Clinical Counselling Psychologist - Band 8a Preceptorship Opportunity

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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The post holder will be encouraged to participate in hybrid working.

We will be happy to consider a recently qualified trainee Psychologist or trainee in the final year of training to commence initially on Band 7 and be supported to progress to Band 8a through a preceptorship process, within our team based at Addenbrookes working across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Area for the Cambridge Adult Eating Disorders Team .

The post holder will be involved in the part of our new service development pathway, to help lead the provision of NICE recommended treatments including Mantra, CAT, CFT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, alongside other therapies relevant to the treatment of eating disorders

Main duties of the job

The Community Adult Eating Disorder Service is a specialist team caring for individuals with an eating disorder who have been triaged and are considered to need an intensive and supportive approach to the treatment.

The Service is currently going through an exciting transformation in order to develop new pathways including Early Intervention Pathway, Intensive/outreach treatment, Supportive and Management pathway (for severe and enduring eating disorder patients) and a pathway to monitor and manage High Risk patients. We are also endeavouring to develop our pathway with acute hospital in order to facilitate safe access in due time to medical ward for our patients.

The Service will become a pioneer in the care of eating disorders and there are many opportunities to be involved in the transformation and develop a stimulating leadership role.

The team are an MDT comprised of highly specialist therapists, psychologists, medical staff and nurses.

The post holder will provide support and supervision to junior staff. You will also provide highly specialist clinical assessments and interventions as required and contribute a psychological perspective to multi-disciplinary reviews and discussions. To support you in this, we offer regular individual and group supervision.

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 provide a highly specialist assessments of clients referred to the Team with eating disorders and engaging families and offering family-based interventions in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team.
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors. To provide interventions and make recommendations based on specialist NICE informed Psychological understandings of presenting problems for work to be carried out with clients with the team as a whole and provide support and supervision as necessary to team colleagues. (e.g. Mantra, CBT, CAT, MET, FBT)
  • In conjunction with senior clinicians and managers, to develop procedures and processes to the application of specialist NICE informed psychological interventions (also giving consideration to group work) within the eating disorder service drawing on national, divisional and trust-wide standards of evidence based psychological therapy and best clinical care.
  • Together with the Team, to provide appropriate care for clients not engaged in treatment including: psycho-education, liaising with other professionals, engaging in treatment including using structured approaches such as motivational interviewing, risk assessment, health promotion and crisis intervention.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of clients and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines.
  • To provide advice, psychoeducation, information and psychological interventions to relatives and carers as appropriate.
  • To liaise closely with Eating disorder in patient units , attending review meetings for own clients as possible and participating in discharge planning and psychological follow-up
  • To provide highly specialist advice, consultation and training of staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and setting as appropriate. (Including GPs, acute hospital staff, school nurses, universities).
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects or risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To be proactive in planning transition for clients to other adult services in a timely and sensitive manner if this is appropriate, and to act as a link between services.
  • To communication, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To provide reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.

  • Person Specification

    Education / Qualifications


    • HPC registered Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist
    • Other Recognised Mental Health Professional Qualification. (i.e. Registered Mental Nurse Social Worker or Occupational Therapist) and Post registration clinical qualifications and accreditation in a recognised psychological therapy relevant to the treatment of eating disorders e.g. BABCP, BACP, ACAT or UKCP


    • Evidence of post qualification development
    • Post qualification training/development in a psychological therapy (eg. CAT/CBT/IP



    • Knowledge and experience of working with clients with complex presentations.
    • Proven experience of good multi-agency working relationships
    • Experience of working with a psychological model.
    • Experience of managing own workload to meet objectives.


    • Knowledge and experience of working with clients with eating disorders.
    • Experience of working with the families of people with eating disorders.
    • Experience of training others.
    • Experience of service development.

    Skills & Abilities


    • Evidence of specialist clinical skills of assessment, formulation, and treatment.
    • Ability to use time-limited approaches and work in a focused way
    • Experience of conducting effective risk management assessments.
    • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to foster good inter-team/interagency working relationships.
    • Ability to demonstrate initiative and be proactive.
    • Demonstrate ability to be approachable, flexible, and reliable


    • Evidence of continuing professional development
    • Research, evaluation, and audit skills

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • Knowledge of working with clients with complex presentations.
    • Knowledge of NICE guidance in the treatment of eating disorders


    • Knowledge of working with clients with eating disorders.

    Physical Requirements


    • Able to travel to different locations in the community
    • Able to work independently



    • Demonstrate an understanding and acceptance and commitment to the principles underlying equal opportunities.
    • Ability to work remotely


    • Ability to travel between different locations

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    S3 Outpatients

    Addenbrookes Hospital


    CB2 0QQ

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