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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata
Closing date
11 Aug 2022

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We are currently seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our team, initially on an 12 month fixed term contract or secondment.

Bristol Community Rehabilitation Service includes a multi disciplinary community team and a recovery focused 10 bed rehabilitation accommodation service. We work with people with complex mental health needs who could benefit from intensive support and therapeutic interventions. Our service is focused on providing effective interventions to support people in achieving their recovery goals. The service has a particular focus on supporting the inpatient rehabilitation pathway including people who have been in out of area rehabilitation placements.

The team includes a wide range of skilled and highly motivated staff including Peer Workers, Recovery Navigators, Mental Health Nurses, Occupational Therapists, a Social Worker, a Consultant Psychiatrist, and Clinical Psychologists.

The service is a partnership between mental health charity Second Step, Avon and Wiltshire NHS Mental Health Partnership Trust (AWP) and women's organisation Missing Link.

This post will be employed by Avon and Wiltshire NHS Partnership Trust.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic psychologist who will have a key role in developing and maintaining a psychologically informed approach across the service. You will work across the accommodation hub and the community team providing assessments and group and individual psychological and interventions, training, supervision and reflective practice. Part of the role will be supporting the work of enabling people to return from out of area rehabilitation hospital placements.

About us

We are AWP (Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust) a diverse organisation with over 5,000 dedicated staff providing inpatient and community-based mental health care.

We provide services from a range of locations to approximately 1.8 million people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire and in parts of Dorset.

Our outstanding people promote mental health and wellbeing. The expertise and resources within AWP are dedicated to a person-centred approach for those who use our services and for all employees. We recognise that happy and fulfilled employees give better care.

At AWP we actively encourage applicants from all backgrounds; we are particularly keen to encourage applications from people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those with disabilities and from the LGBTQ+ community. We want people to bring their unique blend of experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and knowledge to AWP, as diversity makes us stronger.

Job description Job responsibilities


To provide a clinical psychology service to the specified Team/Service

To assess and treat a specialist workload of clients and maintain associated records

Participate in CPD and other developmental activities

Undertake R & D and clinical audit

Clinically supervise Assistant Psychologists, CAPs, other professionals and trainee Clinical Psychologists



To provide a psychology service to the designated team including assessment and therapy both for individuals and groups as appropriate.

To provide a specialist consultancy service to multidisciplinary teams and other agencies providing care for the client group.

To participate in generic team duties as agreed by the operational manager and Psychology Lead as appropriate, to the needs of the service.

To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Psychology Service.

To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.

To ensure timely recording of all data required by the Trust.

To support the full implementation of CPA acting as care co-ordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service.


To adhere to the HCPC policies and procedures.

To fully observe the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and the DCP Guidelines for the Professional Practice of Clinical Psychology (1995).

To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area and Clinical Psychology Service policies and procedures.

To participate in local psychology meetings and Trust wide meetings as appropriate.

To maintain and develop high standards of psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with counselling and clinical psychologist colleagues.

To participate in an annual performance appraisal.


To participate in service governance processes in the profession, ensuring a safe and effective service.

To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.

To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.

To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.


To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in the multidisciplinary team. This to include joint assessment with care co-ordinators, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by care co-ordinators or other team members with service users.

To provide training and supervision to Band 4/5 psychologists, CAPs, work experience placements and trainees (alongside main identified supervisor).

To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop skills in psychological interventions.

To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines.

To agree a plan of personal development with the Psychology Lead and the post holders line manager


To collaborate with other specialist staff in designated area to extend the range of specialist psychological and group interventions available across the area.


To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.

To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness of current service delivery and leading to development of services relevant to client needs.

To undertake advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.


With the following staff working and providing services in the designated area:

Specified Teams, specified sites, clinical psychologists and other staff and teams providing specialist psychological therapies and mental health care across the designated area.

Person Specification Education and Qualification Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical / Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • HCPC Registration
  • Additional training in a therapeutic model
Experience and Knowledge Essential
  • Evidence of interest in working with severe and enduring mental health problems
  • An understanding of NHS and voluntary sector services partnership working
  • Therapeutic interventions with client group
  • Experience of teaching/training
Skills and Abilities Essential
  • Effective team player with good communication and liaison skills
  • Well organised with good administration skills
  • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group
  • Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-awareness and emotional resilience

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