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Band 8A Clinical Psychologist - Complex Emotional Needs Service

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pro rata
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 8A
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Part Time
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This post has become available at an exciting time of service and staff development.

The post sits within the BNSSG Wide Complex Emotional Needs service which is a newly developed service currently leading on the role out of structured clinical management within recovery teams in BNSSG. The team also offers supervision, consultation and training and supports the delivery of evidence based psychological interventions alongside the associated psychological therapy / complex psychological intervention services.

The initial task for the post holder is to provide clinical supervision and support alongside Plymouth University to four apprentice clinical associate psychologists to complete their course. The next stage will be to plan the future of their permanent band 6 posts across BNSSG to support the delivery of intervention, training and supervision for service users with a diagnosis or needs associated with complex emotional needs (personality disorder). The post also has excellent opportunities to deliver evidence based psychological interventions for this service user group and develop the role further once the CAPs have completed their course.

Main duties of the job

This post is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the improvement of services for people with a diagnosis of personality disorder in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucester (BNSSG).

This is one of two AWP posts to introduce, supervise and evaluate the introduction of Clinical Associate Psychologists as well as provide a specialist clinical role. The clinical associate psychologists are nearing completion of their course which would allow time to evaluate and be creative with this role.

The role gives the opportunity for the development of both leadership and specialist therapy skills with support from the BNSSG PD clinical lead, colleagues in local psychological therapy services and the Head of Psychological Therapies. You will be a Clinical Psychologist with experience, hope and enthusiasm in working with Service Users with complex mental health problems including those with a diagnosis of Personality Disorder (also known as complex emotional needs).

For more information please contact Gemma Gowing (

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

CLINICAL 1. To provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinicalpsychology service .

2. To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychological assessment , risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies with clients and their carers ( as appropriate to the role).

3. 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, across the full range of care settings.

4. To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

5. To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service

6. To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in the area and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of those teams.

7. To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by teams.

8. To be involved in the development and delivery of training within the Trust.

9. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the service.

10. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.

11. To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner

MANAGEMENT(1) Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff(2) Delegated caseload supervision(3) Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested(4) The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested

PROFESSIONAL1. To fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCP. To fully observe the BPS (2009) Code of Conduct and the DCP Generic Professional Practice Guidelines(2008).

2. To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area, Clinical Psychology policies and procedures. Copies of Trust Policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.

3. To participate in local psychological therapy and psychology meetings and trust wide meetings as appropriate.

4. To maintain and develop high standards of clinical psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with other clinical psychologists.

5. To participate in an annual performance appraisal

6. To participate in clinical supervision

SERVICE GOVERNANCE1. To participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the LDU to maintain a safe, effective service which responds to Service User feedback.

2. To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.

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

4. To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.

TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT1. To provide supervision for clinical psychology trainees from regional training courses and elsewhere as appropriate.

2. To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in multidisciplinary teams. This is to include joint assessment, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by other team members with service users.

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

4. To provide training and supervision to assistant psychologists .

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

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

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

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

SERVICE / POLICY DEVELOPMENT1. To collaborate with specialist staff and other agencies in the LDU to extend the range of specialist psychological individual, family and group interventions available across the area.

2. To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams as appropriate.

3. To advise managers of service developments


1. To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.

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

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

KEY WORKING RELATIONSHIPSWith the following staff working and providing services in the areaClinical psychologists and other Psychological Therapy staff across the area.

Team Leaders and multidisciplinary staff in the various teams in the area

MOST CHALLENGING PARTS OF THE ROLE Balancing the roles of therapist, consultant, supervisor and trainer. Managing the demand for psychological therapy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status.
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention.
  • Relevant R&D or clinical audit work post qualification
Experience Essential
  • Evidence based therapeutic interventions with client group.
  • Psychological assessment skills and knowledge.
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
  • Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/organisationally.
  • Training others in MH services topics.
  • Clinical supervision of clinical psychology trainees.
  • Supervision Training
Skills Essential
  • Good communication and liaison skills.
  • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group.
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload.
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience.
  • Well organised with good administration skills.

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