Primary Care Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
09 Nov 2019
12 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
We are one of the country's top performing NHS Foundation Trusts, looking after the wellbeing of around half a million people across Northumberland and North Tyneside - one of the largest geographical areas of any NHS Trust in England.

We deliver care from 11 acute sites including an emergency care hospital, general and community hospitals, an outpatient and diagnostic centre, an elderly care unit and an integrated health and social care facility.

We are rated 'outstanding' overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We are one of the North East's largest employers with 9,500 dedicated members of staff. We have a Council of Governors with 70 members, representing the public, staff and some of our external partners.

We invest heavily in staff to ensure that the best talent is attracted, developed, looked after, and retained in every area of the organisation. Staff satisfaction is high and our staff consistently rate us as one of the best places to work in the NHS.

We were one of the first NHS Trusts to receive foundation status, and have been a foundation trust for over a decade.

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An exciting opportunity has arisen in the North Tyneside Talking Therapies Service for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide excellent, high quality and time limited psychological interventions in accordance with NICE guidelines to patients presenting with a range of mental health problems.

We are a large fully integrated Talking Therapies service, consisting of Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, IAPT High Intensity Therapists, Counsellors and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. The service offers a range of psychological therapies across steps 2 - 4 of a primary care Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) model. This includes common mental problems and more complex psychological difficulties. We are a highly valued team which provides therapy within GP surgeries, various community and health centre sites and within our team bases. The service places emphasis on the importance of staff wellbeing, continuous learning and development and high quality clinical supervision.

The successful candidate will be joining a well-established Psychology team that continues to offer high quality; evidence based psychological interventions for the North Tyneside population within Step 4. We strongly believe that good clinical supervision, fidelity to therapy models and a highly motivated and skilled workforce are key components to our continuing success.

We are looking for a skilled and enthusiastic clinical/counselling psychologist who will help us to continue the delivery and development of the service. Candidates should be keen to work therapeutically with a wide range of primary care psychological difficulties; however a significant proportion of the work is with people presenting with complex psychological difficulties, predominantly linked to developmental trauma. The Psychology team includes psychologists trained in a range of therapeutic models including EMDR; CAT; CBT and CFT. The service is committed to developing its workforce and has a comprehensive training plan, therefore, candidates should be dedicated to their own CPD and willing to complete further training in additional therapy models, in line with service demands.

The Psychology team delivers a significant group therapy programme focusing on Child Sexual Abuse; Developing a Compassionate Mind (DCM); and Skills for Impulsive Behaviour (SIB). There will be opportunities to develop skills in group therapy for successful candidates. The broader service has a well-established Long Term Conditions pathway for people presenting with long term physical health difficulties and Persistent Physical Symptoms/Medically Unexplained Symptoms, people presenting with psychological difficulties linked to physical health conditions are routinely seen by the Psychology team. The service delivers high quality clinical supervision and CPD programmes in house. The service strongly supports staffs continued learning and development.

The role will require you to work in conjunction with colleagues to deliver services within a flexible primary care stepped model of care. As the service is designed to promote greater access you will be required to work flexible hours to enable this improved service delivery. This is a great opportunity to be a part of an experienced and committed service in a forward-thinking organisation and make a tangible difference to those struggling with a range of mental health problems.

Successful candidates will possess professional qualifications and HCPC registration. You should be eligible for Chartered Status with the BPS. The successful candidates may have experience in primary care or if newly qualified will be supported to develop skills and expertise in working therapeutically with complex patients.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Michelle Reeves, Team Manager

Tel: 0191 2952775

Email: ( Email address removed )

Closing Date: 23rd October 2019

At Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, we believe that our staff are the foundation for all that we do. The Trust recognises its role in supporting the health and wellbeing of its staff and it taking positive action in this respect. We have a range of initiatives and support for staff including psychology and counselling, physiotherapy, physical activity opportunities and healthy food choices on site.

The Trust is completely smoke free from March 2018. We do not discriminate against people who smoke but we do require all staff to be smoke free whilst at work and we have a range of support in place to help and support staff with this.

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