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Psychologist / Psychotherapist
Hereford (Full Time, Permanent)
£38,000 - £42,000 / Year (Training, benefits)
Psychologist / Psychotherapist - Hereford, Herefordshire
Psychologist / Psychotherapist
Salary up to £42,000 (depending on experience)
40 Hours per week (full time),pro-rata positions available
A varied role with a welcoming team
Based in our brand nw development in Hereford
You must have a full driving licence, as you are expected to travel between the local homes

Do you believe that some of your best traits are compassion, empathy and friendliness? Would you say that you're the type of person who likes to make people smile? Would you'd like to work in a job that adds real value to people’s lives and at the same time offers you an actual career and job security? If this is how you see yourself, and these are the type things you're looking for, then maybe this could be the right job opportunity for someone just like you.

At CareTech, we pride ourselves on our friendly, innovative, person-centred, empowering and positive values that we reflect as a company. We are seeking candidates who share the same passion for the values as we do, offering a career where you can develop these attributes further. Does this sound like you? Would you love the opportunity to make a real difference to our Young People’s lives? Then we need your support!

Working within a clinical and within the wider integrated team of professionals within CareTech, this role applies psychological knowledge and expertise to service users and professionals within the group e.g. education and care staff. Primarily, our work supports children and young males aged 10-18 who present with a number of complex interpersonal, emotional and behavioural issues a number of the young people within our care have experienced significant trauma. The activities include conducting psychometric and risk assessments, formulation and developing, providing and evaluating individual and group therapy, consultation to teams, training and service development for the young people placed, or for those referred to for assessment or specific therapeutic interventions.

Clinicians also have the responsibility to undertake assessments and reports in line with our therapeutic model and clinical team framework.

1. Core Responsibilities
• To provide a specialist psychology input to young people and the CareTech integrated team.
• To provide specialist psychology input supporting and promoting positive mental health and emotional well being.
• To work systemically within the organisation supporting teams to develop practice and supporting managers to develop services.
• Undertaking assessments and reports in line with the CareTech clinical team framework and therapeutic model.
• Contributing to the delivery of training.
• Undertaking assessments and interventions to meet the needs of individual service users.
• To ensure registration and compliance to code of ethics of relevant governing bodies e.g. BACP, BABCP, UKCP, BPS, HCPC.
• To report to the Clinical Operations Manager and prepare, attend and participate in regular supervision and other meetings as required.

2. Practice Responsibilities
• To be responsible for the provision of specialised psychological services at various levels of intervention to service users within the CareTech group.
• To engage flexibly with clients and other members of the integrated team at CareTech / families and multi-agency team to promote constructive working relationships.
• To provide support, guidance, interpretation and knowledge to carers other members of the integrated team and families to develop behaviour management and care plan strategies.
• To provide support and guidance regarding risk and risk management strategies.
• To adhere to the safeguarding policies and procedures of the organisation and legislatory requirements.
• To consult with members of the integrated team and families to ensure effective communication and working.
• To support where appropriate, the work of other staff working with service users through consultation and written reports in line with CareTech policies and procedures.
• To liaise with the home’s Registered Managers, education staff and the multi-agency team / other external professionals.
• To produce assessments and other reports as required.
• Where appropriate, to work with the Clinical Operations Manager, home’s Registered Manager’s and Head of Education to undertake assessments of new service users using a range of tools and measures and produce reports as required.

3. Organisational
• To attend regular team meetings and CPD days with other colleagues and including the Clinical Operations Manager.
• To positively engage with both clinical and line management supervision.
• To maintain open and straightforward communication with colleagues and provide information within the time and format required.
• Practitioner psychologists maybe required to have additional responsibilities for the supervision of other members of staff.

4. Administration
• To maintain proper clinical records and provide statistical returns as required in line with CareTech organisational expectations ethical frameworks of governing bodies.
• To be involved in monitoring and evaluation of the psychology service within the organisation.
• To maintain other records as required within the Clinical Team Framework
• To provide written feedback and information to members of the integrated team ensuring that confidentiality for and with service users is maintained (individual and organisational).

