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Lead Psychological Therapist/ Clinical /Counselling Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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  • An exciting opportunity has arisen with scope for training and development in our Acute Inpatient Service.
  • As part of this you will provide evidence based psychological therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.
  • Provide clinical supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies and psychological elements of care.
  • Assist the Clinical Lead with service development, including research and development activities.
  • Work with other members of the multi disciplinary team to provide holistic care and understanding for service users through team discussions, formulations, consultations, joint work and training.
  • Work with autonomous professional judgement, together with other psychological therapists, to deliver evidence based therapy to individual and groups of patients.

Closing Date: 24th July 2024

Shortlisting Date: 25th July 2024

Interview Date: 7th August 2024

Main duties of the job

  • Manage a designated caseload of patients with responsibility for their assessment (including clinical risk), implementation and evaluation of therapy and formulation.
  • Supervise and support Assistant Psychologists and other health care professionals.
  • Support the delivery of psychological skills based interventions to service users on the wards.
  • Proactively contribute to the achievement of positive clinical outcomes. This will include conducting evaluations using clinical outcome measures and satisfaction surveys.
  • Communicate effectively with patients, relatives/carers and colleagues from diverse backgrounds in a manner that is sensitive, open, welcoming and person-centered
  • Act as a mentor to students, support newly qualified staff and be responsible for implementing the appraisal process.
  • Use IT systems effectively
  • Maintain accurate, up to date clinical records in accordance with Trust policy.
  • To complete Routine Outcome Monitoring as required by service area in a timely and meaningful fashion.
    • Provide clinical leadership to the psychological therapists.
    • Support the Team Manager with operational duties including appraisal, caseload management and providing cover in the absence of the Team Manager.
    • Delegate tasks to staff within their competency and ensure that the delegation/escalation process forms part of the culture of the service.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value differenceWe Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needsWe Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partnersWe will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :Increase mileage rates for > 3500A wide range of health and wellbeing support packagesA range of internal and external development and learning opportunitiesPlus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

The Trust reserves the right to close this position early if a significant number of applications are received.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more details about this role.

Right to Work in the UK

Prior to your appointment you will be asked to provide confirmation of your right to work and reside in the UK. During your continued employment with the Trust, you have a personal responsibility to notify your manager as soon as possible should there be any changes to your right to work status.

Regrettably, if the role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Trusts eligibility criteria, the Trust are unable to extend your employment beyond the expiration of your current visa. The Trust is not responsible or liable for ensuring that your employment continues after this period.

As a condition of continuous employment, it essential you maintain the legal right to work in the United Kingdom throughout the duration of your employment with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT). Any change in your right-to-work status, including but not limited to visa expiration, revocation, or denial of renewal, may impact your eligibility for employment with the Trust. It is your responsibility to promptly inform your Line Manager of any changes in your right-to-work status immediately and to provide necessary documentation for verification purposes. Failure to obtain or renew your visa in a timely manner is a breach of employment conditions and will result in termination of your employment. We appreciate your attention to this matter and your commitment to fulfilling this requirement promptly

Person Specification



  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. OR Specialist post graduate training to masters level or equivalent in a psychotherapeutic modality - including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Systemic Therapy AND Accreditation from a recognised Psychological Therapy body e.g. BABCP, BACP, UKCP via: (a) Professional route requiring previous mental health qualification e.g. Clin. Psych., RMN, Dip. SW. or (b) where applicable, the KSA (knowledge, skills and attitude) route (e.g. with the


  • Leadership training. Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience.



  • Experience in relevant area of mental health practise. Application of evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service. Clinical leadership experience


  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice. Experience delivering psychological therapies to groups of patients. Experience in applying specialist psychological therapies.



  • Evidenced based psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service. Relevant specialist clinical courses/training. Research awareness.


  • Involvement in clinical research programmes.



  • Be able to meet the service needs for mobility across the geographical area covered. Communication: written and verbal Articulate and meaningful, legible. Able to autonomous decisions using judgement. Assertiveness skills. Ability to work without direct supervision. Supervising learners and other staff. Competent clinical skills i.e. assessment, therapeutic interventions and management


  • Skills in group work. Planning and organising skills for caseload management. Skills in self-management including time management.

attitude and approach


  • Commitment to ethos of the clinical service and MDT working. Willingness to undergo professional development. Willingness to participate in appraisal Ability to relate to supervisors in a positive mature way. Aware of racial, culture and gender issues. Trustworthy, honest, reliable, adaptable, conscientious, tolerant, enthusiastic, motivated, adaptable/flexible approach. Warm, friendly approachable manner



  • Able to fulfil Occupational Health requirements for the post (with reasonable adjustments if necessary). Fit to undertake the demands of the post, eg. able to undertake handling and moving, coping with violence and aggression (MAV) techniques and on a yearly basis be able to access the course and complete the competencies set in order to achieve the MAV certificate. Appearance - professional, clean, willing to adhere to dress standards policy.



  • BDCT requires all its staff and prospective employees to carry out your duties in line with Trust Equality policies and procedures, including relevant legislation, to deliver and promote equity of access to healthcare and equality of opportunity at work at all times.

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Airedale Centre for Mental Health/Lynfield Mount Hospital

Heights Lane



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