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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist, Band 8b

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
Leamington Spa
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist - Band 8b 1.0 wte - CMHT psychosis specialist and Community Enablement Pathway, Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, Community Mental Health Services.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinical or counselling psychologist to work across two community services, having input for 0.6wte to a CMHT as a specialist in psychosis and 0.4wte to a dedicated community enablement pathway that is inclusive of all mental health diagnoses.

As a principal psychologist you will join colleagues in delivering strong leadership in psychology provision in the team, as well as contributing to the Trust-wide development of our services. You will be expected to promote values that seek to support recovery in this client group and maximise the potential of individuals with the aim of reducing social exclusion, stigma and the potentially disabling effects of psychosis. As part of the Psychology team, you will also be expected to support clinical psychology trainees, clinical associates in psychology and other practitioners in their training and development. Research is also highly valued, and we have been identified as a trial site in a large multi-centre research trial for a psychological intervention for paranoia.

Main duties of the job

Our newly integrated CMHTs provide a comprehensive secondary care mental health provision to people with psychosis and non-psychosis presentations. The post involves providing psychological assessments and treatment to adults with a wide range of presentations, but will have a focus on people with hearing voices experiences and/or a diagnosis of psychosis or schizophrenia.

Our Enablement Pathway has been developed as part of the Mental Health Transformation. We are as excited by this service development and the opportunity it provides to improve patient care, reduce the need for inpatient treatment and contribute to the development of innovative interventions. The multidisciplinary team works across North and South Warwickshire and Coventry. We have three key service spokes (1) supporting the repatriation of individuals from Out of Area placements, (2) supporting the successful reintegration of people from our local mental health rehabilitation units back into their communities and (3) supporting individuals in the community to develop the skills to live successful, fulling lives.

The successful applicant will be required to provide highly specialist psychological assessments and formulations. They will offer a range of evidence-based and recovery focused psychological interventions which will encourage positive risk taking and require working creatively.

About us

Our Vision: To become an innovative, forward-thinking, and inclusive teaching organisation, enabling us to provide consistently high quality, safe, and compassionate care.

At CWPT we care for you as much as you care for others, and we offer a wide range of support services to promote staff wellbeing and a good work-life balance. We would where possible consider part-time and flexible working arrangements, including hybrid working.

Our dedicated People Hub brings together all our support services to promote staff wellbeing, including COPE, our in-house counselling service, emotional support through Staff in Mind, and much more.

We know our staff are our greatest asset which is why we invest in training and development opportunities, and our leadership teams are dedicated to continuous professional and personal development.

By joining CWPT you will be a part of an innovative team, who are committed to transforming services to better support people who are experiencing psychosis.

Please note: It is mandatory requirement for all newly appointed staff to be registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Update Service.

Services are provided to a population of over one million people living in Coventry and Warwickshire and also a wider geographical area in some of our specialist services, we see on average around 5,000 patients every day.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Compassionate care is at the heart of what we do, and the contribution of psychology and provision of psychological interventions is highly valued. We have a strong commitment trauma informed care and to provide an excellent standard of care and to continually improve, and we are keen see our psychologists flourish and develop. We would welcome applications from clinicians with a special interest in these specific areas. The service is happy to support clinicians through training such as in CBT for Psychosis and in EMDR, and through specialist supervision.

It is essential that candidates have an interest in providing psychological interventions for psychosis and have experience of working with people and their carers in Secondary Care Mental Health, or with people with complex mental health needs in different settings.

Experience of applying cognitive behavioural models to trauma, psychosis and recovery would be advantageous, and interests in ACT, Compassion Focused Therapy and EMDR would be welcome.

Working in conjunction with team leads, service lead, and professional leadership, there will be an opportunity to focus on areas of service improvement, innovation, and research. We actively support research and want to attract psychologists interested in supporting NIHR funded multi-centre research trials into psychological interventions for psychosis.

You are required to hold a current professional registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist by the time you take up the post. A recognised qualification, current training or commitment to undertake training in CBT for psychosis is highly desirable. The ability to travel during the working day over a large geographical area is essential, as is the ability to work flexibly with the needs of the client group.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Knowledge and skills


  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and 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
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.



  • Requirement to travel throughout the Trust

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


St Mary's Lodge

St Mary's Rd

Leamington Spa

CV31 1JN

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