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Trainee Psychologist (Counselling)

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
This post offers an exciting opportunity for a fixed term 12 month contract within The Teesside Children and Young people Community Eating Disorders Service.

The Trainee Counselling Psychologist will be working primarily within our community team which is based at Acklam Road Hospital in Middlesbrough. We have close links with our colleagues in paediatrics and within locality CAMHS teams. The team is responsible for assessment and treatment of children and young people with an eating disorder up to the age of 18. The team provides direct therapeutic work (both individual and family), physical monitoring, consultation, liaison, advice, and training, and works with young people and families affected by eating disorders as well as local partners in the community including schools and primary care.

We are seeking to appoint someone who is currently completing Doctoral training as a Counselling Psychologist, in their second year of training and has experience in working with Children, Young people and their Families and has an interest in eating disorders. The person would work alongside qualified psychologists/Psychological therapists in the team. On completion of their Doctoral course the person would be eligible to apply for a Band 7 role in the Trust, though this would need to be via an open recruitment process.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work independently but under the guidance of a clinical supervisor. The role will help the post holder develop their skills in providing specialist eating disorder psychological assessments as well as a therapeutic, consultative, and advisory services in relation to children and young people with eating disorders, their families, and carers, according to identified clinical need.

Applicants would ideally have experience in working within Children's Mental health Services and will need to show strong patient-centred values. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, motivated, and demonstrate a commitment to delivering excellent mental health care and evidence-based interventions.

About us

The Service has links with all other psychology specialisms across the Trust. There are also strong links to the localDoctoral Programmes in Clinical and Counselling Psychology. There are excellent opportunities for peer support/ supervision, CPD, teaching/ training, research, and audit.

Opportunities to develop special interests and co-work will be supported, as will opportunities to become involved in service development activities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Specialist knowledge of Applied psychology acquired through relevant prior experience, undergraduate teaching and/or clinically supervised practice, and the potential to build upon and extend such knowledge through training.
  • A foundation of undergraduate-level knowledge of research design and methodology


  • Knowledge of basic statistical procedures employed within the field of psychology (including multivariate data analysis)



  • First degree in Psychology, or an equivalent qualification, which confers eligibility for the Graduate Basis for Chartership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society
  • Evidence from undergraduate and any postgraduate study of a capacity to undertake study at a Doctoral level, as indicated by a good upper-second degree or its equivalent, or by postgraduate study in a field related to Clinical Psychology
  • Numeracy, Literacy and ITQ level 2 (or equivalent)



  • Communicate complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties / learning disabilities.



  • Must be registered on a BPS approved Doctorate in Counselling Psychology Programme.
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work in a clinical, community or clinical-academic setting with exposure to client groups and service settings directly relevant to clinical psychology e.g. NHS or University settings, the voluntary sector or organisations affiliated to the NHS. A variety of pre training roles of relevance include: Assistant Psychologist, Research Assistant, Graduate Primary Care Worker, Healthcare Assistant etc
  • Previous experience working with children and or young people


  • Evidence of learning from supervision of clinical practice.
  • oExperience working with eating disorders

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


The Glades, Acklam Road Hospital

Acklam Road Hospital



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