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Senior Psychological Therapist

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is rare opportunity to work within the specialist adult services family team,.

The post is be embedded within the Gateshead Locality working across Early Interventions in Psychosis and the Adult Community Treatment Service. You will provide direct family interventions and systemic family therapy for service users, their families, and networks.

Main duties of the job

You will also offer clinical supervision to staff trained in family interventions and systemic family therapy. There are also opportunities to contribute to our accredited training programmes as both a course tutor and supervisor.

You will need to establish positive partnerships working across several different teams and services. The requires excellent clinical leadership skills. High levels of flexibility, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

We work in collaboration with psychological therapies colleagues to improve access to high quality evidenced based family and network-based therapies within secondary adult mental health services. There will be opportunities to contribute to this developmental work alongside the service Consultant Family Therapist and Clinical Lead.

You will receive operational, and clinical supervision as well as continuing professional development within the Family Therapy Service at the CNTW Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies.

Due to the specialist nature of the service, applicants must be at Qualifying Level in Systemic Family Therapy and be eligible for registration with the UKCP. Family Interventions in Psychosis Training or a commitment to train in this approach is essential to the role. Training will be provided if this is required. The post-holder should also be an AFT Approved Supervisor or have a commitment to train as a supervisor.

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.

We recognise that the people who work for us are our greatest asset, and when you feel supported and happy at work this positively reaches those very people we are here for - our service users.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 14th November 2023

Closing date : 28th November 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification



  • An Honours Degree in Psychology recognised for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society, or RMN, or equivalent degree level qualification in mental health
  • Post-graduate qualifications in psychological assessment and psychological therapy (e.g. Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Post-graduate diploma in CBT, IAPT High Intensity CBT diploma).
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist or equivalent e.g. BABCP registered CBT or Member of an appropriate professional bodypractitioner.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of one or more specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups relevant to the community pathway, e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities.
  • Substantial post qualification experience of specialist model specific psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a psychological therapist over a minimum of 18 months or an alternative agreed by the Psychological Services Professional Lead.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.


  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Trainer in Clinical Supervision.

Skills and Competencies


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Specialist skills and competency in at least two evidence based psychological therapies relevant to the pathway.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of one or more specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups relevant to the community pathway, e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinical sensitive information to clients, their family, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing clinical supervision and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the relevant regulating or professional body.
  • Formal training in clinical supervision.
  • Skills in managing emotional impact of dealing with highly emotive and distressing situations through self management and use of the clinical supervision process.

Role Specific Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi media materials for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive behaviour.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Personal Characteristics


  • Flexible attitude towards work
  • Able to meet the mobility requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Benfield House

Benfield Road

Newcastle upon Tyne


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