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Band 8a Clinical Psychologist/Mental Wellbeing Team Clinical Lead

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
3 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Would you like to clinically lead our newteam to help people easily access the mental health support they need in Bristol? If so, we would love to hear from you. In total we will be advertising three Clinical Psychology posts into three new Bristol teams. This role is to cover South Bristol (others will be advertised for north and central/east). This will give you the opportunity to find ways to work together.

If you believe in a holistic approach to supporting individuals who are struggling with their mental health, and would like to lead a team with multiple partners and be involved in forming a brand new service then this is the job for you.

In Bristol we are redesigning our community mental health services to help people get the care they need, quickly and close to home. Bringing together Primary and Secondary care, Local Authority and Voluntary sector services, into new Integrated Mental Health Teams.

Supported by the Complex Psychological Therapies Team you will provide clinical leadership to the newly formed Mental Wellbeing Integrated Network Teams (MINT) and help to develop the service. You will be providing leadership and training as well as delivering specialist psychological assessment and therapy, consultation and supporting MINT staff in delivering psychological interventions under supervision. It will be important for applicants to be aware of the latest evidence-based interventions and be able to evidence outcomes.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide clinical leadership to the newly formed Mental Wellbeing Integrated Network Teams (MINT).
  • To liaise with relevant partner agencies in south Bristol to further develop the team.
  • To work with MINT colleagues and partner agencies to develop processes and procedures for the team which enhance relationships with local services.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and carers to the MINT.
  • To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients' formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues.
  • To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the various teams working into the local MINT and in the area.
  • To clinically supervise/line manage trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPs) and less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.
  • To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the areas served by the MINT.
  • To develop and deliver training in psychological therapies for multidisciplinary staff.

About us

In taking on this role you will have the opportunity to work into a brand new team, developing the clinical model and shaping the psychological interventions on offer. You will link with partners across Bristol and have the opportunity to influence the expansion of the team going forwards.

The successful candidate will have excellent support and supervision from the Complex Psychological interventions (CPI) service. The CPI are a friendly and supportive team, who are highly valued within local services. They offer a range of activities to support psychologically informed care within the secondary mental health service, developing and delivering psychological therapies. The team are comprised of multidisciplinary professions, including Clinical Psychologists, Arts Psychotherapists, Medical Psychotherapists and Specialist Nurses.

There will be opportunities to link with psychological therapist colleagues and participate in regular case presentations and peer learning and development through the CPI. The CPI have links to local training institutions and Universities, bringing opportunities for teaching, mentoring, andresearch. The CPI also work to support opportunities to develop staff through ongoing professional training and development, both internally and externally.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and deliver a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinical psychology service to the MINT in line with best practice and National guidelines.
  • 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 MINT and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of the MINT
  • To be involved in the development and delivery of training to multidisciplinary staff in the MINT
  • To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by teams.
  • To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Service.
  • To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.
  • To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner.

  • Delegated caseload supervision
  • 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 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, Clinical Psychology policies and procedures.
  • To participate in local psychological therapy and psychology meetings and trust wide meetings as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • To participate in an annual performance appraisal.
  • To participate in clinical supervision.

  • 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.
  • 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 psychology trainees from regional training courses and Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPs) and elsewhere as appropriate.
  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 by setting clear vision and direction.
  • 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 the MINT 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.

      • Ensure that you understand all of the key governance requirements, policies and standards for your services and that these are communicated to your team make sure your team understand the importance of good governance.
      • Support the development of policies relevant to the MINT, including your team in this work.

      • 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.
      • To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams as appropriate.
      • To advise managers of service developments

      • To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.
      • 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.
      • To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.


      With the following staff working and providing services in the area

      Head of CPI

      Clinical psychologists and other psychological therapy staff across the area and working in MINT teams across BNSSG.

      MINT Team Leader and multidisciplinary staff in the various teams in the MINT and area

      GP Leads

      MINT Hub Manager and Clinical Co-ordinator

      • Balancing the roles of therapist, clinical lead, consultant, supervisor and trainer.
      • Managing the demand for psychological therapy.


      Actively seek opportunities for improvement for the MINT 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.

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