Clinical/Counselling/Forensic/Health Psychologist

Job Description

Job overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Clinical/Counselling/Forensic/Health Psychologist to work in our acute mental health wards. You will be working in a dynamic environment delivering assessments and case formulations for complex clients. You will have an interest in providing brief, focused individual and group therapy interventions and supporting ward teams with psychologically informed practice ranging from positive behaviour support plans to reflective practice groups. Within the acute care group, ward teams value the therapy work, case consultation and staff support role provided by ward psychologists.

Doctoral level training in psychology. You must have current registration with the HCPC and be appointable to Band 7 under Agenda for Change. We are ideally looking for a full time candidate but candidates wishing to work part time (minimum of 3 days per week, 0.6 wte) will also be considered.

Main duties of the job


Psychological formulations

Psychological groups

Individual brief therapeutic interventions

Liaison with with the CRHT and community Mental Health service about follow up support

Family interventions

Reflective Practice/Case discussion with staff

Working for your organisation

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  1. To provide specialist psychological assessments to clients on the acute wards based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care.
  2. To formulate and implement plans of specialist psychological treatment or management of client’s mental health problems based on a multi-factorial psychological understanding and current evidence-based best practice.
  3. To undertake a range of psychological therapeutic interventions, drawing on a range of psychological models and employing a range of modalities (individual, family and group) adapted and tailored to the needs of the individual and the context and ongoing evaluation of the outcomes of the intervention.
  4. To exercise autonomous professional judgement and responsibility for the psychological management of clients on own case load.
  5. To be responsible for providing a specialist psychological perspective in the multi-disciplinary assessment of service users and their families.
  6. To contribute highly specialist psychological advice to the multi-disciplinary formulation of appropriate therapeutic approaches or intervention plans, and to be involved in, or oversee specialist psychological aspects of their implementation in collaboration with other staff.
  7. To undertake psychologically based risk assessment and risk management for relevant clients and provide advice on the psychological aspects of risk to the multi-disciplinary team.
  8. To consult with and provide specialist psychological guidance to carers and families of service users.
  9. To communicate highly complex and potentially highly contentious information in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, in situations with patients who may be extremely hostile or highly emotional requiring the highest level of communication skills. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name - Belinda Demirbasa
Job title - Lead Acute Care Inpatient Psychological Practice
Email address -
Telephone number - 07826 530 911