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Band 8A Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Bristol

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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A rare opportunity has come up for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join our dynamic team of skilled psychological practitioners in South Bristol.

We seek someone passionate about working with complex presentations, including psychosis and trauma, offering evidence based approaches to clinical work alongside excellent supervision/training for Support and Recovery staff and colleagues. The opportunity for further training in CBTp can form part of this role.

The Complex Psychological Interventions team (CPI), are part of Bristol Mental Health. CPI offers a range of activities to support psychologically informed care within the secondary mental health service. With strong presence in the Support and Recovery and Crisis teams, we have a unique identity as a group of highly skilled and respected professionals who liaise with senior Bristol management, and meet monthly, city-wide.

CPI comprises multidisciplinary professions, including Clinical Psychologists, Arts Psychotherapists, Medical Psychotherapists & Specialist Nurses. We provide support to staff teams in addition to clinical work, designed to both enhance interventions and support staff wellbeing.

The South Bristol Recovery team are compassionate, diverse & forward thinking mental health practitioners, in a geographical area of high deprivation & need.

Main duties of the job

You will provide specialist assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation, alongside staff training, supervision, consultation, advice and support to the South Bristol Recovery team. You will also provide clinical and/or management supervision to more junior CPI staff, placements to Clinical Psychology trainees and engage in service development work as appropriate.

To work within the Assessment & Recovery Services, it is essential for you to have experience of delivering therapy to this client group, and to have been trained in NICE guideline interventions (e.g. DBT, CBT etc). You will need excellent interpersonal skills to support the development of psychological thinking and intervention within multidisciplinary teams. Experience of delivering supervision and training would be essential.

We are especially (though not exclusively) interested in people with training and experience in CBT and CBTp as we are now supervising team staff undertaking further Health Education England funded training in these evidence based areas.

We strive to continue to develop the excellence of our staff with further training, research and development opportunities. We have good links with local universities and the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology courses.

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 offer a highly specialist assessment and treatment service using relevant skills and CPD qualifications to service users referred to the CPI service.

To offer a highly specialist and entirely autonomous systemic complexpsychological intervention service as a designated lead in specific areas.

To provide clinical supervision and consultancy to south sector staff with regard to problem assessment, formulation, and therapy interventions.

To participate in clinical supervision and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the CPI service

To provide an advanced and specialist treatment role in the south sector, using appropriate specialist interventions with patients presenting with complex and severe needs.

To provide an advanced and specialist psychological assessment (including risk assessment) to service-users in the sector


To work within professional codes of practice and the Health Professional Councils (HPC) Standards. To work using best and evidence based practice.

To fully observe relevant professional guidelines such as the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and the DCP Guidelines for the Professional Practice of Clinical Psychology (1995) or equivalent.

To participate in CPI service business and professional meetings where agreed.

To provide management supervision to band 7 psychologists

To maintain and further develop high standards of CPI service practice, through co-operative work with other CPI members and peer supervision.

To be aware of and adhere to Trust Policies and Procedures.


To support the Director of the CPI in the development and implementation of effective Clinical Governance across the CPI service.

To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit in the service.

To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.


To offer caseload supervision to staff from psychology/psychological therapies as delegated by manager.

To carry out appraisals with staff from psychology/psychological therapies as delegated by the manager.

To carry out operational/ management tasks as delegated by the manager/ Head of Profession e.g. attending meetings to represent the service.


To supervise trainees, staff and associate CPI workers, providing group and individual therapy.

To offer training in psychological approaches to healthcare to other staff in the multidisciplinary team and to staff from other parts of the service.

To agree a plan for personal development with the CPI line manager and participate in an annual review.


To advise the CPI Director, and the local Clinical Managers about service priorities and potential developments in the specified area.

To participate in CPI service management and consultation meetings, providing local CPI advice.


To initiate research as required by the needs of the local Service.

To offer advice and support to other members of relevant teams undertaking research projects.

To supervise trainees to undertake relevant audit / service evaluation projects as appropriate.

To participate in Clinical Audit projects in the CPI service.

To encourage a culture of evidence based practice in all parts of the Service

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • Completion of CBTp Training
  • Completion of Post-qualification training in supervision
Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registration
Qualifications Essential
  • Relevant Specialist CPD qualification (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Completion of the CAT practitioner course, Family approaches, psychotherapy, MBT, DBT, etc)
Experience Essential
  • Clinical Supervision experience with colleagues and Trainees
  • Clinical Supervision experience with other professions, both in formal groups and individually
Experience Essential
  • Highly specialist assessment and formulation skills using a range of models including the relevant CPD models
  • Substantial post qualification experience
  • Highly specialist therapeutic interventions with client group using relevant CPD qualifications
  • Experience of working with psychosis and an understanding of particular mental health issues for this service user group.
Experience Essential
  • R&D relevant to role
  • Clinical audit work relevant to role
Experience Essential
  • Teaching/Training with psychologists and other professions
  • Service development/project work
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a diverse population and the ability to consider issues of diversity, accessibility and equality of access to CPI services.

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