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Psychologist - Secondary MHTR Pilot

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Full Time
Band 8a Senior Psychologist - Secondary MHTR - 12 months Fixed Term

Are you interested in helping to improve access to psychological therapies?

Would you like to help improve health and social outcomes for individuals, their families, and communities?

Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) is seeking a highly motivated Senior Psychologist to join our Secondary Care Mental Health Treatment Requirement (SC -MHTR) Team in Staffordshire.

You will:
  • Supervise and support the assessment, formulation and treatment interventions provided by professional colleagues.
  • Work autonomously.
  • Implement policies and propose service developments with the Clinical Lead.
  • Contribute to teaching and research.

Main duties of the job

MAIN DUTIES: **Please refer to the attached Job Description**

In Summary:

An exciting and unique opportunity has arisen for a Band 8a Senior Psychologist for the Secondary MHTR Pilot for Staffordshire. This is a new and exciting role for a highly skilled and motivated individual.

Key tasks include:
  • Accepting clinical responsibility for service users
  • Delivery of psychological interventions
  • Liaison with partner agencies
  • Deliver training and advice
  • Service evaluation

We welcome interested candidates to have an informal discussion.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

**Please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification**

In Summary

To complete SC-MHTR assessment reports, decide whether a recommendation for SC-MHTR is appropriate (in consultation with Clinical Lead for Secondary Care MHTR pilot if needed), agree a decision to treat or decline and give reasons in writing.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual. Deliver psychological interventions, if appropriate.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems and employing methods of proven efficacy in community settings.

To make high level, specialist clinical decisions and clinical judgements about service users care.

To initiate project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services to service users and their families.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent), as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Post graduate level training in Forensic or Counselling Psychology (Doctoral level) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Eligible for chartered status with the British Psychological Society. Eligible for full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) and/or Division of Forensic Psychology (DFP)/Division of Counselling Psychology (DCC)


  • Additional post graduate level training in one or more therapeutic treatment approaches e.g., cognitive therapy, systemic/family therapy, EMDR



  • Experience of working as a qualified psychologist with people with severe and enduring mental health problems including assessment and clinical interventions for a wide range of presenting problems
  • Experience of working with community mental health services and delivery of psychological interventions in a community setting
  • Experience of working with people who present with complex, trauma related psychological difficulties.


  • justice system with up-to-date knowledge of relevant legislation
  • Experience of planning and/or implementing service developments in accordance with local and national policy objectives
  • Experience of teaching, training and providing professional/clinical supervision to others (including qualified psychologists and other professionals)



  • Up to date knowledge of: othe psychological needs of people with severe and enduring mental health problems owider clinical issues as evidenced by CPD log
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management and their application within community and/or inpatient contexts
  • High level skills in the assessment and management of risk


  • Up to date knowledge of the psychological needs of people with complex trauma related presentations
  • Demonstrated skills in providing liaison, consultation, and clinical supervision to professional and non-professional groups in health/non-health settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Trust HQ St Georges Hospital


ST16 3SR

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