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B7/8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist -development role

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Aldershot Centre for Health, Hospital Hill, Aldershot, GU11 1AY
£41,902 -£55,064 inc. Fringe HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a band 7/8a Preceptorship post for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the community mental health team in Aldershot, the vacancy would be open to all final year trainees.

The post is very flexible, we would love to hear from you if you are due to qualify this year, as well as recently qualified psychologists and those whom meet the criteria for 8a. If you do not meet the criteria for an 8a role we will appoint you with progression opportunities to meet the standard competencies required and upon successful completion of the preceptorship programme you will progress to the 8a.

The post holder will be working with another 8a in the team and meet with other Psychologists in the community teams. Working with adults who experience severe and enduring mental health difficulties. You will hold a varied caseload with support and training to develop skills and expertise in working with people with personality disorder, complex trauma, and psychosis. You would be working with friendly, diverse and supportive multi-disciplinary teams who truly value the skills and expertise of our Clinical/Counselling Psychologists.

This is an exciting time to join SABP and an ideal position in which to grow your career as a practitioner Psychologist. This post will develop your skills in leadership, working creatively in these unprecedented times, MDT working and working with complex clients. There are lots of opportunities for CPD. We are at the forefront of developing services and are working closely with NHS England to develop and test out new models of care. Developing psychological services within 24/7 care and developing Trauma Informed services are viewed to be an important component of clinical care going forward.

Your clinical work would involve providing assessment, formulation and psychological interventions to CMHRS clients, and consultation to the MDT. The post requires good teamwork skills and enthusiasm for working with a challenging client group. The Trust has a strong commitment to maintaining contacts with psychological services elsewhere in the Trust, CPD and clinical supervision. Strong links also exist with Surrey University doctoral training courses and trainees are taken regularly on placement.

We are going to be receiving additional funding to support training in psychological treatments and it will be possible to engage in additional training to improve access to a range of specialist therapy approaches for Severe and Enduring Mental Health difficulties. Knowledge of working with high risk, complex mental health difficulties and experience in group therapy work and project work would be desirable. Training in ACT, CBT, DBT, EMDR and/or trauma work would be preferable.

We are innovative in developing new initiatives and the work is rewarding. We would hope that you will be keen to join us in the transformation of services to increase access to psychological therapies.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role and the large geographical area that this post covers.

We would welcome and encourage expressions of interest, or an informal visit.

We also have other opportunities in the Trust in other divisions, if you would like to know more, please get in touch with Dr Anita Jenkins, Consultant Psychologist at or Carol Frost, Service Manager at

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