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Senior Psychological Therapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Steeton, Keighley
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

The Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) at Airedale General Hospital are looking for a highly motivated Clinical Psychologist or Psychological Therapist to join our busy team. With a passion for working with individuals in crisis, the successful candidate will play a key role in leading the development of psychological therapies in IHTT, supporting the Care Closer to Home agenda. You will drive psychologically informed care within the team supporting formulation development to inform care planning and risk management.

Working together with psychological therapists from across the Acute Community Service area, you will develop innovative ways of delivering crisis-focused psychological therapies. We are a small and supportive team of clinical and counselling psychologists and psychological therapists who are passionate about increasing access for clients and carers to meaningful trauma-informed and neuroaffirmative support in their time of need. We have a key role in supporting staff teams in their work. We are working to increase co-production across our service area and encourage working with Involvement Workers and Experts by Experience to support continued improvement.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing a rage of adapted time-limited, evidence-informed interventions and knowledge and previous training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or Solution Focused Therapy will be an advantage. You will deliver expert clinical supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies to staff from multiple disciplines working with individuals in mental health crises.

Closing Date: 19th April 2024

Shortlisting Date: 20th April 2024

Interview Date: TBC

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care- We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen- We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver- We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

The Trust reserves the right to close this position early if a significant number of applications are received .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS. Current HCPC registration required. or Formal Qualification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy - Registered with the recognised and relevant accreditation body.


  • Previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW., Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health. Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology. Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience. Supervision qualification, in the relevant therapeutic modality.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and intervention of clients across the full range of care settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity and acute distress. Experience of utilising the Care Program Approach & risk management. Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams. Delivering Clinical Supervision Application of evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service.


  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice. Experience of taking lead roles in clinical practice/service development. Experience of working with Acute in patient settings and/or Intensive Home Treatment Teams Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies.



  • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service Relevant specialist clinical courses/training. Research awareness. Understanding of the care programme approach and the Mental Health Act.


  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.



  • Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, therapeutic interventions and management. Mental health assessment/formulation. Case prioritisation and workload management. Ability to communicate and liaise effectively with practitioners, secondary mental health services and other agencies. Able to autonomous decisions using judgement and to work effectively as part of a MDT. Key worker case management. Skills in risk assessment and risk management. High standards of record keeping. Presentation and teaching skills. Assertiveness skills. Ability to work without direct supervision, though with access to regular supervision. Supervising learners and other staff.


  • Skills in group work. Planning and organising skills for caseload management.



  • Reliable, tolerant, enthusiastic, honest and trustworthy. Commitment to ethos of the clinical service and MDT working. Aware of equalities and discrimination. Motivated, with initiative. Willing to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service operational priorities. Supports Trust mission values and operational priorities. Willing to develop skills and aptitudes through appraisal.



  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post (with reasonable adjustments if necessary). Fit to undertake the demands of the post, eg. able to undertake handling and moving, coping with violence and aggression (MAV) techniques and on a yearly basis be able to access the course and complete the competencies set in order to achieve the MAV certificate. Ability to work in a range of settings, including: service user's own home, clinic settings, & inpatient environments. Ability to travel to and from locations across the Bradford & Airedale district. Appearance - professional, clean, willing to adhere to dress standards policy.



  • BDCT requires all its staff and prospective employees to carry out your duties in line with Trust Equality policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, to deliver and promote equity of access to healthcare and equality of opportunity at work at all times.

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Airedale Centre Mental Health

Skipton Road

Steeton, Keighley

BD20 6TA

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