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Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Part Time
We are looking to recruit a 0.5 wte Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist for 23 months. This is an exciting opportunity to join the multi-site research team, led by Professor Daniel Freeman, undertaking a randomised controlled trial evaluating Feeling Safer an intervention for people with persecutory delusions.

The post holders base will be agreed with the successful candidate however some travel across the TEWV footprint will be required. We welcome interest from existing TEWV employees and external candidates.

An equivalent post is being advertised in Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust if you are interested in applying for both positions to create a 1.0 wte position please note this in your application. Recruitment dates are aligned to accommodate this.

We are looking for an Applied Psychologist with a strong interest in Cognitive Therapy, treatment innovation and clinical research.

Main duties of the job

The role will be central to the trial delivery with responsibility for the day-to-day delivery of Feeling Safer in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. This will include delivering psychological therapy and supervision of trial recruitment and the clinical delivery of the intervention.

They will be accountable to the site principal investigator Dr Stephanie Common and they will receive supervision from Prof Daniel Freeman (Chief Investigator) and Dr Felicity Waite from the lead site: Oxford.

The Feeling Safer intervention follows the logic of the original Feeling Safe intervention which has been proven highly effective in clinical trials. In this new NIHR-funded programme of research Professor Daniel Freeman and team at the University of Oxford have created a new six-month guided online programme delivery. It is an accessible and expanded version of the face-to-face Feeling Safe therapy. Users can access Feeling Safer whenever they choose via smartphone/computer/or tablet. The Feeling Safer trial will now test the intervention in NHS mental health services at six sites across England. By providing Feeling Safe in an accessible version for use across the NHS, we aim to achieve substantially improved outcomes for the large number of people with persecutory delusions who have not responded sufficiently to current treatment.

About us

We are committed to co-creating safe and personalised care that improves the lives of people by involving them as equal partners. The most important way we will get there is by living our values, all of the time.

Psychological Professions staff will be expected to display the Trust values at all times, working as part of the collective leadership team with shared accountability and responsibility for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of patient care is delivered in a patient centred manner. They will also contribute to ensuring the culture of our services is built upon the Trust Values and the trust's strategy - Our Journey To change (OJTC).

Job description

Job responsibilities

To deliver and supervise highly specialist cognitive-behavioural interventions for people diagnosed with psychosis, with a current persecutory delusion. Training in the intervention will be provided.

With training and expert supervision, to develop and use specialist skills at assessing and formulating persecutory delusions in the context of psychosis.

To form excellent relationships with clinical teams in order to support recruitment of patients into the trial and provide co-ordinated care for patients receiving the intervention.

Responsibility for the organisation, day-to-day management, and running of one site of a large randomised controlled trial with patients with psychosis and persecutory delusions. It will be particularly important to meet recruitment targets, ensure a high retention rate in the trial, and a high uptake of the Feeling Safer treatment.

To supervise other staff in the delivery of the treatment, ensuring high rates of engagement and fidelity to the protocol.

To supervise the research assistants working on the trial, ensuring recruitment targets are achieved, assessments are completed, and blinding of research assessors is maintained.

To provide regular reports on the progress of the study. This will include providing information required by the funder.

Attendance at supervision will be expected, and at appropriate research team meetings, including at the lead site, Oxford.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Registration with BPS



  • Doctoral level knowledge of: Evidence- based practice relevant to the role
  • Doctoral level knowledge of Audit and research methodology



  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision
  • Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems



  • Teaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses
  • Research and development



  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


West Park Hospital



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