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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
2 Jun 2024
Devon Partnership NHS Trust in partnership with CoLab Exeter are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and creative 8a Psychologist / Psychological Therapist for a new homelessness and substance based project. This is a fixed term post until 20th February 2025.

STAR Exeter (System Treatment and Recovery)

The STAR service has been awarded funding by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities to bring together a One Team approach to provide wrap around support and engagement to people rough sleeping or in temporary accommodation, who are experiencing substance misuse challenges but are not yet engaged with relevant services.

The One Team will include a project co-ordinator, team leader, specialist enablement workers (SEW), Psychologist or Psychological Therapist, Assistant Psychologist, GP, data analyst and administrators. The whole team will work using a MEAM, trauma informed approach.

The MEAM approach focuses on creating long-term, sustainable change to the way that complex problems and systems are approached and understood.

STAR aims to:

To increase capacity in system to offer intensive intervention when an individual has a treatable moment

Building on existing excellent practice

Developing current relationships/collaborations

Strengthening an alliance of organisations with a future vision

Existing trust across partners

Realistic expectations

Align with other programmes eg. RSI /Flexible assertive support team (FAST)/One Mental Health team and others.

Main duties of the job

The service is based at CoLab in Exeter which is a multi-agency wellbeing hub that enables people and organisations to work together, creating conditions for people to lead their best lives and for organisations to achieve their greatest impact and value.

This provides the opportunity to work alongside and learn from third sector expertise in addition to statutory services also based at Co Lab. This includes the Trusts Homelessness Team who would also provide line management for the post. Clinical and professional supervision is provided by the Trust Psychology and Psychological Therapies service.

In addition to a small direct clinical caseload the post holder would be required to support the development of psychologically informed practice and trauma informed psychological awareness through supervision, Reflective Practice, involvement in training events and supporting staff wellbeing. They would also be involved in evaluation, provide psychological leadership and be part of wider systemic and organisational thinking.

Key skills for this role would include

Experience of supervision

Experience of leadership

Experience of Reflective Practice or supporting staff

Understanding of the challenges facing marginalised groups

Understanding the needs of homeless and substance abusing population

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to comminute across organisations

Trauma informed practice

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.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values 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 & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Experience of work in adult mental health services or agencies and work with people with severe and complex mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi disciplinary, multi agency contexts.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.


  • Proficiency in in both individual and group therapy approaches is desirable.



  • 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. Psychological Therapists need to be trained to Masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body e.g. UKCP, BABCP.
  • Further training or experience in clinical specialism
  • Further training in related area
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy
  • IT Skills



  • Broad knowledge of specialist services and of the services in the NHS where psychology 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 organisation and of clinical leadership arrangements in this setting.

Skills and Abilities


  • Communication Skills
  • Excellent verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills
  • Strong leadership qualities, resilience and ability to handle ambiguity and uncertainty.
  • Skills in managing conflict, negotiation and achieving consensus in complex situations in the pursuit of agreed strategic aims
  • Analytical & Judgement Skills
  • Ability to integrate complex data make highly skilled evaluations and decisions and take a long term perspective.
  • Planning & Organising Skills
  • Proven organisational, planning and time management skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and cope with deadlines
  • Physical Skills
  • Presentable
  • Clear telephone voice
  • Calm, methodical approach, friendly but concise
  • Good communication skills when presenting / facilitating to varying groups of people
  • Other
  • Highly skilled in specialist interventions with the client group.
  • Advanced psychological assessment and formulation skills including risk assessment


  • Project management skills / experience

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Wat Tyler House

3 King William Street



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