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Band 8a Trials Coordinator - Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
4 Jan 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
AWP Trust is pleased to offer this very exciting opportunity to join a Multi-Centre research team for a trial called Sleeping Better . This is a Wellcome Trust-funded research programme with two linked randomised control trials treating sleep psychologically.

You should bepassionate and committed to developing psychological approaches for people with early stages of psychosisthat make it hard for them to get on with their lives. This position would suite clinicians with an interest in cognitive therapy, treatment innovation and clinical trials.

The position is open to individuals with a Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology or Psychological Therapist background, ideally with experience of research.

As well as working closely within the Sleeping Better Team with colleagues at University of Oxford, you will receive excellent support and input from more senior and well established members of the BANES psychological therapies team (PTS) as you will be co-located within this team. There will be opportunities for regular connection to the wider PTS, including opportunities for continuing professional development and development of innovative research projects.

If you already work within AWP this post will be offered as a secondment. Please liaise and gain approval from your current line manager before applying.

Please note that the interview date is 6th December, in person in Bath

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for AWP's involvement in the Sleeping Better trial determining whether the sleep problems of many patients at the early stages of psychosis can be successfully treated.

The post holder will have a central role in the trial, being responsible for the day-to-day delivery of Sleeping Better in AWP. This will include delivering Psychological Therapy, supervising research assistants, recruiting and conducting assessments with participants and supervising other clinicians in the delivery of the intervention.

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 use our 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

They should have the ability to organise and manage multiple interlinked components of the project and their work. You will need to demonstrate a high level of interpersonal skills and be able to conduct interviews, assessment and treatment with potentially vulnerable individuals. Most importantly, you will need to be enthusiastic about the research area and have a high level of motivation and commitment.

The post holder will be located with the AWP Principle Investigator (Dr Kate Chapman) at Bath NHS House (Bath) and linking closely with the Trust's Research and Development Team (Bristol). You will be required to travel throughout the Trust in order to recruit to the trial. Please see local information sheet, job description and person specificationfor more detailed information about the post.

This is a fixed term contract for the duration of the trial (beginning 01 April 2024 for 36 months).

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychology qualification or relevant clinical qualification
  • Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status (if applicable)

Experience and Knowledge


  • Evidence based therapeutic interventions with client group
  • Psychological assessment skills and knowledge
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/ organizationally
  • Extensive experience of risk assessment and risk management


  • Relevant R& D or clinical audit work post qualification
  • Clinical supervision of clinical psychology trainees

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as an integral member of a team
  • Good communication and liaison skills
  • Well organised with good administration skills
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/ prioritise workload
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Bath NHS House

Newbridge Hill



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