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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Band 8a Psychologist within the Cambridge Adult Eating Disorders Team based at Addenbrookes Hospital, working across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area.

The post holder will be involved in the part of our new service development pathway, to help lead the provision of NICE recommended treatments including Mantra, CAT, CFT, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, alongside other therapies relevant to the treatment of eating disorders.

Main duties of the job

The Community Adult Eating Disorder Service is a specialist team caring for individuals with an eating disorder who have been triaged and are considered to need an intensive and supportive approach to the treatment.

The Service is currently going through an exciting transformation in order to develop new pathways including Early Intervention Pathway, Intensive/outreach treatment, Supportive and Management pathway (for severe and enduring eating disorder patients) and a pathway to monitor and manage High Risk patients. We are also endeavouring to develop our pathway with acute hospital in order to facilitate safe access in due time to medical ward for our patients.

The Service will become a pioneer in the care of eating disorders and there are many opportunities to be involved in the transformation and develop a stimulating leadership role.

The team are an MDT comprised of highly specialist therapists, psychologists, medical staff and nurses.

The post holder will provide support and supervision to junior staff. You will also provide highly specialist clinical assessments and interventions as required and contribute a psychological perspective to multi-disciplinary reviews and discussions. To support you in this, we offer regular individual and group supervision.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To provide a highly specialist assessments of clients referred to the Team with eating disorders and engaging families and offering family-based interventions in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team.
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors. To provide interventions and make recommendations based on specialist NICE informed Psychological understandings of presenting problems for work to be carried out with clients with the team as a whole and provide support and supervision as necessary to team colleagues. (e.g. Mantra, CBT, CAT, MET, FBT)
  • In conjunction with senior clinicians and managers, to develop procedures and processes to the application of specialist NICE informed psychological interventions (also giving consideration to group work) within the eating disorder service drawing on national, divisional and trust-wide standards of evidence based psychological therapy and best clinical care.
  • Together with the Team, to provide appropriate care for clients not engaged in treatment including: psycho-education, liaising with other professionals, engaging in treatment including using structured approaches such as motivational interviewing, risk assessment, health promotion and crisis intervention.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment psychological formulation, treatment and discharge of clients and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines.
  • To provide advice, psychoeducation, information and psychological interventions to relatives and carers as appropriate.
  • To liaise closely with Eating disorder in patient units , attending review meetings for own clients as possible and participating in discharge planning and psychological follow-up
  • To provide highly specialist advice, consultation and training of staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and setting as appropriate. (Including GPs, acute hospital staff, school nurses, universities).
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects or risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To act as care coordinator, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To be proactive in planning transition for clients to other adult services in a timely and sensitive manner if this is appropriate, and to act as a link between services.
  • To communication, in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To provide reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To assist in the management of the team caseload. To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

  • Person Specification



    • HPC registered Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist
    • Other Recognised Mental Health Professional Qualification. (i.e. Registered Mental Nurse Social Worker or Occupational Therapist) and Post registration clinical qualifications and accreditation in a recognised psychological therapy relevant to the treatment of eating disorders e.g. BABCP, BACP, ACAT or UKCP


    • Evidence of post qualification development
    • Post qualification training/development in a psychological therapy (eg. CAT/CBT/IP



    • Knowledge and experience of working with clients with eating disorders.
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment of service users across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, and primary care settings.
    • Experience of application of psychology in different contexts
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups, across the whole life course that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan.


    • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
    • Lived experience of mental health.

    Skills & Abilities


    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration requiring the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, complex, highly technical and / or clinically sensitive information including contentious and highly distressing information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the service user group and the setting, and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group.
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
    • Knowledge and understanding of the development of eating disorder and an ability to demonstrate compassion for the lived experience of this illness.


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. eating disorder, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).



    • Able to contain and work with high levels of organisational stress.
    • Interpersonally calm and able to defuse difficult, volatile situations.
    • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of selfcare and to monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
    • Motivated towards personal and professional development with strong CPD record.


    • Ability to demonstrate initiative for the improvement of individual practice, systems and services.
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.

    Physical Requirements


    • Able to travel to different locations in the community
    • Able to work independently

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


    S3 Outpatients, Addenbrookes Hospital

    Hills Road


    CB2 0QQ

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