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Clinical Associate Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you an enthusiastic Clinical Associate Psychologist who's passionate about working with people with complex emotional needs?

Our Mendip Community Mental Health Team are looking for a Clinical Associate Psychologist to work with people with Complex Emotional Needs (CEN).

You'll work alongside a well established trauma informed team, who seek to prioritise a relational approach to engagement with people accessing mental health support. You'll provide formulation driven interventions which focus on developing a sense of safety and stabilisation for the person. This would involve drawing on a range of psychological approaches.

You will be working alongside a range of motivated and skilled clinicians who have been integral to developing our mental health provision to bridge the gap that has existed in services for people with complex emotional needs.

As part of our exciting future development, we are establishing Structured Clinical Management, and this role will be essential in embedding this within Somerset Foundation Trust.

Somerset Foundation Trust was a trailblazer site for the national Community Mental Health Framework. We have dismantled the traditional barriers to accessing help, and have expanded the mental health provision. The vision is to create, with our NHS colleagues, experts by experience, voluntary care sector partners and other community resources, a mental health ecosystem that supports the well-being and recovery of people with mental health difficulties in Somerset.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking a talented individual who:
  • Has Proven Experience: You bring a wealth of experience in a psychological role, specifically working with adults in a community mental health context.
  • Delivers Psychosocial Interventions: You excel in providing psychosocial interventions both 1:1 and in group settings, using formulation to adapt interventions to meet individual needs.
  • Manages Complexities with Ease: You have the ability to navigate relational patterns and other complexities in delivering psychosocial support.
  • Ensures Safety and Accountability: You are experienced in assessing and managing risk, seeking supervision appropriately, and taking necessary steps to manage and document risk effectively.
  • Is Trained in Therapeutic Models: You have completed introductory training in therapeutic models such as Dialectic Behavioural Therapy or Compassion-Focused Therapy, and you are familiar with the theoretical principles underpinning structured psychosocial interventions.
  • Thrives in a Team Environment: You are adept at working as part of a multidisciplinary team in both traditional community service contexts and voluntary sector settings.
  • Drives Service Development: You have engaged with service development projects and audits, contributing to service change in alignment with broader trust strategies.
  • Exhibits Exceptional Organisational Skills: You are highly organised, self-motivated, and proactive in your roles.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

As a Clinical Associate Psychologist, you will be well supported both through clinical supervision and management structures. You would also be invited to be part of our CAP network within the Trust. As a Trust we seek to nurture people through providing opportunities and further training to develop their career ambitions.

See detailed job description for an over view of the main responsibilities of this exciting and innovative post.

Please note once we have received a sufficient number of applications, this post may close sooner than the advertised date.

Person Specification



  • Current membership of the British Psychological Society and individual accreditation as a CAP



  • An understanding of the psychological assessment process to develop formulations and risk assessments.
  • An ability to deal sensitively with distress, disturbance and unpredictability.


  • Experience of delivering training
  • Experience of developing therapeutic relationships with people who are hard-to-engage

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Priory Health Park

Glastonbury Road




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