Job summary

Are you a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)? Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to work in an environment where you can use your clinical skills and your creativity to achieve the best for people?

Main duties of the job

An opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to be part of our multidisciplinary team, delivering comprehensive assessment, formulation and recovery focussed interventions to people who are experiencing homelessness.

Under the supervision of a senior HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, the post holder will ensure that people who access our services receive high quality care that adheres to best practice guidelines. The post holder will aim to reduce the distress and improve the psychological well-being of people in treatment. You will also be part of our national Psychology Directorate for reflective practice, peer support, research, and CPD opportunities.

Our model emphasises physical, psychological, and emotional safety and helps people to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment in their lives and in their communities. The post holder will work to ensure that psychological perspectives are central to everyone’s thinking. They will support the empowerment of teams and individuals to increase knowledge, skills, and professional confidence around the needs of the people who access our services. Through consultancy, reflective practice, team formulation, training and clinical case management, the post holder will help the wider team create an innovative and effective trauma-informed service

About us

Believe in people

At Change Grow Live, above all else we believe in people. It’s the one thing that acts as a foundation for all our work.

If you use our services: we understand what you’re going through. We won’t judge. We believe you can make positive changes in your life.

If you work or volunteer for us: we believe in your potential. We believe you can do brilliant, life-changing work.

Our mission and vision

Our mission is to help people change the direction of their lives, grow as individuals, and live life to its full potential.

The vision we’re working towards is to develop, deliver and share a whole person approach that changes society.

We believe that having diverse people working as part of our team makes us the organisation that we are.

We actively encourage applications from people from all backgrounds to help us to provide the best possible experience for the people who use our services and to make Change Grow Live a great place to work.

The safety of vulnerable children, young people and adults is our absolute priority. We will support you in your role to make sure that you are equipped to support the safety of people who use our services and those around them, to the highest standard possible.

Date posted

21 December 2022

Pay scheme

Other

Salary

£43,184.65 to £48,410.34 a year

Contract

Permanent

Working pattern

Part-time

Reference number

U0080-22-6374

Job locations

County Wide

Cambridgeshire

CB5 8HA

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake a range of specialist clinical work relating to problem substance use, recovery, trauma, and other mental health challenges.

To contribute to multidisciplinary assessment of, and intervention for people with complex needs.

To contribute to the delivery of reflective practice groups, team formulations and other psychologically informed approaches for clinical and non-clinical teams.

To contribute to the development, evaluation, and delivery of specialist training around psychological and psychosocial intervention.

To contribute to research at the local and national level.

To demonstrate clinical leadership through personal conduct and practice.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To undertake a range of specialist clinical work relating to problem substance use, recovery, trauma, and other mental health challenges.

To contribute to multidisciplinary assessment of, and intervention for people with complex needs.

To contribute to the delivery of reflective practice groups, team formulations and other psychologically informed approaches for clinical and non-clinical teams.

To contribute to the development, evaluation, and delivery of specialist training around psychological and psychosocial intervention.

To contribute to research at the local and national level.

To demonstrate clinical leadership through personal conduct and practice.

Person Specification

Skills/Abilities

Essential

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention, and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills. Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning. The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse. Planning and organising skills for caseload management. Skills in self-management, including time-management. Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to people who access our services, their families, carers and other professional colleagues across sectors. Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Advanced keyboard skills. Personal Interest, enthusiasm, and commitment in relation to working with people indirectly and directly affected by alcohol and substances. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the service and from other agencies to promote effective team working. Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from people who access our services. Able to contain and work with organisational stress. Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations. Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information. Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice. Good organisational skills Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record.

Desirable

  • High Level Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. Knowledge about addictions and the impact of these on individual and family life. Knowledge of the key psychosocial interventions used within the drug and alcohol field. Knowledge and skills in the use of psychometric and neuropsychological assessment.

Knowledge/Understanding

Essential

  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the cohort of people accessing our services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to addiction and recovery. Evidence of respect for fairness and diversity; awareness and understanding of factors associated with age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity Experience of the application of Clinical or Counselling Psychology in different contexts. Experience of working within a trauma-informed framework Experience of working with people using substances and alcohol

Desirable

  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision. Experience of working in a Substance Misuse service.
Person Specification

Skills/Abilities

Essential

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention, and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills. Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning. The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse, and the threat of physical abuse. Planning and organising skills for caseload management. Skills in self-management, including time-management. Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to people who access our services, their families, carers and other professional colleagues across sectors. Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Advanced keyboard skills. Personal Interest, enthusiasm, and commitment in relation to working with people indirectly and directly affected by alcohol and substances. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the service and from other agencies to promote effective team working. Able to contain and work with high levels of distress from people who access our services. Able to contain and work with organisational stress. Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations. Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information. Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice. Good organisational skills Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record.

Desirable

  • High Level Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health. Knowledge about addictions and the impact of these on individual and family life. Knowledge of the key psychosocial interventions used within the drug and alcohol field. Knowledge and skills in the use of psychometric and neuropsychological assessment.

Knowledge/Understanding

Essential

  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the cohort of people accessing our services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to addiction and recovery. Evidence of respect for fairness and diversity; awareness and understanding of factors associated with age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity.

Qualifications

Essential

  • Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council

Experience

Essential

  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity Experience of the application of Clinical or Counselling Psychology in different contexts. Experience of working within a trauma-informed framework Experience of working with people using substances and alcohol

Desirable

  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision. Experience of working in a Substance Misuse service.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

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

Additional information

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

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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