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Senior Psychological Therapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford and Craven
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to offer two new opportunities to join a team at the forefront of innovative mental health practice.

The Core Community Mental Health service will be an integrated mental health service with colleagues from Primary Care, Secondary Care, Local Authority and Voluntary Sector working alongside one another to deliver a holistic and person-centred approach to mental health difficulties under the national Community Mental Health Transformation programme.

The Senior Psychological Therapist will play a pivotal role in service development, with successful applicants being instrumental in the design and delivery of psychological approaches to meet the needs of our communities and fundamentally increase access to psychological therapy. This role particularly focuses on the group who may traditionally have had limited access to psychological approaches as consequence of existing service boundaries and other exclusion factors. Direct clinical work, supervision, consultation, training, research and evaluation will all be core elements of this post. Clinical work will involve working with a range of presenting problems but typically with individuals who's experience of trauma is causing distress and impacting on quality of life.

Main duties of the job

Successful candidates will be experienced in working with complex mental health needs and familiar with working through a trauma informed lens to understand what has happened to people and ways to alleviate their distress. We welcome innovation and creativity to meet the needs of our diverse communities. Those with a passion for reducing health inequalities and working with the wider system will flourish in this role.

Experience in working with older adults and/or young adults is highly desirable as is qualification in one of the nationally recognised psychological therapies for severe mental health problems modalities (DBT, EMDR, CAT, CBT for psychosis/personality disorder/eating disorders, MBT).

For further information, please contact Laura Dixon on
  • Provide specialist evidence based psychological assessment, formulation & therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Provide clinical leadership, supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.
  • Provide clinical consultation and advice to health and non-health colleagues within designated system.
  • Support adherence to relevant NICE guidance and clinical governance arrangements.
  • To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.
  • Work with the Team/Clinical Manager on service development, leading research and development activities.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care- We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen- We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver- We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Work as an effective member of the multi disciplinary team bringing psychological theory and knowledge to the wider team via joint work, consultation, reflective spaces, supervision and team formulations.
  • Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other psychological therapists, to deliver specialist evidence based assessment, formulation and therapy to individual and groups of patients.
  • Manage a designated caseload of patients with responsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of therapy.
  • Supervise and support psychological therapists and other colleagues within the broader mental health system.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outcomes. This will include leading/conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and empathic.
  • Act as a mentor to students, support newly qualified staff and be responsible for implementing the appraisal process.
  • Use IT systems effectively
  • Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.
  • To complete Routine Outcome Monitoring as required by service area in a timely and meaningful fashion.
  • Provide clinical leadership to psychological therapists.
  • Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service.

Please read the attached Job description for further details about this role.

Person Specification

Professional qualification


  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence OR Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy
  • Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP, HCPC via: (a) Professional route requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the BABCP).





  • oSignificant experience in relevant area of mental health practise.
  • oApplication of evidenced based specialist psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.
  • oApplication of specialist psychological therapy within individual and group modality.
  • oClinical leadership experience.
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • oSignificant post qualification experience and training.
  • oExperience delivering psychological therapies to patients with complex difficulties.
  • oExperience of working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Community based

Bradford and Craven

BD18 3LD

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