Practitioner Psychologist/CBT Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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

The Psychological Skills Service (PSS) are looking for an energetic, compassionate and flexible Practitioner Psychologist or CBT Therapist who wants to work within an exciting new team expanding into the central (Huntingdon & Fenland) area, completing the countywide roll out of PSS.

The post holder will be part of an evolving service that will be trying to implement new ideas (and change a culture) to think in a more trauma informed way. This means being able to work with some uncertainty and imperfection as we seek to trial and develop new treatment programme and processes.

The team member needs to want to work in a collective, inclusive way. We want someone who enjoys supervision and has an interest in compassionately supporting their development and the development of a transformational service.

The Clinical / Counselling Psychologist will have a particular interest in Complex PTSD and be responsible for contributing to the delivery of services for people in Fenland & Huntingdon who have experienced multiple traumatic events, including severe sexual, physical and emotional abuse and violence in childhood and/or adulthood. The post holder will also contribute fully to the clinical, professional, and strategic aims of the service as a senior member of the team.

Main duties of the job

You will work alongside a team manager, psychological therapist/psychologist, clinical associate psychologists, assistant psychologists & support workers. You will also work closely with the countywide consultant and principle psychologists, and maintain close links with the other two PSS teams covering the county.

You will be expected to carry out trauma informed psychological formulations with service users to determine appropriate treatment pathways.

You will deliver a range of therapeutic groups that draw on trauma stabilisation, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), schema therapy, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT).

You will also supervise Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAP's), Assistant Psychologists (AP'S), and support workers delivering short term CBT based interventions. There will be opportunities to develop other group and individual interventions / pathways and to be involved in service evaluation. Longer term, there are opportunities to support the development of an evidence based psychological treatment pathway for people living with the consequences of multiple and repeated traumas (e.g. EMDR/ trauma focused CBT).

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To actively contribute and engage with service development and community transformation.
  • To Provide direct clinical supervision and indirect clinical work in the area of Complex and trauma Informed care
  • To provide specialist assessment and treatment recommendations for service users with severe, enduring, and complex trauma presentations
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation to psychological therapies staff who work with multi-disciplinary services
  • To promote and support the implementation of Trauma Informed Care in all aspects and areas of their work
  • To supervise assistant psychologists and CAPs delivering group and structured short term interventions addressing gaps in services
  • To deliver therapeutic interventions in group and individual format in therapies including TF-CBT, EMDR, CFT, CAT, Schema and DBT.
  • To oversee data collection and analysis for the new project
  • To liaise with psychologists and CBT therapists in community teams, and the personality disorder core group
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals.
  • To contribute in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment plans
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling (or equivalent) psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS and HCPC.
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist or Equivalent professional body


  • Undertaking relevant post-doctoral training
  • Chartered Psychologist



  • Substantial experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of adult mental health care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with people experiencing severe mood disorders and psychotic symptoms and their families.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different contexts.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.


  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults
  • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults

Knowledge and Understanding


  • An interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary services
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional practice
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychological medicine

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