Band 7/8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Devizes

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
15 Oct 2023

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This may be the varied and rewarding role you are looking for! We are building our inpatient psychology team to expand our therapeutic offer. You will be joining a supportive and dynamic team, encouraged to develop your special interests in an evidence based trauma informed model, and an opportunity to develop therapeutic skills in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

We warmly welcome applications from recently qualified clinical/counselling psychologists and will support your development through a band 7 'Preceptorship' post, through to those who are ready to undertake an 8a position from the outset.

Poppy unit is an acute inpatient unit for adults and part of the acute care pathway in Wiltshire. We support service users in their recovery from acute mental health challenges, through multidisciplinary professional teamwork and provision of evidence-based clinical practice. You will be joining an established team, where the role of the psychologist is much valued.

As a Preceptee Psychologist, you will commence at Band 7 and in conjunction with your supervisor will progress through a structured development plan with review process, to support your transition to fulfilling competencies at Band 8a. Responsibilities of the role will adapt to match the developing skills of the successful candidate.

We are flexible how we recruit to the psychology role and welcome applications from those wanting compressed, flexible hours or part time employment.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will provide a comprehensive psychology service to the team, including specialist assessment, formulation, individual and group interventions. There is also a strong focus on indirect work through team formulation, reflective practice and training with staff teams. You will need to be well organised with the ability to prioritise your work according to clinical need and liaise effectively with team colleagues and professionals in other teams/services. The post holder will also manage/supervise an assistant psychologist.

You will be part of a growing acute care psychology team where exciting developments are taking place including using the relational approach of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) adapted for an inpatient setting, and Comprehend Cope Connect (CCC), a third wave CBT approach.

The importance of support and supervision for psychology staff is prioritised. There are also opportunities for joint working and being part of a dynamic Trust wide CPD network for inpatient therapy staff. You will be dually supported by the rapidly expanding Wiltshire Psychological Therapy Services (PTS), a friendly and innovative team who meet on a monthly basis.

We have close ties with the University of Bath Clinical Psychology Doctorate Training programme, with opportunities to teach, provide placements, and collaborate on research.

About us

Devizes centre is only a short walk from Green Lane Hospital site. It is a vibrant market town in the heart of Wiltshire with many independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Devizes is set within beautiful countryside and canal walks.

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 inpatient 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 team
  • To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by team
  • 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.

Management Responsibilities
  • Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff
  • Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested
  • The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested

Training and Staff Development
  • To provide supervision for clinical psychology trainees from regional training courses and elsewhere as appropriate.
  • To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in multidisciplinary teams. This is to include joint assessment, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by other teammembers with service users.
  • To contribute to the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care across service settings through providing teaching, training, consultation and supervision.
  • To provide training and supervision to assistant psychologists .
  • To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop psychological skills for staff in the area.
  • To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines.
  • To agree a plan of personal development with the line manager and professional lead for the service.

See attached document for full job description and responsibilities.

Person Specification

Essential qualifications and experience


  • Doctoral clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent AND HCPC Registration
  • Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status
  • Evidence of interest in working with specified client group


  • Post qualification, further specialist training in specified specialist intervention
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Green Lane Hospital

Marshall Road


SN10 5DS

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