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Clinical Psychologist B8a or B7 Preceptorship

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Newton Abbot
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata (20.625 hours per week)
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is role for a team player and someone with a special interest in working with people who live with experiences of psychosis. It is an integral role within the MDT and the post holder is a part of the leadership team and someone who helps to think about team wellbeing.

It is a really interesting time to be in Early Intervention and this team is aligned with two other teams, in Devon, to think about ways in which we understand and respond to national drivers for improving the way that we work.

There are senior clinicians in the team who also provide leadership and there are specialist roles that enable us to support people who use our services to find ways to improve their lives.

This is a passionate and dedicated team with a long history of taking an holistic view to working with psychotic experiences. They are keen to stay updated around research, here and in other countries, and to find ways to innovate and create to meet local need.

There are experienced team members who you will work with and a group of psychological therapists who are keen to support each other, to create a sustainable and enjoyable work/life balance.

You will be supervised by a senior lead who wants to find the best in you and enable you to develop at your own pace and find ways that you can make a mark on the service.

Main duties of the job

We are focused on developing the psychological model, inline with national guidelines and aiming to create change that makes accessing the right kind of therapy, easier and quicker.

You will be a part of service change that understands what people need and that works integratively, within the MDT to proactively plan when interventions might work best for a person on the caseload.

You will help to manage referrals and plan with colleagues, to make sure that their experience of recovery is well-planned and co-created.

You will deliver high quality therapy and provide supervision and support to other members of the team, who are trained and eager to deliver specific interventions.

You will support the team to think about the complexity that people who use our services, are encountering and enduring and get to lead and share in formulating strengths and coping strategies that respect the journey and barriers that relate to the individual.

We work with people across a 3 year span and so we work closely with our colleagues to respond to changes in need and to sensitively develop rapport. We also work closely with family members, peers, employers and educational/training colleagues so this role enables you to utilise all your strengths and skills, across a wide range of settings.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The principal purpose of the job is to improve the psychological health & wellbeing of people within the post holders specialist field of practice.

This will be achieved in this post through undertaking the following areas of responsibility:

1. To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality psychological service in specialist field of practice, across identified locality area, as a key component of integrated mental health and wellbeing services across Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

2. Providing clinical leadership and supervision for less experienced staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the psychology service.

3. Carrying a specialist caseload of clients, and providing advice and consultancy to patients and professionals.

4. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within professional andTrust guidelines as lead specialist.

5. The post holder with receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

6. Observe, and abide by all relevant Professional Codes of Conduct and Practice including the British Psychological Society. The post holder will be fully registered with the Health Professions Council as a condition of employment.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent) and eligible for Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society. Registered with HCPC.
  • Training in at least one NICE approved psychological therapy for psychosis (CBT or Family Work)


  • Further training or experience in Early Intervention approaches to serious mental health problems and working with young people.
  • Training in the provision of supervision.



  • Broad knowledge of specialist mental health services and of the services in the NHS where psychology and psychotherapy is commonly applied.
  • Extensive knowledge of the skills, practice and knowledge base of Clinical/Counselling Psychology.
  • Knowledge of the policy context of specialist psychological services within the NHS and of clinical leadership arrangements in this setting.
  • Experience of work in adult mental health services or agencies and work with people with severe and complex mental health difficulties.


  • Experience of working with Early Intervention in Psychosis services.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Estuary House

Collett Way

Newton Abbot



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