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Applied Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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The principal purpose of the job is to improve the psychological health & wellbeing of people within the post holders specialist field of practice.

This will be achieved through the following:

Providing a Clinical Psychology and Therapy service to peopleas a key component of services provided by Devon Partnership Trust.

Contributing to improving the health and wellbeing of older people, people with dementia and the carers and families of the client group.

Providing local clinical leadership, co-ordination and supervision for trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the psychology service, under the general direction and supervision of the Professional Lead.

Carrying a specialist caseload of clients, and providing advice and consultancy to patients, family members, carers and professionals.

The post holder will be supported by senior colleagues within their specialist field. The post holder will be expected to make good use of the expertise of others within the service to further develop their clinical skills with this client group.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service / local team.

The post holder will receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policy and Professional Practice Guidelines set out by their appropriate designated Professional Body.

Main duties of the job

To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner with clients who may have specific difficulties in understand and/or communicating and who may be hostile, antagonistic or highly emotionally disturbed.

To work closely with colleagues in the multi-professional integrated mental health and wellbeing service on a day to day basis.

To communicate with a wide range of health & social care staff in hospital and in community settings in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under the services care.

To provide support & guidance in the application of psychological principles and techniques, and to foster reflective practice.

To maintain and build good working relationships with senior professional staff and managers in DPT to foster a positive approach to the integrated mental health and wellbeing service and to enable effective negotiation.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist clinical psychology and therapy expertise and advice.

To provide psychological therapies/other therapies, developing specialist psychological formulations and assessments of clients, formulating plans for their psychological treatment and implementing specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups.

To provide psychology/therapy knowledge to the multiprofessional planning, development and marketing of mental health and wellbeing services.

To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about assessment, treatment and discharge, including the management of risk. To formulate plans for psychological treatment and implementing specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups and to demonstrate awareness of diversity issues.

To provide advice, guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of patient care to colleagues, other service providers, patients, supporters and families.

To support the Head of Profession, Practice and Strategic Development Lead and Professional Leads by undertaking service development and redesign projects and coordinating the resulting work within the team.

To plan and prioritise own workload, balancing the demands of patient care, support and guidance of carers and professionals and service research and development activities.

To contribute to the planning and organising of the psychology and therapy services within the locality area and to contribute to the development and improvement of provision of psychological services within services to best meet the organisations strategy and priorities.

To supervise the work of assistants & /or trainees as required. To provide supervision & consultancy to health and social care colleagues.

To support placements for trainee staff in line with professional guidelines.

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work within the PPT and local mental health services.

To support project work including specific areas of audit, research or service evaluation.

As a clinician to be responsible for collecting clinical practice and outcome data that contributes to building practice based evidence and service evaluation.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent) and eligible for Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society and Registered with HCPC.
  • Psychological and Arts Therapists need to be trained to masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body e.g. UKCP, BABCP.


  • Further training in neuropsychological assessment.
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy.
  • Further training or experience in clinical specialism.
  • Further training in related area.



  • Experience of working under supervision in secondary care mental health services.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a wide range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


West Pilton Health & Wellbeing Clinic

Youings Drive



EX31 1QL

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