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Band 7 Clinical Psychologist - Bristol/South Gloucestershire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
29 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time
An opportunity has arisen for a full time Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join the Learning Disability CAMHS team in Bristol.

LD CAMHS work with children up to 18 years old who have a Moderate to Severe Learning Disability and who experience a range of mental health needs and challenging behaviour.

The successful applicant will join a small established, and friendly multidisciplinary team consisting of Psychiatry, Psychology, Nursing, Support Workers and Admin.

The post holder will provide specialist clinical psychology assessment, formulation and treatment to young people and their families, specialist schools and the wider network.

The successful candidate will have an interest and experience in working with children and families with moderate to severe LD.

If you are interested in making a difference for children with learning disabilities and those who care for them we would love to hear from you.

Main duties of the job

The main duties are to hold a caseload of young people presenting with complex and enduring mental health and challenging behaviour in the context of having a moderate to severe LD.

You will use integrative assessment and formulation skills drawing from Positive Behaviour Support, and Functional Behaviour Assessments, psychometrics assessments, clinical interviews and direct observations in order to create treatment plans with the young person and their network.

You will assess and manage complex risk with the young people.

You will provide specialist clinical psychology consultation, training and supervision to the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) in LD CAMHS including trainees, students and nursing staff.

You will work with the wider care systems which impact on the welfare of our families.

You will participate fully in the development of the service as a member of the multi-disciplinary team, to include involvement in clinical activity (audit and evaluation of the service, outcome evaluation and governance).

You will liaise well with referrers, families, social care and schools alongside teams to offer effective interventions.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset. Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who useour services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

One of the central roles will be to lead in the provision of high quality evidence-based psychological and behavioural assessments, formulations and interventions for our young people and families. The post holder will provide either direct individual or group treatments for service users, and/or provide supervision and training to other staff, enabling the provision of high quality psychologically informed practice and support within the team.

The post holder will also work with families of service users, providing some family support, as appropriate.

The post holder will work as a member of the multidisciplinary team, facilitating the integration of a psychological perspective into the teams understanding of the clinical issues. This may include providing consultation to other professionals, especially where there are ambiguities around diagnosis, formulation and care.

They will provide training and reflective practice forums to support the professional development of their teams, and will supervise other disciplines in the provision of high quality psychological interventions.

The post holder will be expected to take a lead role in service evaluation or research projects relevant to the community team.

The post holder will be expected to attend training and CPD events as appropriate to their role.

To offer regular clinical supervision (both individual and group) to peers, trainees and other professionals from the locality and other parts of the service, including teachers in special schools and social care colleagues.

Person Specification

Experience/ Qualifications


  • Significant experience in LD
  • Experience in working in the community
  • Qualified as a Clinical Psychologist and registered with HCPC
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Well organised with good administration skills
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience


  • An interest in working with CYP
  • Has experience of supervising AP's or trainees
  • Passion and enthusiasm for supporting families to make a difference
  • Any other relevant training e.g PBS, CBT, FT
  • Experience of using Microsoft Outlook and Word for administration and reporting
  • Experience of teaching/training

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Woodland View , Brentry site

Thornfield Road


BS10 6NB

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