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Clinical Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an applied psychologist who is keen to work in community mental healthcare and develop their skills in specialist psychological therapies. We will consider applications from recently qualified psychologists looking to develop into a Band 8A role via a preceptorship.

In this post, you will spend three days per week working in Southampton East Community Mental Health Team at Bitterne Park, or one of the other Community Mental Health Teams in Southampton by agreement. Working alongside colleagues, you will provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions. You will offer consultation, supervision and training to staff within the multi-disciplinary team. You will also attend team meetings and complex case panels. You will manage and supervise an assistant psychologist and/or a band 7 clinical psychologist working in the same team.

Main duties of the job

Alongside your work in the community mental health team, you will spend up to two days per week delivering specialist psychological therapies to service users from across the city. Principle current needs are therapies for people with complex emotional needs and psychosis.

Applicants should have experience of working with people with severe mental health problems. We are looking for someone who has well-developed interpersonal and clinical skills, together with the resilience needed to thrive in a busy city-based NHS service.

You will join a friendly and supportive team of psychologists and psychological therapists with a wealth of expertise including CBT, DBT, CAT, ACT, EMDR and psychodynamic approaches. We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as strong academic links.

You will receive professional leadership and line management from a Principal Clinical Psychologist. You will receive clinical supervision tailored to your own model of practice. All our Community Mental Health Team bases enjoy free parking. Flexible working arrangements are possible, including some remote working according to clinical need.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and keen to increase the diversity of our team.

The advertised role does satisfy the sponsorship requirements for overseas candidates.

Please contact the recruiting manager, Paul Bayliss - for more information.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registered with the Health Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bittern Park Medical Centre

Thorold Road



SO18 1HZ

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