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Band 8a Senior Clinical Psychologist (x2 positions)

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leatherhead House
£50,441 to £56,534 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting new post created within our GP Integrated Mental Health Teams (GPimhs), as part of the Community Mental Health Transformation Programme (CMHTP) at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SABP).

We would welcome applicants who have a special interest in working with people with complex mental health needs within primary care, their carers and the wider systems around them. We are seeking a clinician who is a strong team player and can work flexibly and adapt to the changing needs of the service as the transformation programme evolves.

We have two vacancies for Band 8a Senior Clinical Psychologists for the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) within the following two larger Integrated Care Provider (ICP) areas.
  • Covering PCNs within the East Surrey ICP and Surrey Downs ICP
  • Covering PCNs within the Northwest Surrey ICP and Guildford & Waverley ICP

  • The post-holder will be required to work flexibly within their respective area with a mix of face to face and virtual working and attendance at Trust HQ in Leatherhead as required.

    Main duties of the job

    • To be responsible for promoting the psychological health and well-being of clients in the GP Integrated Mental Health Service (GPimhs) and to provide specialist guidance, consultation and training to MDT members when required.
    • To support the promotion of partnership working with Voluntary and Social Care agencies and the development of pathways between services.
    • To clinically supervise Mental Health Practitioners and Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioners and support the development of these roles within GPimhs
    • To directly provide and co-ordinate staff support structures such as Reflective Practice and training opportunities for the wider MDT
    • To deliver brief assessment, formulation and tailored evidence-based interventions to service users accessing GPimhs teams both individually and in groups and face to face or virtually as needed or appropriate.
    • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development

    Please see the attached job description for more information about this role and the main duties.

    About us

    Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

    We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

    Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

    Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

    For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

    Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

    Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

    We look forward to receiving your application!

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    My job makes better lives by promoting health and independence for people who use our services and their carers/support staff by delivering high quality psychology assessments, formulation and interventions; providing consultation, supervision and guidance to band 7, trainee, assistant psychologists and others as required.

    Job Overview:

    To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the psychological needs of people using our services.
    • To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students
    • Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues
    • Work collaboratively with team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services
    • The post-holder will be expected to work flexibly within the service
    • To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism
    • Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff
    • Leading on a specific service development projects

    Suitable for someone who is interested in and passionate about providing high quality leadershipand psychological support to people using our service and their carers.

    Key Responsibilities:
    • To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.
    • To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific and complex needs.
    • To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.
    • To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services
    • To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.
    • To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies , people who use services and their carers and support staff.
    • To conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group
    • To develop and provide a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.
    • To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.
    • To lead on the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.
    • To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.
    • To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.
    • To act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.
    • To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use our services and their carers.
    • Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

    Additional Responsibilities People with Learning Disabilities (PLD):
    • To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework.
    • To contribute to the development, implementation and monitoring of interventions driven by government initiatives e.g. Transforming Care, LD Mortality review to promote positive health gains for clients.
    • Conducting neuropsychological assessments and using the information to contribute to diagnosis and packages of care

    Additional Responsibilities Working Age Adults (WAA):
    • To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework

    Additional Responsibilities Older Adults Mental Health Services (OPMH):
    • To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework
    • Conducting neuropsychological assessments and using the information to contribute to diagnosis and packages of care

    Person Specification



    • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
    • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post)



    • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
    • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic
    • Demonstrable post registration/clinical experience and competency relevant to this care group.
    • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
    • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists
    • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.
    • For roles in Learning Disabilities candidates should demonstrate experience of working with
    • people with learning disabilities within a positive behaviour support framework

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