5. Research and Professional Development
• Research in areas relevant to clinical work and organisational development is encouraged and may be undertaken in collaboration with other professionals, where appropriate.
• To ensure compliance with the appropriate registered bodies, on-going personal and professional development is the responsibility of the individual, this should be in addition to training and developmental opportunities provided by CareTech.

6. General
The post holder will be required to:
1. Ensure that CareTech's policy on equality of opportunity is promoted through his / her own actions and those of any staff for whom he / she has responsibility.
2. Co-operate fully with the implementation of Health and Safety arrangements, reporting any accidents / incidents / equipment defects to his / her manager and maintaining a clean, uncluttered and safe environment for patients / clients, members of the public and staff.
3. Adhere at all times to all CareTech policies / codes of conduct, including for example:
• Smoke Free policy
• I.T. Security Policy and Code of Conduct
• Standards of attendance, appearance and behaviour
• Safeguarding
4. All employees of CareTech are legally responsible for all records held, created or used as part of their employment including clients, corporate and administrative records whether paper based or electronic and also including emails. All such records are public records and are accessible to the general public, with limited exception, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
5. Take responsibility for his / her own ongoing learning and development, including full participation in clinical and line management supervision and appraisals, in order to maximise his / her own potential and continue to meet the demands of the post.
6. Represent CareTech's commitment to providing the highest possible standard of service to patients / clients and members of the public, by treating all those with whom he / she comes in to contact in the course of work, in a pleasant, courteous and respectful manner.
7. Understand that this post may evolve over time and that this Job Description will therefore be subject to review in the light of changing circumstances. Other duties of a similar nature and appropriate to the role may be assigned from time to time.
8. It is a standard condition that all CareTech staff may be required to serve at any location within the assigned region, as the needs of the service demand.

1. You must clearly demonstrate on your application form and supporting statement how you meet the required criteria - failure to do so may result in your not being short listed. You should clearly demonstrate this for both the essential and desirable criteria.
2. Proof of qualifications and / or professional registration will be required if an offer of employment is made - if you are unable to provide this, the offer may be withdrawn.

These are criteria all applicants MUST be able to demonstrate either at short listing or at interview. Applicants should therefore make it clear within their application whether or not they meet these criteria. Failure to do so may result in you not being short listed. The stage in the process when the criteria will be measured is stated below:

1. Honours Degree in Psychology / Counselling Psychology / Forensic Psychology / Psychotherapy qualification.
2. Post-graduate level training in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychology or relevant psychotherapy qualification.
3. Live registration or eligible for immediate registration by governing body (BACP, BABCP, BPS, HCPC etc.).
4. Experience of working with children / adolescents and their families or carers.
5. Hold a current driving licence valid for use within the UK and have, on appointment, access to a car.
6. Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
7. For the post of Psychologist knowledge of psychology, life span developmental psychology, models of psycho-pathology, mental health, cognitive impairment, psychometrics, and psychological therapies relevant to this specialism.
8. Ability to use complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
9. Ability to communicate effectively and both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information, to service users, their families, the integrated team within CareTech and a wide range of lay and professional people outside of the CareTech group.
10. Ability to use psychological / therapeutic knowledge and learning to advise and guide service development and planning.
11. Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both practice and professional management in relation the service user group.
12. Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by governing bodies e.g. BPS, BACP, BABCP, UKCP, HCPC etc.
13. Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, and interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by colleagues from the education and care teams within the context of multi-disciplinary services.
14. Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to ‘hold’ the stress of others.
15. Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of psychology and/or psychotherapy based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.

As part of the recruitment and selection process it will be necessary for CareTech to carry out an Enhanced Disclosure Check through the Disclosure and Barring Service before any appointment to this post can be confirmed.