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Principal Psychological Therapist

Solent NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
22 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an experienced clinical or counselling psychologist to work within our community adult mental health service, as the lead psychologist for one of two community mental health teams. This role will involve providing specialist assessment advising on treatability and helping to implement the Psychological therapies Service Strategy within the community. You will also have you own caseload. You would need to bring senior experience and training in at least one therapy -- CBT, DBT, CAT, ACT or EMDR. Accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy or advanced qualification in DBT, CAT or EMDR would be welcome. Training in these modalities can be provided. Flexible working options including working out of hours and remote working from home are available.

You would be part of a team of 7 Band 8 psychological therapy staff and 20 psychological therapy staff in total. All psychological therapists throughout the service provide psychological assessment, evidence-based therapies, contribute to MDT care planning and review, and participate in therapy-specific supervision. We are expanding and developing our service and have six Clinical Associate Psychologists to support all qualified psychology staff and functions.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the recovery teams based upon the appropriate use, interpretation, & integration of data from a variety of sources including psychological & neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct/indirect structured observations & semi-structured interviews with clients, family & others involved in the client's care.

To formulate/implement plans for the formal psychological treatment & /or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, & employing evidence-based interventions. To employ formulations to help understand/manage challenging behaviour within patients in the community. To deliver a minimum of two therapeutic models.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals/carers/families & groups, within & across teams employed individually & in synthesis, adjusting & refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models & maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate & make decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical & therapeutic models & highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment & discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically-based care plans.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience.


  • HCR20 trained.



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist at a highly specialist level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Experience of managing staff.

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


St Mary's Community Health Campus

Milton Road




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