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Highly Specialist Psychological Therapist

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

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a compassionate psychological therapist to join us at Middlesbrough adult mental health community team. The post would suit an enthusiastic, passionate person, valuing the opportunity to work collaboratively with members of a well-established multi-disciplinary team, where psychology is a core treatment offer. A key part of this role will be using clinical leadership skills to influence teams to embed formulations, psychological understanding and interventions in everyday practice.

As a service, we are keen to support and invest in the ongoing development of our psychology professions staff through CPD opportunities.

In addition to being part of a Multi-Disciplinary Team, Middlesbrough service offers the opportunity to be part of a growing psychology team. Consisting of applied psychologists, psychological therapists and higher assistant psychologists, there is significant diversity in approach, however, all within the ethos of a trauma informed compassion focused framework. The department has strong links with the Teesside Doctoral training course with regular opportunities to work with core, specialist and research trainees.

As a service we are responsive to the wellbeing of our psychology team, and place a strong emphasis on self-care and supporting one another. This means there are clear job plans and people are encouraged to maintain a work/ life balance. We pride ourselves in building a positive working atmosphere.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have significant experience of working psychologically with people who experience severe mental health problems including competencies in evidence based psychological therapy and experience in multi-disciplinary working.

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

Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

About us

We will provide excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, teaching/training, and research and audit in line with strategic developments.

There are also strong links to local Higher Education Institutions as we are key providers of academic and clinical experience components both in terms of teaching and supervision.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants will be required to have either RMN or equivalent mental health core qualification at degree level post 1993 AND post graduate training to an accreditable level in an appropriate psychological therapy (see guidance TEWV Psychological Therapist eligibility criteria) Professional registration with appropriate body (e.g. HCPC or NMC) is essential.

Person Specification



  • And - A qualification that leads to registration with a professional regulatory body (HCPC, GMC, NMC or Social Work England) AND current registration with this professional regulatory body.
  • A qualification that provides eligibility to apply for accreditation in one of the four Governed Psychological Therapies
  • Trained and experienced in generic clinical supervision and care co-ordination.
  • Evidence of continuing relevant CPD. Including clinical practice and leadership within the NHS.


  • Qualification to provide clinical supervision within the psychological therapy.



  • Substantial post qualification experience of specialist model specific psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings and age ranges.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Significant experience in consultation, clinical supervision and audit activities.
  • Experience of providing training to other professional groups and to relevant training courses e.g. medical, nursing, social work.
  • Quality and service improvement and evaluation


  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

Knowledge & Skills


  • The theory, practice, and evidence based in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management of complex cases based on psychological therapy models across a range of client presentations and care settings.
  • At least one Trust approved governed Psychological therapy that meets criteria for Psychological therapist employment in the Trust
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of one or more specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups relevant to the community pathway.
  • Knowledge of development across the life span and attachment theory
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinical sensitive information to clients, their family, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing clinical supervision and consultation to other professional and non- professional groups.
  • Skills in managing emotional impact of dealing with highly emotive and distressing situations through self-management and use of the clinical supervision process.
  • The Trust's Quality Improvement System, risk assessment and risk management, clinical governance and audit and research methodology.


  • Significant knowledge and experience of another psychological therapy

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours.
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision

Other Requirements


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive behaviour.
  • Ability to travel independently in accordance with Trust policies and service need.

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Parkside Mental Health Centre

Park Road North



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