Band 8a Clinical Psychologist - Gambling Harms Service (South West)

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
AWP Specialised Services is currently embarking on an exciting journey to provide the first NHS Gambling Service for the South West of England.

We are currently recruiting the team that will develop the new Specialised Southwest Gambling Harms Service. As part of this we are looking for a 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapists (1.2 fte). This is a very exciting time to be joining the service, with opportunities for involvement in developing the new service, as a trauma informed service underpinned by a compassionate, inclusive and collective leadership. The development of the psychological therapies team and work will be overseen by the new Clinical Lead for the service. The approach clinical model is in development, however will reflect an evidence based approach, namely CBT for gambling, however also look to explore the developing evidence base in relation to e.g. DBT and EMDR for gambling. The service is planned to develop as an innovative, integrated service that will provide predominantly digital assessment and interventions in collaboration with partner organisations. Co-production of both the service design and the evaluation of the service are key, with the post holder anticipated to have a range or clinical, service development and evaluation duties. Within the role there is a possibility of a 0.1 FTE link with the University of Bath focusing on for example service evaluation and research.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and carers as appropriate to the service
  • To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients' formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues.
  • To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the various teams in the area and where appropriate outside of the area.
  • To clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.
  • To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the areas served by the Psychological Therapies Service.
  • To develop and deliver training in psychological therapies for multidisciplinary staff.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust)a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinical psychology service.
  • To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies with clients and their carers ( as appropriate to the role).
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service
  • To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in the area and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of those teams.
  • To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by teams.
  • To be involved in the development and delivery of training within the Trust
  • To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Service.
  • To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.
  • To support the full implementation of CPA or equivalent including acting as care- coordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service.
  • To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner

  • Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff
  • Delegated caseload supervision
  • Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested
  • (4) The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested

  • Person Specification

    Education and Qualification


    • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent. Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status. HPC Registered
    • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention. Care Co-ordination or equivalent role Training others in MH services topics.


    • Relevant R& D or clinical audit work post qualification

    Experience and Knowledge


    • Experience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues Clinical supervision/ consultation with other professionals. Evidence based therapeutic interventions with client group.
    • Psychological assessment skills and knowledge. Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/organisationally
    • Experience of risk assessment and management Knowledge of relevant Legislation eg MH Act Experience of delivery of training


    • Supervision Training

    Skills and Abilities


    • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as an integral member of a team. Good communication and liaison skills. Well organised with good administration skills.
    • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group. Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload. Ability to work independently. Self awareness and emotional resilience.


    • Clinical supervision of clinical psychology trainees.

    Other Requirements


    • Empathy for individuals who have experienced mental health problems and ability to cope with behaviour which may be challenging at times.

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


    Bybrook Lodge, Blackberry Hill Hospital


    BS16 2EW

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