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Deputy Clinical Lead - South West Herts Talking Therapies

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary, min £1,192 - max £2,011
Closing date
31 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We're looking for a talented and experienced BABCP accredited Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist with proven leadership experience, to lead our strongly established South West Herts Talking Therapies Service.

You need substantial clinical experience in the NHS and the knowledge and ability to lead a clinical team and it's projects from conception to completion, with support of senior colleagues. We need to see a real passion for primary care mental health care and the value it has to its primary stakeholders, our service users.

You will provide specialist supervision, clinical leadership, consultation, guidance and training to Senior Clinicians, CBT therapists, Senior PWPs, PWPs and APs, carrying your own small caseload of clients with common mental illness. You will liaise with and support pathways into our service, including physical health services, as we build integrated pathways.

Main duties of the job

We offer one to one therapy in person and online, responding to the need of our client group. We deliver groups, workshops and webinars, to make our service as accessible as possible to all clients. We strive to deliver an inclusive service, by being a relevant service to all population groups. This includes ongoing training to confidently work with interpreters and adapt therapy as appropriate. We expect our Deputy Clinical Lead to be leading on our values and service goals, and to motivate and inspire their team.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is very important to our team and we have various initiatives to support and encourage diversity, such as representatives in interviews, working groups for ideas to support our clients & cultural competency meetings, to encourage staff conversations to share and learn from other experiences.

We believe that the wider workforce, inclusive of leadership positions, should reflect the wonderful diversity of our clients, and to support them well it is important to continue developing strategies that acknowledge the varying challenges faced, and adapt our selves and our practices where possible to remove barriers and promote a fuller inclusivity.

We hope that the successful candidate will continue to encourage other staff members to be part of some challenging but enlightening conversations and learning, to ensure continuing positive change.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 4000 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will play a key role in monitoring team and individual performance and working with the Senior Team to responsively implement and sustain strategies of quality improvement.

To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist Primary Care Mental Health Service to clients with mild to moderate mental health problems.

To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists, psychological therapists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within Primary Care.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the team/service.

To take a lead in establishing the integrated care pathway for LTC in Hertfordshire.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology OR Core mental health profession (e.g. nursing, social work, OT) in addition to CBT training meeting BABCP standards
  • Current accreditation as a cognitive-behavioural therapist with the BABCP / current eligibility for BABCP accreditation


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Training at Masters level or above in Health Psychology
  • Qualification or accreditation in DIT, IPT, EMDR or couples therapy



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist with experience at a highly specialised level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings especially Primary Care, maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Evidence of leadership skills development
  • Experience of working with people presenting with Long Term Physical Conditions and of supervising staff working with this population


  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts

Knowledge and skills


  • Skills in use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management requiring sustained concentration
  • Well developed skills in communication, orally and in writing, to clients, careres and families and professionals
  • skills in providing consultation
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology



  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff
  • Ability to identify and employ clinical governance mechanisms for clinical practice
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Prospect House

Peace Drive


WD17 3XE

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