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Band 7 Psychologist/ Psychological Therapist-Dorset/Wiltshire

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Dorset/ Wiltshire
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you looking for an opportunity to be part of a dynamic, passionate and supportive team, where you can use your skills to support Veterans? Would you like to join our expanding and evolving Op Courage Integrated Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service to provide high intensity evidence-based psychological interventions? Are you a practitioner psychologist/psychological therapist with trauma experience?

Op Courage SW works with Dorset NHSFT, Walking with the Wounded and Combat Stress to enhance and not replace existing services to meet the needs of UK Veterans in the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire and Dorset.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated psychologist/psychological therapist with trauma experienceto provide CBT and/or EMDR at least, for complex presentations (Step 3 and above). The successful applicant will provide f2f therapy in an AWP, NHS site or other community setting in the Wiltshire and Dorset area. Psychological therapy will also be offered to Veterans in our wider geographical area, via an online platform and offers the opportunity for hybrid working. Travel is required to meet the needs of the service and will be factored into your job plan.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will provide specialist assessments, formulations and evidence-based psychological interventions, following NICE guidance, to include but not limited to CBT, Trauma Focused-CBT and/or EMDR.

Where appropriate, you will be involved in consultation and liaison with multidisciplinary mental health staff, third-sector agencies and other, non-professional carers. You will contribute to the clinical supervision of other professionals, who may include less experienced therapists, assistant psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists. There will be opportunities to participate in team development days, audits, service evaluation/improvements, research, the development and provision of training to the team or group work to Veterans and other CPD opportunities.

As a formulation driven team, members work collaboratively in group formulation to develop complex case conceptualisations. We are a research-informed and Veteran invested service, and seek opportunities to share our learning across other specialist Veteran teams.

If you have the experience and a passion to work with Veterans, then this is the role for you.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care. We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B& NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In summary, the post holder will:

Provide specialist comprehensive assessments, formulation and evidence-based psychological interventions following NICE guidance

Consultation and liaison with the MDT, third-sector agencies and other non-professionals

Provide clinical supervision to other professionals, where appropriate

Contribute to complex case formulations

Have opportunities to develop, participate in team development days or group work with Veterans

Have access to reflective practice and other group thinking spaces

Support the provision of training to the team and development of groups

Contribute to audits, service evaluation/improvements

Have an interest in Veteran research and contribute to knowledge in this area

Previous military experience or working with the military community is not essential, but an understanding of the issues facing the Veteran community is beneficial.

Please refer to the job description and key local information attached for further details.


The service operates from 08:00-18:00 Monday to Sunday. Flexible working can be considered, with appropriate agreement and lone working procedures in place. This post is 22.5 hours per week, days by agreement weekend working is not a requirement.


The post holder may be required to travel to meet the needs of the veteran community this may include establishing regular clinics in a number of locations and travel between them. This is all factored in job plans.

However, we are successfully using an online platform for the delivery of interventions, except where clinical needs dictates, thereby minimising travel. On occasion, travel for training and meetings is required, as this provides a great opportunity for mutual support, networking and social events. Microsoft Teams is being used in the Trust to support those working across our large region, and provides an excellent way to stay in contact with managers, supervisors and participation in meetings.

Person Specification

Essential criteria


  • BPS accredited Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and/or a recorded/registered qualification at graduate level in nursing/ social work/occupational therapy and/or post-graduate level qualification in evidence-based psychological therapy accredited by an appropriate professional body e.g. BABCP
  • Demonstrable evidence of current professional accreditation/registration to provide evidence-based psychological therapies for a range of presenting problems (including PTSD) in this client group as a Clinical Psychologist/Psychological Therapist/CBT Therapist in the UK
  • Experience of working in NHS or MOD mental health services
  • Experience of providing evidence-based assessments and therapeutic interventions (including NICE recommended trauma-focused therapy for PTSD) with a client group with complex mental health needs
  • Car driver with ability and willingness to travel to locations throughout


  • EMDR trained to work with complex cases
  • Accredited practitioner with EMDR Association UK & Ireland
  • Full BABCP Therapist Accreditation
  • Trained in provision of clinical supervision
  • CBT trained to work with complex cases
  • Military experience or of working with the military community
  • Experience of working in secondary mental health services, forensic settings or specialist mental health services
  • Experience of teaching/training/mentoring

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Dorset/ Wiltshire

Dorset/ Wiltshire

BS24 7FY

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