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Senior Psychological Therapist/Senior Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Steeton, Keighley
£50,952 to £57,349 Per Annum Pro Rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated Clinical Psychologist or Psychological Therapist to join our Intensive Home Treatment Team (IHTT) at Airedale Centre for Mental Health.

You will be passionate about working with individuals who are experiencing acute distress and mental health crisis, their carers, supporters and the team working with them.

The successful candidate will play a key role in leading the development of psychological therapies in the team, supporting the Care Closer to Home Agenda and informed by national guidance on psychological therapies within acute services. You will drive psychologically-informed care within the team supporting formulation development to inform care planning and risk management.

You will be part of a valued team of clinical psychologists, psychological therapists and psychotherapists who work across the Acute Community Service area. We have good connections to the Psychological Therapies service areas in adult mental health and the rest of the trust. We are passionate about reducing health inequalities, celebrating the diversity of Bradford of Craven and increasing access for clients and carers to meaningful trauma-informed and neuroaffirmative support in their time of need. We work closely and often jointly with our multidisciplinary colleagues and have a key role in supporting staff and facilitating reflective practice.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing a rage of adapted time-limited, evidence-informed interventions and knowledge and previous training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or Solution Focused Therapy will be an advantage. You will deliver clinical supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies to staff from multiple disciplines working with individuals in mental health crises.

This is an exciting role with lots of opportunity for development.

Closing Date: 6th June 2024

Shortlisting Date: 7th June 2024

Interview Date: TBC

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care- We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen- We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver- We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

The Trust reserves the right to close this position early if a significant number of applications are received .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. OR Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP, HCPC via: (a) Professional route requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the BABCP).


  • Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status. Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work etc. Leadership training. Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience. Training in advanced clinical supervision. Training in trauma informed care.



  • Significant experience in relevant area of mental health practise. Application of evidenced based specialist psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service. Application of specialist psychological therapy within individual and group modality. Clinical leadership experience. Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision. Experience of working within a multicultural framework. Significant post qualification experience and training. Experience delivering psychological therapies to patients with complex difficulties. Experience of working effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice. Experience applying specialist psychological therapy to patients who have complex difficulties. Involvement in clinical research programmes. Involvement in the development and provision of clinical teaching programmes. Experience of leading or participating in regular reflective practice around themes such as anti-racism in therapy, power in mental health, the impact of health inequality and cultural curiosity. Experience working within a trauma informed framework.



  • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service. Relevant specialist clinical courses/training. Able to contain explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision or case reviews with other staff. Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Doctoral / master's level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis. Knowledge and understanding of wider cultural and religious models of mental health for example Islamic psychology, British South Asian communities, Roma communities or beliefs around Black Magic.



  • Be able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered. Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS. Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups. Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management. Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning. Able to make autonomous decisions using judgement. Ability to supervise learners and other staff. Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, formulation and therapeutic.


  • Competent teaching skills. Fluency in one or more of Bradford's community languages



  • Commitment to ethos of the clinical service and MDT working. Commitment to working creatively and flexibly to provide psychological therapy to individuals, their families and systems from all walks of life and reducing inequalities in access to and outcomes from psychological therapy for marginalised communities. Commitment to trauma informed practice. Willingness to undergo professional development. Willingness to participate in appraisal. Ability to relate to supervisors in a positive mature way. Preparedness to routinely provide training placements and clinical supervision to those undertaking training to become a clinical psychologist or psychological therapist (as appropriate & depending on professional background). Aware of racial, culture, sexuality and gender issues and their impact on mental health and in therapy. Openness to working with diversity and difference and addressing issues such as power and safety in the therapeutic relationship and in teams. Trustworthy, honest, reliable, adaptable, conscientious, tolerant, enthusiastic, motivated, adaptable/flexible approach. Warm, friendly approachable manner

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Airedale Centre Mental Health

Skipton Road

Steeton, Keighley

BD20 6TA

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