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Senior Practitioner Psychologist - AIST

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 Per Annum / Pro Rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Transforming Autism Care in Cornwall.

Adult Autism Intensive Support Team

A new service is being established in Cornwall which will provide intensive /crisis support to people with autism who are at risk of mental health admission and/or community placement breakdown.

We are seeking applicants to join the newly forming adult autism intensive support team. This is a county wide service commissioned to work with a maximum caseload of 20 people. The service will provide direct assessment and intervention, care co-ordination and consultation clinics.

The team will be based in the Truro area. The MDT will consist of consultant psychiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, psychology and administrative staff.
  • We work as a whole team.
  • We work to support the whole person.
  • We work with the whole family.
  • We work across the whole system.

Relocation expenses will be considered.

Proposed interview date: TBC

Main duties of the job

To operate flexibly and carry out the below duties on a responsive, county-wide basis, working across multiple teams according to the needs of service.

To provide a specialist psychological assessment and therapy service to clients on the caseload of the ASIST service and to offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care.

To offer professional support and clinical supervision to other psychologists and psychological therapists as required, in line with the requirements of the British Psychological Society and the Division of Clinical Psychology.

To ensure the maintenance of the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team.

To contribute to the development of new service. To contribute to the development of neurodevelopmental pathways.

To utilise research skills to monitor, audit, and suggest further developments for this part of the service.

About us

We're an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people's physical and mental health. We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases. Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Just over 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon. As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see supporting documents.

Person Specification

Registration and qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, including training in supervision skills.
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)


  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctoral level
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral Trainees



  • Relevant prior experience of working as a qualified psychologist in older adult mental health or an associated client group
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of working autonomously within the professional guidelines of the British Psychological Society, the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Skills and Aptitudes


  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, in writing, highly technical information to professional colleagues within the NHS

Employer details

Employer name

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust



Chy Govenick, Threemilestone



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