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Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 pro rata per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a newly formed service which will provide improved care for veterans in the North of England.

Armed forces veterans who need mental health support will be able to access a new streamlined service from 1 April 2023.

NHS veterans' mental health services are being brought together under one name Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service, to make it easier and more accessible to people who need help.

Op COURAGE offers a range of specialist support and treatment for members of the armed forces community. This includes:
  • helping to recognise and treat early signs of mental health problems, as well as more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma,
  • providing support and treatment for co-occurring mental health and substance use,
  • liaising with charities and local organisations to support wider health and wellbeing, such as help with housing, relationships, finances and employment,
  • referring to other NHS services, where needed, and
  • recognising that family may also need help and care and supporting them to access this.

The service is part of a Provider Collaborative with Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Trust as the Lead Provider. Other delivery partners are Pennine Healthcare NHS Trust, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust, Tees, Esk & Wear Valley NHS Trust, Humber NHS Trust, Combat Stress and Walking with the Wounded.

Main duties of the job

OpCourage operates across the whole of the North of England and is a multi-disciplinary team which includes: Mental Health Practitioners, Psychology, Psychiatry, Substance Misuse Practitioners, Liaison & Support Officers and Peer Support Workers. The team provide liaison, advice and a support service for local mental health teams, the Veteran and their family.

The service provides therapies for veterans experiencing psychological trauma (such as post-traumatic stress disorder) alongside other treatments and advice, including help with substance misuse, physical health, employment, accommodation, relationships and finance.

We need a highly motivated and experienced Clinical Psychologist/Psychological Therapist to join this service, working in the North East. You will work within a consultation role, providing supervision, support and advice to the clinical team supporting veterans, as well as providing therapy to armed forces veterans within the pathway.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will support the team with psychological formulation, safety and discharge planning as well as contributing to the training and education of teams across the region. You will also provide assessment, formulation and direct one-to-one psychological interventions to veterans within the pathway. Supporting the team to deliver excellence to meet the unique needs of the veteran population are key aspects of this service and the post involves contributing towards research, evaluation and service development.

This role involves some travel across a large geographical region supporting the implementation of a coherent and clinical model. We view the regional aspect of this role as an opportunity to enhance and broaden your professional development, through an outward facing and responsive service in different communities and to learn and share psychology practice and establish robust networks.

An experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist/CBT Therapist you should have experience of working with complex trauma and with a wide variety of clients across care settings. Experience of working with veterans and veteran services is highly desired.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 14th November 2023

Closing date : 28th November 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Essential and Desirable


  • Registered Professional qualification


  • 4. Supervision qualification and experience
  • 3. High level knowledge of theory and practice of at least 2 specialised Psychological therapies



  • Experience of working in a wide range of settings, including working with Veterans



  • Doctorate level training in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the BPS (or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996) with HCPC registration OR Doctorate level training in Counselling Psychology as accredited by BPS with HCPC registration OR Completed at least masters level psychotherapy training recognised by the BPC and hold accreditation with BPC as Jungian analyst, psychoanalyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist or hold accreditation with the UKCP with accredited masters level psychotherapy training OR Level 2 BABCP accredited CBT course or equivalent recognised training route with current accreditation with BABCP with prior qualification in relevant core profession plus additional training and experience as demonstrated by eg additional training and experience in offering CBT for Complex cases, EMDR, ACT or DBT training or Mindfulness based approaches in CBT training.



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Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Vermont House


NE37 2SQ

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