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Senior Psychological Therapist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an established psychological therapist to join our team of psychological practitioners within the CambridgeAdult Locality Teams.

We are located in the vibrant University City of Cambridge. The locality service provides high quality care to people aged 17 and above, who areexperiencing the symptoms of moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The service operates friendly and well established multi-disciplinary teams with a wide range of professionals contributing to the excellent care of the people that we support.

Supporting and developing therapists within the team is of upmost importance to us. We encourage our therapists to develop their skills andknowledge with CPD opportunities. We have a commitment to research and service audits in the field of mental health and the team is currently collaborating on a number of interesting projects, including piloting 'an integrated CBT approach to depression', a multisite single-case study with Newcastle University, evaluation of Brief Psychological Interventions provided in the Cambridge Adult Locality Teams and the SCENE study, a multisite study aiming to enhance social networks and improve quality of life for people experiencing psychosis.

Main duties of the job

This role will include psychological assessment and individualized, formulation-driven interventions within a psychological framework as partservice user's overall multi-disciplinary team care plan. Prior experience of working with complex presentations and/or a desire to pursue furthertraining in this field would be essential. If you are a Psychological Therapist with significant experience, excellent communication skills and theflexibility to manage complexity, we would look forward to meeting with you.

This is a leadership role, with the expectation that the post-holder will be able to provide supervision to psychological therapists and traineepsychological therapists. The post holder will support the overall and day-to-day functioning of the psychology team.

The role will be diverse and may include group work, programme development, supervising psychology and non-psychology professionals,teaching/training, working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary colleagues, and liaising with external care providers and statutory agencies to support people and their families on their journey to wellbeing. Recovery principles are embedded in the work of the locality teams, and we aim tosupport people to reach their potential by facilitating hope, empowering autonomy, and developing meaning and purpose in life.

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 utilise specialist assessment skills to determine a potential clients suitability for CBT and EMDR and to make informedrecommendations for other treatment modalities where indicated. To carry out specialised comprehensive assessments, collecting, interpreting and integrating clinical data from a range of sourcesincluding psychometric tests, direct observation, interviews with service users, carers and other professionals involved with the clientscare. To conduct risk assessments, preparing risk management plans and initiating appropriate action where indicated. To provide advice toother professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management, relating to the client and to others. To develop individual case formulations for all clients integrating clinical assessment data with evidence based psychological models toplan the psychological care for individual clients and collaboratively engage them in the process of therapy this may involve bothindividual and group work, using face to face contact, telephone and other mediums as appropriate. To train and support family and relevant others to act as co-therapists within the clients therapy programme. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of clientsand manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines and under the overall coordination of the Principal ClinicalPsychologist. To provide consultation to and communicate as appropriate with external agencies (including housing, police, local authority, employersetc.) To evaluate treatment outcomes with clients, selecting appropriately validated psychometric measures refining these as necessaryunder supervision. To ensure that patients are appropriately consulted about relevant aspects of their care and are empowered to express their views in aresponsive environment. To communicate, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to patients / clients, family, carers and others as appropriate, information thatmay be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients. To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation andtreatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipientsof the reports, including clients and referrers.

Person Specification



  • PG DIP in CBT or equivalent (eligible for BABCP accreditation)
  • Eligible for BABCP accreditation
  • Professional training which supports the ability to provide clinical interventions
  • Formal training in the supervision of clinical staff


  • Registered Mental Health professional registration (e.g. psychology, community psychiatric nursing, social work, occupational therapy)
  • Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological intervention
  • Evidence of training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Evidence of postgraduate training in CBT for psychosis/CBT for personality disorder or willingness to undertake.
  • Leadership training



  • Assessed and proven experience of working as a Psychological Therapist (BABCP accreditable)
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, 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 working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision
  • Ability to meet agreed/specified service targets


  • Experience of working in secondary care mental health services
  • Experience of delivering group treatments
  • Experience of delivering service re-design
  • Experience of teaching/training
  • Experience of developing and implementing service policies and procedures
  • Experience of leading and carrying out research/service development projects and interpreting data using statistical analyses.

Skills & abilities


  • 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
  • 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.
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
  • High standard of report writing for communication with agencies, carers and service users
  • Skills in self-management, including time management
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information
  • Ability to lead and work within a team fostering good working relationships
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self-care and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice
  • Proven ability to communicate clearly in difficult and complex situations


  • Proven ability in carrying out clinical audits
  • Ability to promote psychological models with clients, carers, and staff in an understandable and person-centred way, clearly outlining goals and potential outcomes

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Postgraduate level of knowledge of at least two distinct psychological therapies
  • Knowledge concerning the management of psychological therapists, including recruitment and retention, appraisals, and other HR policies and processes
  • Demonstrates an understanding for the need to use evidence based psychological therapies and how it relates to this post.
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to secondary care
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by regulatory bodies.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g., depression, OCD, PTSD, personality disorders, psychosis.)
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology



  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, enabling formation of networks with professionals within the Trust and from other agencies to promote effective team working with clients
  • Ability to work within a team fostering good working relationships
  • Regard for others and respect for individual rights of autonomy and confidentiality


  • Ability to travel independently across the Trust area, sometimes at short notice

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
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