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8A Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Are you passionate about mental health?

Would you like to be part of a dedicated team committed to making a difference to peoples lives?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as part of well-established community and crisis teams in South West Surrey.

The post offers a diverse range of experience working with people with complex mental health difficulties. You will join a friendly and supportive group of psychologists in the locality and there will be opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills through CPD. The trust has an enviable care pathways system which values psychology, psychotherapy and the arts psychotherapies and there are opportunities to train in DBT, CBT for psychosis, family interventions, CBT for personality disorders and structured clinical management as well as coaching opportunities.

As a Trust we pride our-selves on our innovative and collaborative approach to providing the highest quality, person-centered care. As an early implementer site for new models of care, we have a comprehensive primary care personality disorder services as well as established primary care MH teams working alongside GP practices. We are currently developing integrated care pathways across primary and secondary care.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role.

Main duties of the job

The post is split across CMHRS, where the postholder will offer 1:1 and group therapy to service-users with severe and enduring mental health problems, as well as consultation to other members of the MDT. The postholder will supervise more junior psychologists and offer group supervision to team members offering low intensity psychological interventions.

The crisis and home treatment team element of the postwill support the team to adopt a psychological approach. You will participate in individual assessment and formulation of patients' needs, including a wide range of clinical presentations. You will complete brief psychological interventions with service users on a caseload shared across the team, and work indirectly to provide advice and consultation to the multi-disciplinary team, e.g., contributing a psychological perspective to care planning and guiding treatment plans at review meetings. You will be involved in promoting wellbeing within the multi-disciplinary team, including providing supervision You will be key in developing shaping, plan, oversee psychologically informed interventions within the crisis team. There will be opportunities to provide training and contribute to service development.

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

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 postholder 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

Please refer the attached job description for full details

Person Specification



  • Qualifications required
  • 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 required
  • 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

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

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Theta House

Lyon Way



GU16 7ER

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