Clinical Psychologist

Oyster Medical
Maidenhead, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhea
11 Jul 2017
10 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
My client is currently looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist for their service based in Berkshire. The role would require some travel to other service in the group from time to time to manager the team of assistant psychologists.

Reporting directly to the CEO you would also form part of the senior management team.

Main function of the job:- Assess and evaluate individuals' problems through the use of case history, interview, and observation and provide individual or group counselling services to assist individuals in achieving more effective personal, social, educational, and vocational development and adjustment.

Main duties of the role:-

Counsel individuals, groups, or families to help them understand problems, define goals, and develop realistic action plans.

Collect information about individuals or clients, using interviews, case histories, observational techniques, and other assessment methods.

Develop therapeutic and treatment plans based on clients' interests, abilities, and needs.

Consult with other professionals to discuss therapies, treatments, counselling resources, or

techniques, and to share occupational information.

Analyse data such as interview notes, test results, and reference manuals to identify symptoms

and to diagnose the nature of clients' problems.

Advise clients on how they could be helped by counselling.

Evaluate the results of counselling methods to determine the reliability and validity of treatments.

Select, administer, and interpret psychological tests to assess intelligence, aptitudes, abilities, or


Provide consulting services to schools, social service agencies, and businesses.

10.Refer clients to specialists or to other institutions for non-counselling treatment of problems. 11.conduct research to develop or improve diagnostic or therapeutic counselling techniques
12.To undertake structured interviews, psychological assessments (including complex psychometric

tests) and observations of individuals and groups.
13.To assist in the development of psychological formulations of clinical problems and the 14.

development and delivery of care plans, which include psychological treatment and/or

15.Management of service users’ problems.

16.To determine appropriate psychological intervention, taking into account a range of potentially conflicting clinical information and dynamics.

17.To carry out psychological and psychometric tests, to develop interview and observation skills and to assess needs and eligibility for services.

18.To design, implement and modify as appropriate, bespoke psychological interventions with service users, carers, families, groups, etc.

19.To communicate confidential and personal information concerning ability level and psychological needs, obtained through assessments and interventions, to referring agents and to the service users themselves, who may have limited understanding and difficulties with acceptance and, where appropriate, to relatives and carers. To provide advice and clinically based supervision to carers about care and management of service users’ problems.

20. To assist in the coordination and running of therapeutic groups.
21.To provide emotional support for service users, their carers and families.
22.To keep appropriate records of work and inform referrers and relevant others through

letters or reports.
23.To follow a person-focused and evidence-based approach.
24.To work in accordance with Apple Hill, National NHS and placement providers’ policies

and regulations, as well as those of relevant professional bodies.
25.To work in a variety of settings including the service user’s own home, in-patient,

residential and day centre facilities.
26.The post holder will be required to work in a highly emotive atmosphere, frequently

encountering highly distressing problems and circumstances and must maintain a high

degree of professionalism at all times.
27.The post holder will be required to work in situations where there are barriers to

acceptance and possible exposure to aggression.
28.Maintain an awareness of the Health and Safety requirements.
29.Maintain client and business confidentiality at all times
30.Continual Personal Development to develop oneself and the role.
31.In addition to these tasks, employees may at times be asked to carry out other

reasonable duties as required by the service.

Personal Specification:-

Registration and qualifications

A degree in psychology

Professional registration

Experience and knowledge

Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team and in a community setting Knowledge of mental health legislation

Knowledge and understanding of the research process within clinical services

Evidence of audit competency

Experience in management roles, both clinical and non-clinical


Diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in a multi-disciplinary team

A capacity to replace old knowledge with new, to develop new skills and adopt new


Calmness with challenging patients, carers, colleagues and team members

A high standard of interviewing skills is essential

Ability to work as part of a team and to develop leadership skills within a multidisciplinary


An interest in how people think and feel

Excellent listening and communication skills

The ability to put people at ease and inspire trust and confidence

Good investigative skills

An interest and ability in science and medicine

The ability to work under pressure and make well-judged decisions

Leadership and management skills

The ability to work well in a team

A keen interest in your specialist field and a willingness to keep your skills up to date