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Band 8a CBTp Supervisor

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
5 Mar 2024

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Mental health, CBT therapist
Band 8A
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a CBTp Psychological Therapist to deliver supervision across Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos.

As part of the Community Mental Health Framework, we are delivering an exciting transformation training programme to support people with psychosis and bipolar mental health needs to improve access to psychological therapies

The training aims to increase access to psychological interventions for people living with psychosis and bipolar, in two ways:

1. By training care co-ordinators to deliver assessment, formulation, and psychological interventions which are trauma informed and from an evidence base and

2. To increase knowledge of the NICE concordant pathway to help care co-ordinators know what CBT and therapy entails and when to refer, to address the current low referral rates for people living with psychosis and bipolar

As a service we are commitment to address issues of structural inequalities and oppression that often create barriers in the provision of equitable care for the service user groups in the Locality.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist CBTp supervision to staff professionally registered staff who have completed the 8 day CBT informed interventions training for working with psychosis and bipolar presentations.
  • The post holder will use their specialist psychological knowledge and skills to provide a formulation based care service to inform the effective management of service users, families and carers, within the local IMHT
  • To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients' formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues.
  • To clinically supervise less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.
  • To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the areas served by the Psychological Therapies Service.
  • The post holder will be expected to offer fortnightly group supervision to band 5,6, & 7 staff who have completed or who are completing the training who are currently unable to access supervision within their teams. You will be supporting staff from Bristol, North Somerset and South Glos.

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 To provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic psychological therapy service. 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). 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. 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. To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service. 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. To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the Bristol North Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team. To be involved in the development and delivery of training for the North Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team and more broadly within the Trust. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the North Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems. To support the full implementation of CPA or equivalent including acting as care/coordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service. To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner. Because of the seniority of this post the post holder may be required to participate in on-call arrangements, after suitable training

MANAGEMENT Delegated day to day operational management of psychological Practitioners within the North Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team. Delegated caseload supervision Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested

PROFESSIONAL To fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCP. To fully observe the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and the DCP Guidelines for the Professional Practice of Clinical Psychology (1995). To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area, Psychological therapy policies and procedures. Copies of Trust Policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager. To participate in local psychological therapy meetings and trust wide meetings as appropriate. To maintain and develop high standards of psychological therapist practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with other psychological therapists. To participate in an annual performance appraisal. To participate in clinical supervision.

SERVICE GOVERNANCE To participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the LDU tomaintain 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.

TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT To provide supervision for psychological therapy trainees from regional trainingcourses and elsewhere as appropriate. To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in multidisciplinary teams, especially North Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team. This is to include joint assessment, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by other team memberswith service users. To contribute to the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care across service settings through providing teaching, training, consultation and supervision. To provide training and supervision to assistant psychological therapists. To participate in peer supervision arrangements for psychological therapists 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 psychological therapies, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines. To agree a plan of personal development with the line manager and professional lead for the service. Provide inclusive, compassionate and effective leadership for your team of psychological therapists working into Assessment and Recovery services by setting clear vision and direction. Develop a culture and environment in which members of staff are encouraged and supported to deliver high- quality services and are supported to innovate and improve services where appropriate. Encourage your team to feel able to raise concerns openly and safely. Promote equality of opportunity in service delivery and employment, ensuring that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, religion, creed, colour nationality ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability. Support prompt recruitment by identifying vacancies to the AWP Recruitment Team as soon as they arise, and participate in the selection and effective induction and onboarding of new joiners to the team. Ensure that all team members have a very positive introduction to the team and a well-supported first year. Take responsibility for encouraging people to stay with AWP, ensuring that you are aware whenever a member of your team is considering leaving, seeking to understand their reasons and encouraging them to stay. Ensure that key messages are cascaded in your team and that your team are encouraged to put forward suggestions. Show appreciation to your team when they do good work and support them when they are struggling. Consider the individual needs of team members for a healthy work-life balance and think about how their needs can be supported by providing flexible ways of working. Support all team members to keep their mandatory and statutory training up-to-date and identify the learning and development needs of all team members of the team ensuring that everyone has an up-to-date personal development plan (PDP). Ensure that every team member as at least an hour of supervision (one-to-one meeting) each month, this may include both managerial and clinical supervision. Ensure all team members receive a constructive assessment of their performance each year and set SMART objectives for the coming year. Seek support from the HR Team to tackle any worries regarding matters of discipline, including both conduct and capability concerns, supporting a just and restorative culture. Take prompt action regarding serious concerns and ensure clear plans are in place for problems which are less serious in nature but prove difficult to resolve. Act as a positive role model at all times, encouraging people to feel equal members of the team whilst working within clear frameworks and policies. Promote effective use of bank and agency nursing staff, providing a safe and effective service, complying with regulatory standards.

PERFORMANCE AND INFORMATION MANAGEMENT Ensure that you and your team understand all of the agreed key performance indicators for your service, particularly relating to outcomes and essential standards to be met. Ensure that you and your team understand data quality standards and that all the necessary records for your service are maintained and reported. Ensure that you and your team understand all of the clinical and business action plans relevant to your services. Ensure that you and your team understand all of the monitoring, auditing and reporting systems relevant to your services.

SERVICE DEVELOPMENT AND PLANNING Actively seek opportunities for improvement for the services which you and your team provide by identifying research evidence and best practice elsewhere, interpreting/translating and facilitating adaptation for AWP. Analyse and interpret data to inform the strategic direction of the services which you and your team provide Ensure multidisciplinary involvement and the use of quality improvement (QI) techniques in service improvement, by negotiating shared solutions, facilitating the resolution of complex or contentious issues and managing any conflict into constructive outcomes. Ensure effective risk identification, analysis, mitigation and management within your services, encouraging all members of your team to be aware of and to manage risks.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • oDoctoral Clinical Psychology or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • oEligible for Chartered Psychologist status.
  • oHCPC Registered.
  • oPost qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention.


  • oSupervision Training

Experience and Knowledge


  • oTraining others in Psychosis/Bipolar presentations within MH services
  • oExperience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues.
  • oClinical supervision/consultation with other professionals.
  • oEvidence based therapeutic interventions with client group.
  • oPsychological assessment skills and knowledge in Psychosis.
  • oAdvanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/organizationally.
  • oExperience of risk assessment and management.
  • oExperience of delivery of training.


  • oRelevant R& D or clinical audit work post qualification.
  • oClinical supervision of Psychological therapy trainees
  • oExperience of Working psychologically with Older adults

Skills and Abilities


  • oGood communication and liaison skills.
  • oEmpathy/engagement skills with the client group.
  • oAbility to cope with workload pressure/ prioritise workload.
  • oAbility to work independently.
  • oSelf-awareness and emotional resilience.

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Kingswood civic Centre

South Glos PTS, Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood BS15 9TR


BS15 9TR

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