Clinical Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 pa (based on full time hours)
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to make a positive impact on the lives of people experiencing complex mental health issues? Would you like CPD opportunities in CAT, CBT, or DBT? Would you like to be part of a service that helps you to develop your identity as a Psychologist or Psychological Therapist? Are you someone who would like to work with a dedicated multidisciplinary mental health team based in the beautiful New Forest? If so, then we have the job opportunity you are looking for and would love to hear from you.

We are currently recruiting for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the South West Hampshire Psychological Therapies Service. We are a friendly and supportive team of clinicians, who pride ourselves on delivering high quality care and promoting recovery. We are committed to continuing professional development and self-care, and ensuring staff are able to achieve the right work-life balance. The posts would be based at Anchor House in Totton. There is also likely to be some work at Waterford House in New Milton as well. This post would also be supported by other senior Clinical psychologist.

We are a growing psychology department and we recently created a number of new posts for Clinical Associates in Psychology and psychological therapists to enhance the provision of psychologically informed care across the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs).

We actively support and promote continuing professional development (CPD), with opportunities for further training and all staff our encouraged to be accredited within at least one therapeutic modality. Within the service, we offer a range of interventions, including: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), family interventions, Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Southern Health also offers internal training for both CAT and DBT. As we are keen to support our staff with their professional development, we also offer opportunities to develop not only their therapeutic skills but also their leadership skills.

We have strong links with the University of Southampton, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, the MSc/Diploma in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Severe Mental Health Problems and training courses for IAPT. We regularly take Clinical Psychology Trainees on placement.

This role involves a combination of direct clinical work, team working and service development. You will undertake specialist psychological assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions (both individually and in groups) with people experiencing a range of complex mental health issues.

The Psychological Therapies Service covers 5 CMHTs across the South West Hampshire Division and posts are integrated within the CMHTs. This allows us to have strong links with our colleagues in the CMHTs and supports more integration of psychological knowledge into the care provided. This is very well received by our colleagues and they value the input of psychology with the teams.

We also work closely as a psychology team, working together to provide interventions and coming together regularly to support one another, for regular supervision and to reflect. As a team we are keen to share ideas and to continually develop the service to make sure we are offering the highest quality of care. We are always eager for fresh eyes to help us review what we are offering and how the service runs. As we are a team that works together this post will involve some working across the other bases within the division.

As we are a very recovery focused team we are keen to integrate psychological ways of thinking into the CMHT’s that we work alongside. As such excellent communication skills are vital, together with the ability to be a source of advice to the multi-disciplinary team on psychological issues and to offer consultation and advice to other mental health professionals. Supervision of a clinical psychology trainee and contribution to service development will also be required.

Hampshire and easily commutable Dorset are beautiful counties, offering plenty of opportunities to explore. There are also several large towns on and near the patch to ensure access to the arts, good eating, culture and a direct train to London. For anyone considering a move we have good local knowledge in the teams and are happy to help you match up what’s on your ‘must have’s’ list to the different areas you might be considering moving too.

The post could be appointed either as a preceptorship towards an 8a role for the right applicant wishing to develop from a band 7 or be appointed at 8a. Responsibilities would be adjusted accordingly. We are able to put a full development plan in place from day one to support applicants wishing to be considered for this post as a preceptorship.

Applicants will automatically be considered for other similar vacancies in AMH.

All requests for flexible working and home working will also be considered.

This post would be suitable for someone about to qualify as an Applied Psychologist and who will be registering with the Health Care Professions Council.

We welcome informal enquiries and visits. If you would like to discuss the post in more detail, please email Dr Kathryn Gaussen (AMH Community Lead Psychologist) at in the first instance.

The NHS pay scales have not yet been updated for 2022. Confirmation issued on 19th July that they will be increased in line with the statement available on the NHS Employers and Government websites.

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