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Band 8a Adult Psychotherapist - Speedwell, Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata
Closing date
12 Jul 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for an Adult Psychotherapist to join the Complex Psychological Interventions Service in Bristol.

The service consists of clinicians from different professional backgrounds who offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions, such aspsychodynamic psychotherapy, Arts psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy, NarrativeTherapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Family and Systemic Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and EMDR. Therapy is offered individually and in groups.

The service conducts a large number of new assessments and consultations each year and has close links with professionals working within thecommunity teams and with the local GPs.

The service works closely with the community based teams providing consultations, supervision, case based discussions and case management. It also plays a pivotal role in the mandatory training of psychiatry trainees (advanced and core) and medical students and offers placements to trainees from non-NHS psychotherapy training organisations.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidate will be expected to have extensive experience, and relevant training, in brief and long term relational psychotherapy,experience of working in the NHS and within mental health services, experience of offering clinical and management supervision and experienceof contributing to service development.

The post holder will offer specialist assessments and consultations to service users with complex needs, hold a small caseload and will offer

management supervision to other CPI staff, clinical supervision to other CPI staff, psychiatry trainees, therapists working under clinical license and members of the community teams. It is also expected that the post holder will liaise with the local teams and will offer specialist advice on identifying appropriate care pathways.

Additionally, it is expected that the post holder will have a lead role in the development of the provision of relational psychotherapy within CPI.

The post holder will be working with the Central and East Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team. We would like the post holder to make a particular contribution to the workstream that covers the inner city.

The ability to consider issues of diversity, accessibility and equality of access are priorities for any successful applicant. The Central and East Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team covers a vibrant diverse community and applicants will need to consider ways to promote a service that is accessible to all.

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

Clinical and Professional

1. To offer highly specialist assessments and consultations to patients with complex mental health difficulties2. To provide relational psychotherapy to individual patients and groups (if the post holder has relevant training in group psychotherapy)3. To provide a detailed formulation of the service users difficulties following each assessment / consultation and a written summary of the assessment with suggested recommendations4. To liaise with Recovery teams, provide consultancy and identify appropriate care pathways for patients with complex needs within secondary services5. To work jointly with multidisciplinary colleagues within secondary services offering consultations, case management and case-based discussion and providing expert advice6. To participate in joint assessments with Recovery staff to support staff in planning care pathways for individuals and to support skill development7. To participate in the locality CPI referral meetings8. To participate in clinical supervision and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the CPI service9. To provide clinical supervision to psychiatry trainees and contribute in that way to the mandatory training of psychiatry trainees in the Severn Postgraduate Medical Education footprint, therapists working under clinical license, CPI staff and staff working in the Recoveryteam10. To provide management supervision to Band 7 psychotherapists working in CPI, and to other CPI professionals, if needed.

People leadership and management

1.1 Provide inclusive, compassionate and effective leadership for your team by setting clear vision and direction.1.2 Develop a culture and environment in which members of staff are encouraged and supported to deliver high- quality services and are supported to innovate and improve services where appropriate.1.3 Encourage your team to feel able to raise concerns openly and safely.1.4 Promote equality of opportunity in service delivery and employment, ensuring that no person receives less favourable treatment than another on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, religion, creed, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation or disability.1.5 Show appreciation to your team when they do good work and support them when they are struggling.1.6 Consider the individual needs of team members for a healthy work-life balance and think about how their needs can be supported by providing flexible ways of working.1.7 Seek support from the HR Team to tackle any worries regarding matters of discipline, including both conduct and capability concerns, supporting a just and restorative culture. Take prompt actionregarding serious concerns and ensure clear plans are in place for problems which are less serious in nature but prove difficult to resolve.1.8 Act as a positive role model at all times, encouraging people to feel equal members of the team whilst working within clear frameworks and policies.

Performance and information management

1.1 Ensure that you and your team understand all of the agreed key performance indicators for your service, particularly relating to outcomes and essential standards to be met.1.2. Ensure that you and your team understand data quality standards and that all the necessary records for your service are maintained and reported.

Service development and planning

1.1 To have a specialist lead role in the development of the provision of relational / psychodynamic psychotherapy within CPI1.2 To work collaboratively with the consultant Medical psychotherapist of the team in managing service demands and capacity1.3. To advise the CPI Director, and the local Clinical Managers about service priorities and potential developments in the provision of relational / psychodynamic psychotherapy1.4. To participate in CPI service management and consultation meetings, providing local CPI advice1.5. Actively seek opportunities for improvement for the services, which you and your team provide by identifying research evidence and best practice elsewhere, interpreting/translating and facilitatingadaptation for AWP.1.6. Ensure multidisciplinary involvement and the use of quality improvement (QI) techniques in service improvement, by negotiating shared solutions, facilitating the resolution of complex or contentious issues and managing any conflict into constructive outcomes.1.7. Ensure effective risk identification, analysis, mitigation and management within your services, encouraging all members of your team to be aware of and to manage risks.

Governance and policy

1.1 Ensure that you understand all of the key governance requirements, policies and standards for your services and that these are communicated to your team make sure your team understand theimportance of good governance.1.2 Support the development of policies relevant to your services, including your team in this work.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Degree and Masters level qualification in a relevant area
  • Qualification as an Adult Psychotherapist at Masters Level or equivalent
  • Professional registration as an adult psychotherapist with UKCP, BPC or other relevant body


  • Further postgraduate level study on supervision

Experience and Knowledge


  • Significant experience of working in the NHS and within mental health services
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of offering clinical and management supervision
  • Significant experience of brief and long term relational psychotherapy
  • Experience of working with a wide range of individuals with complex problems
  • Experience of working collaboratively across service, agency and team boundaries in order to meet identified needs

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to formulate and offer effective treatments and to provide ongoing treatment in complex and frequently changing circumstances

Employer details

Employer name

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


The Speedwell Centre

Whitefield Road



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