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Applied Psychologist/ DBT Team Lead

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full-time hours
Closing date
31 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced psychologist or psychological therapist with expertise in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). You will lead a DBT team, as well as holding a more varied therapy caseload which will help you consolidate and develop your wider clinical skills. You will also have the opportunity to lead a DBT Family Connections group for relatives and carers. You will be based with one of the three Community Mental Health Teams in Southampton, and will provide supervision, consultation, and training to staff across the teams.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who has strong interpersonal skills and a genuine passion for working with people who are often stigmatised and excluded. You will be well-supported to develop your skills in clinical work, supervision, consultation, and leadership. Support will be offered to complete your accreditation with the Society for DBT as well as your Supervisor Accreditation if required. You will have the opportunity to supervise DBT trainees, as well as managing three DBT therapists.

Applicants should have significant experience of delivering DBT and ideally other therapies for people with complex emotional needs. We are looking for someone who has well-developed interpersonal and clinical skills, together with the resilience needed to thrive in a busy city-based NHS service.

You will join a friendly and supportive team of psychologists and psychological therapists with a wealth of expertise including CBT, DBT, CAT, ACT, EMDR and psychodynamic approaches. We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as strong academic links.

You will receive professional leadership and line management from a Principal Clinical Psychologist. You will receive clinical supervision tailored to your own practice, including joining our existing DBT consult group.

The advertised role does satisfy the sponsorship requirements for overseas candidates.

Please contact the recruiting manager, Paul Bayliss - for more information.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

As a Trust, our footprint spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities.

- We function as a unified team, placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

- Our 7,000+ workforce is skilled and diverse, with a deep commitment to ongoing staff development. We offer customised training, leadership pathways, and a plethora of career opportunities.

- We respect and listen to your thoughts, ideas, and concerns via well-established network of staff groups to increase awareness and appreciation of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Building on all this, we are currently working closely with other local NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Our new organisation is set to launch in April 2024 and will incorporate Southern Health, Solent, Isle of Wight and Sussex Partnership Trusts.

While the new Trust will be substantially bigger, it will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, streamlining services and making healthcare across the county more accessible.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in applied psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • AND
  • HCPC Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Or
  • Relevant professional qualification in mental health
  • AND
  • Specialist psychological therapy training and accreditation with relevant psychological therapy professional body (SFDBT, BABCP)
  • AND
  • Accreditation with the Society for DBT. NB We will consider applicants with another professional accreditation who are working towards accreditation with the Society for DBT.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


College Keep

4-12 Terminus Terrace



SO14 3DT

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