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Practitioner psychologist/psychological therapist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative, motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist/ Psychological Therapist interested in working in Acute Adult Inpatient settings. The Ideal individual would join our already skilled and motivated multidisciplinary teams based at Lynfield Mount and Airedale Hospitals.

The post holder will be a lead member of the acute clinical teams and must have a strong commitment to multi-disciplinary working. The post holder's primary role is to provide psychological assessment, formulation and evidence based therapeutic interventions for individuals and families. Alongside this, consultation, training, and support to other professionals though formal and informal interventions such as facilitation of reflective practice and case discussion is key to the post. Experience of working with people with severe, chronic and complex mental health difficulties is essential . In return we offer a commitment to support your continued professional development, and your clinical and managerial supervision will be supported by the Consultant Psychological Therapist and Clinical Lead for Acute Inpatient Services.

Main duties of the job

Job Purpose:

- Provide specialist evidence based psychological assessment, formulation & therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.

- Provide clinical leadership, supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.

- Provide clinical consultation and advice to healthcare professionals across all localities.

- Support adherence to relevant NICE guidance and clinical governance arrangements.

- To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.

- Work with the Team/Clinical Manager on service development, leading research and development activities.

Closing Date: 30th June 2024

Shortlisting Date: 1st July 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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Right to Work in the UK

Prior to your appointment you will be asked to provide confirmation of your right to work and reside in the UK. During your continued employment with the Trust, you have a personal responsibility to notify your manager as soon as possible should there be any changes to your right to work status.

Regrettably, if the role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Trusts eligibility criteria, the Trust are unable to extend your employment beyond the expiration of your current visa. The Trust is not responsible or liable for ensuring that your employment continues after this period.

As a condition of continuous employment, it is essential you maintain the legal right to work in the United Kingdom throughout the duration of your employment with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT). Any change in your right-to-work status, including but not limited to, visa expiration, revocation, or denial of renewal, may impact your eligibility for employment with the Trust. It is your responsibility to promptly inform your Line Manager of any changes in your right-to-work status immediately, and to provide necessary documentation for verification purposes. Failure to obtain or renew your visa in a timely manner is a breach of employment conditions and will result in termination of your employment. We appreciate your attention to this matter and your commitment to fulfilling this requirement promptly.

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



  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post (with reasonable adjustments if necessary).
  • Fit to undertake the demands of the post, eg. Able to undertake handling and moving, coping with violence and aggression (MAV) techniques and on a yearly basis be able to access the course and complete the competencies set in order to achieve the MAV certificate.
  • Appearance - professional, clean, willing to adhere to dress standards policy.



  • BDCT requires all its staff and prospective employees to carry out your duties in line with Trust Equality policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, to deliver and promote equity of access to healthcare and equality of opportunity at work at all times.

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Lynfield Mount Hospital

Heights Ln



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