-holder will also provide clinical supervision, consultation and training, initially to the psychology assistants and care coordinators, but upon attaining the band 8a skills will supervise psychological therapists working in the team. The post holder will be expected to utilise research skills for audit, service development and clinically-relevant research. The post-holder will work as part of an MDT and contribute to the wider team functions.

The post will be managed through the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service, with line management and clinical and professional supervision provided by the Principal Counselling Psychologist.    
The successful candidate will have a Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology and will be HCPC registered and BABCP accreditable. Interest and experience in working with clients with psychosis and their carers using a CBT framework is highly desirable.

This will be an exciting opportunity to develop further experience and skills in early intervention for psychosis in both community and inpatient settings. Excellent supervision, support and CPD opportunities are available.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Helena Laughton, 01865 901517.