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AD of Therapies - Adult Community Mental Health Services

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Leatherhead, Surrey
£85,582 to £98,387 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS, pa, pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023
This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly skilled, innovative, and experienced Therapist clinical leader to play a lead role in the strategic development and delivery of Psychological and AHP Therapies across our working age and older adult community mental health services.

This post is being advertised in conjunction with our Associate Director of Therapies for Hospitals and Specialist Services post. We would be happy to consider applications from individuals looking to work a full-time role across both posts. In this instance you would not have to apply for both posts - but we ask that you make this interest clear on you application form.

Main duties of the job

As a Trust we pride our-selves on our innovative and collaborative approach to providing the highest quality, person-centred care: As an early implementer site for new community models of care, we are developing integrated care pathways across primary and secondary care, including strong collaborative partnerships with a wide range of statutory and VCSE providers across our communities. You will play a key role in ensuring therapies pathways are accessible across the adult age range in these new pathways, and that psychosocial interventions are embedded in wider service delivery.

You will be working collaboratively with senior colleagues to support delivery and ongoing development of services in line with the ambitions set out in the NHS Long-term plan, our ICS mental health delivery plans and the Trust's Strategy. Your own caseload will involve work with clients with highly complex mental health needs, including assessment, formulation, highly skilled direct and indirect interventions.

Whilst our older adult and working age community mental health services sit within the same division, the two service are delivered by separate adult and older adult community teams. You will be providing strong leadership to, and representation of therapists across both services, as well as ensuring the development of strong working relationships amongst therapists across services, supporting skills sharing and ensuring seamless therapy pathways.

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.

Staff well-being and development are at the heart of our Trust's ambitions. We have an active CPD program across the Trust in relation to both clinical and leadership development, as well as a number of staff support initiatives for individuals and teams.

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

Work across complex systems to provide strategic leadership and ensure design, development and delivery of therapy-based priorities for the division set out in local ICS 5-year plan and the NHS Long Term Plan.

Develop in staff of all disciplines delivering therapies in the division a shared vision of the purpose and values of the Trust, to ensure that the needs of people who use the service and carers are paramount while operating within available resources and delivering best value.

Ensure equitable access to appropriate and evidence-based therapies for the populations served by the Trust with a particular focus on BME and other under-represented groups.

Support the development and implementation of the Trusts effectiveness framework and ensure that Therapies staff of all disciplines in the division actively engage in routine outcome monitoring and reporting.

Provide leadership to and ensure the professional development of all who provide psychological and allied health therapies in the division.

Lead innovative new models of care that deliver better integration across health, social care and voluntary sector, such as integrated mental health in Primary Care Networks.

Work collaboratively with the business development and innovation team to produce sustainable new business opportunities involving therapy pathways and models of care.

Ensure Therapy staff of all disciplines in the division deliver a good experience of care and actively engage in experience monitoring.

Ensure that the people using services and carers are at the heart of design and innovation within the Therapy services.

Improve staff retention and satisfaction by ensuring the Therapies workforce receive regular and appropriate supervision and appraisals.

Ensure that all Therapy staff have the appropriate professional registration.

Review, develop and support management and leadership arrangements for therapists in the division, ensuring clear accountabilities for professional practice and day to day working.

Support the Divisional Directors to ensure safe delivery of Therapy services and provide advice on all professional practice related issues.

Support the development of a therapeutic culture and reflective practice approaches across the teams.

Work alongside the Trusts learning and development function to review and develop strategies for a sustainable Therapies workforce by making best use of available resources and identifying appropriate career development and CPD opportunities.

Enhance the Trust as a learning environment, contribute on the strategies to enhance psychological knowledge and skills across the Trust and lead the development of specific evidence-based policies, protocols and guidelines for therapies service delivery.

Contribute professional expertise and perspective into clinical governance and service evaluation.

Provide expert clinical advice to the multi-professional, multi-agency and delegated commissioning panels.Provide expert assessment, formulation and intervention for people using Trust services and their carers.

To manage, motivate and develop staff within the team to ensure they are able to deliver the new responsibilities of the emerging service model.

Recruit, develop and lead the Therapies workforce to ensure the objectives of our Trust are achieved and effective team working is in place.

Person Specification



  • qualified AHP or Practitioner Psychologist
  • Masters degree or equivalent experience
  • Post qualification leadership training
  • HCPC registration



  • Extensive experience of working in a management/leadership role at a senior level supporting Mental Health clinical teams in the delivery of complex, safety critical health and social care services.
  • Demonstrate experience of leadership within complex, multi-agency systems.
  • Demonstrable experience delivering change and service improvement programs including workforce strategies
  • Demonstrable experience of professional leadership and development of the Therapies workforce
  • Experience of managing staff and understanding of financial management processes which may include budget holder

Employer details

Employer name

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Leatherhead Hub

18 Mole Business Park

Leatherhead, Surrey

KT22 7AD

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