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**Internal MPFT Applicants Only** Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per annum
Closing date
26 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen within MPFT for a Psychologist/Psychological Therapist. The post will sit within the Strategic & Commercial Development Directorate. This encompasses both a psychological service provision for MPFT Trust employees, who are referred in for complex psychological intervention via our Staff Health & Well-being services and an outpatient psychological therapy service to currently serving military personnel.

You will be part of small team responsible for complex assessment, leading to psychological formulation and treatment planning, under professional clinical supervision, and forming judgements to inform service provision and providing necessary psychological interventions.

Applications are sought from people who have EMDR to Part 3 and are at least in the process of applying for accreditation as an accredited EMDR practitioner, plus CBT BABCP accredited practitioners would also be considered. Please see job description for more details.

If you require any further information please contact Dr Shirley Timson, Specialist Staff Psychology clinical lead, or Rachel Walklet, Operational Lead,

Main duties of the job

  • The post holder will be an experienced Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, or Psychological Therapist, who will be part of a small team responsible for the systematic provision of a psychological service. This will incorporate complex assessment, leading to psychological formulation and treatment planning, under professional clinical supervision, and forming judgements to inform service provision and providing necessary psychological interventions.
  • To provide input to and being based within a psychological team, to attend team meetings and contribute to the team's processes and functions and to liaise and work with other areas of Mental Health as appropriate and as agreed with the Team clinical lead.
  • Candidate will be highly experienced in providing psychological therapies and will be eligible for accreditation in psychological therapeutic approaches. They will have flexibility to work remotely with referrals from across the whole of the geographical area.
  • Will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures. In so doing, will be responsible for adhering to professional ethics and standards. Will be accountable for both professional and clinical actions.

About us

By joining Team MPFT, you will be helping your communities and in return for this, we will support you by
  • Supporting your career development and progression
  • Excellent NHS Pension scheme
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Options for flexible working
  • Up to 27 days annual leave (increasing with service up to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Extensive Health and Wellbeing support and resources
  • If you work in our community teams, we pay for your time travelling between patients
  • Lease car if you complete more than 500 business miles per annum, fully insured and maintained (including tyres), mileage paid at lease car rate
  • Salary sacrifice car - fully insured and maintained (including tyres), your gross pay is reduced by the cost of the vehicle before tax, NI and pension deductions are calculated, mileage paid at business rates
  • Salary sacrifice bikes up to �2k
  • Free car parking at all trust sites
  • Free flu vaccinations every year
  • Citizens Advice support linked with a Hardship Fund for one off additional support up to �250 (if the criteria is met)

And more. We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive organisation and there is a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a specialist psychological service within the specified service, to adults with mental health difficulties. To work with clients individually online/remotely. Within this to be able to communicate highly complex information effectively in highly emotive situations and overcome psychological resistances to potentially threatening issues.
  • To be responsible for conducting psychological interviews, deriving information from self-report measures, rating scales, psychometrics, direct and indirect structured observations and semi- structured interviews with clients and others involved in the clients care, interpreting complex data and giving feedback effectively and with sensitively.
  • To be skilled in risk assessment and management. These demands will incorporate frequent intense concentration often in emotionally demanding or unpredictable environments. The post holder will be expected to maintain high professional levels of clinical judgement and application of complex skills at all times.
  • To provide expert psychological assessment and reports, both written and verbal, of people with a wide range of psychological problems, in accordance with codes of professional ethics.
  • Following assessment, to provide expert formulation and psychological therapy to a high standard to service users with a range of mental health problems.
  • To formulate and implement plans for formal psychological intervention and/or management of a clients psychological difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods of proven efficacy.
  • To manage a specialist caseload autonomously and within the criteria directed by the Trust. To make difficult decisions about priorities and clinical issues.
  • To act as a care coordinator - where appropriate, taking responsibility for planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA.
  • To attend the regular team meetings as necessary and as agreed with the Team Manager an Clinical Lead to whom accountable, being responsible for offering psychological input as a specialist resource.
  • To risk assess individual clients, especially those who have challenging and complex needs and to provide advice to other professionals on the psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To liaise with relevant professionals within the role. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to the clients formulation and plan of care.
  • To be responsible for the assessment, formulation and implementation of psychological therapy within the specific areas of clinical responsibility. This will incorporate specialized complex assessments and interpretation of clinical material. To evaluate and make decisions about psychological interventions taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the person and the family or social group within which they function.
  • To offer specialist consultancy, training, plus supervision, as required.
  • To contribute to team development and management, to facilitate effective and efficient working of the overall team, using analysis of the provision and planning for future development.
  • To maintain high standards of clinical record keeping, exercise due diligence in respect of duty of care and communicate in reports to referring colleagues information on assessment, formulation and the nature/purpose of psychological therapy and rehabilitation.
  • The post holder will be required to engage in frequent intense concentration relevant to complex clinical issues and with highly distressing clinical material. This may also involve some exposure to aggression or other unpleasant conditions within which the post holder will be expected to maintain the highest levels of expert judgement and application of complex skills.
  • To adhere to the code of ethics of the relevant professional body (e.g. BPS, NMC, HCPC, EMDR Europe, BABCP), and the employing NHS Trust.
  • To be responsible for personal health and safety within the workplace. To be aware of health and safety issues for others within the work context also. Working conditions will include some regular exposure to hazards including possible verbal aggression and high levels of affect.
  • The above may incorporate utilization of a range of general skills including high level keyboard and computer skills for interpretation and collection of data and for the communication of such.
  • To communicate highly complex condition related information to service users, other social and healthcare professionals.

Person Specification



  • EMDR To part 3



  • Registered with the Health Professions Council (HCPC)

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust




ST16 3AG

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