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Psychological Therapist with Psychosis Leadership Role

Solent NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year The salary will be pro-rata for part time hours
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for an experienced clinical or counselling psychologist or psychological therapist to work within our community adult mental health service. This is a split post, to provide a specialist psychological service to people with severe or complex mental problems within our recovery teams (RTs) and At Risk Mental State (ARMS) service. More specifically, the post holder will provide a clinical leadership role in The psychological interventions for psychosis pathway and in the development of the new At Risk Mental State (ARMS) service.

This role will involve providing specialist assessment advising on treatability and helping to implement the Psychological therapies Service Strategy within the community. You will also have you own caseload and provide caseload management and supervision of junior staff.

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and enthusiastic clinical or counselling psychologist or psychological therapist to join our psychological therapy service in Solent NHS Trust. You will be joining a small and supportive trust where psychologists and psychological therapists work closely with other professionals and multi-disciplinary teams to offer high-quality care across Portsmouth, predominantly based at St Mary's Community Campus.

For more information on the post, please contact Dr Helen Courtney, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 07767 787492. Informal visits are also welcomed.

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder must have either post-doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS Or Post graduate diploma level training in Cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT).
  • They must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and ideally with the British association for behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies (BABCP).
  • Ideally the post holder will have undertaken a post graduate diploma in CBT for psychosis and family work training.
  • They must have substantial experience in working with people with psychosis.

About us

Make a difference with us

If you are looking for somewhere you can make a real difference and are passionate about keeping people safe, well and out of hospital, a career with us may be just what you're looking for. At Solent NHS Trust, we strive to make a difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities.

We are proud to be an organisation which is focused on our people and we welcome people who share our values to come and work with us.

To deliver great care that is safe, simple and easy to access

To be a caring, flexible and supportive place to work

To deliver the best value for money

Our shared values support the development of a strong working culture. They breathe life into our organisation -- guiding and inspiring all of our actions and decisions. They enable us to be better at what we do and create a great place for our staff to work, whilst ensuring we provide the highest quality of care to our patients.

In creating our values, we spent time listening to our employees and members. Based on what people told us, we created our HEART values to reflect the deep belief that we are caring organisation at the centre of our community: Honesty, Everyone counts, Accountable, Respectful, Teamwork.

We are an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

We encourage and support our staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description*

Person Specification



  • Post- graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist.Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings (including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and / or residential care settings.Evidence of 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.Experience of professional management of qualified and trainee psychologists and psychological therapists.Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated speciality.Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.


  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.Evidence of service development and evaluation.Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

Solent NHS Trust


St Mary's Community Health Campus

Milton Road




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