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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (Family Safeguarding Model)

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year Per annum pro rate
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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The Family Safeguarding Team is an innovative partnership model between Swindon Borough Council and a network of other statutory and voluntary sector organisations. The wider Family Safeguarding Team is comprised of substance misuse, domestic abuse, adult mental health workers and children's social workers. Workers from specialist organisations join together to form one team working with families. The Family Safeguarding Team focuses on working to develop parents' strengths to positively change their behaviour and relationships in order to improve their children's lives. By assisting parents to make positive changes more children can stay at home with their birth family and thrive, not just survive.

This 8a Psychologist role is positioned within the aspect of the service that focuses on the mental health of parents. This is a pioneering role with the opportunity to lead on the creation of psychologically and trauma informed environments and practice in the context of family safeguarding.

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.

Main duties of the job

You should have significant post-qualification experience of working in a mental health setting, providing time limited, evidence based psychological interventions (mainly CBT and DBT informed work). The postholder will carry a small caseload, providing psychological interventions to parents with identified mental health needs who are open to the Family Safeguarding Team. You will also provide clinical supervision, consultation and training to the Mental Health Practitioners within the team, and to the wider team, as required, advising on how the mental health needs of parents might best be met.

This role would be ideally suited to someone who is looking for a new challenge, who enjoys working with colleagues from a range of different backgrounds and who is committed to working in an innovative way to improve the lives of children and their families.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities


To provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic psychological therapies service to the Family Safeguarding team.

To undertake highly specialist assessments risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies to a small caseload of people with identified mental health needs, as part of the Family Safeguarding team.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions forindividuals and groups, within the Family Safeguarding team.

To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service (CBT and DBT informed).

To provide highly specialist consultation to the Mental Health Practitioners and others in the team regarding formulation and psychological management of clients open to the Family Safeguarding team.

To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of service users open to the Family Safeguarding team.

To be involved in the development and delivery of training as appropriate.

To participate in line management and caseload supervision arrangementsprovided by the Family Safeguarding team, and to participate in clinical supervision provided by the Swindon Psychological Therapies Service.

To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreedsystems.

To enter data on relevant systems in a timely manner.


Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff as relevant.

Delegated caseload supervision as relevant.

Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested.

The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested


To fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCPC. To fully observe the BPS (2009) Code of Conduct and the DCP Generic Professional Practice Guidelines (2008).

To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of relevant policies and procedures.

To participate in local team meetings and any relevant meetings of thePsychological Therapies Service.

To maintain and develop high standards of Clinical/ Counselling Psychologypractice by engaging in continuing professional development and cooperative working/networking with other psychological therapists.

To participate in an annual performance appraisal

To participate in clinical supervision.


To participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the team to maintain a safe, effective service which responds to service user feedback.

To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.

To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.

To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.


To provide supervision for Clinical and/or Counselling Psychology trainees from regional training courses and other courses as appropriate.

To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff within the Family Safeguarding team. This is to include joint assessment, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by other Mental Health practitioners.

To contribute to the development of a psychologically based, and traumainformed, framework of understanding and care across service settings through providing teaching, training, consultation and supervision.

To provide training and supervision to assistant psychologists .

To participate in peer supervision arrangements for psychologists in the area.

To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop psychological skills for staff in the area.

To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other disciplines.

To agree a plan of personal development with the line manager and professional lead for the service.


To collaborate with specialist staff and other agencies in the team to extend the range of specialist psychological individual, family and group interventions available to service users on the Family Safeguarding team caseload.

To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams asappropriate.

To advise managers of service developments in the field.


To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.

To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining theeffectiveness of current service delivery and informing the development of services relevant to client needs.

To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.

Person Specification Qualifications and training Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification, or equivalent
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention (CBT and/or DBT).
Skills and experience Essential
  • Experience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Significant experience of working in mental health setting
  • Clinical supervision/ consultation with other professionals
  • 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/ organisationally
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and processes, including those relating to safeguarding
  • Experience of delivery of training
  • Experience of working with parents where mental health challenges, experiences of trauma and adversity are impacting on their parenting capacity
  • Experience of working in an integrated team, with colleagues from third sector and other statutory agencies.
Personal qualities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as an integral member of a team
  • Excellent communication and liaison skills.
  • Well organised with good administration skills.
  • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group.
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Self awareness and emotional resilience.

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