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Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (EIp) - Chatsworth House

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Come and join the Swindon Psychological Therapies Service (PTS), working with young people with psychosis in the Early Intervention in Psychosis team. This role is suitable for either a newly-qualified psychologist, or someone with post-qualification experience. We are a flexible employer and there will be opportunities for blended site-based and home working options.

We are looking for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, with an interest in working with people presenting with their first episode of psychosis. In the context of the current Access and Waiting Time targets for Early Intervention, we are particularly looking for someone with skills in the provision of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with psychosis. You will be working alongside the existing Clinical Psychologist within the team.

Swindon PTS comprises a supportive team of Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, CBT Therapists, a Family Therapist and Arts Psychotherapists. We have established links with local training providers in Clinical & Counselling Psychology. All PTS staff have access to regular activities to support their ongoing professional development, including a bi-monthly CPD club. We offer a range of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, DBT, CFT, EMDR and Family Therapy.

The team has a strong emphasis on promoting staff wellbeing, including a bi-monthly reflective practice group and monthly Compassion Focussed Staff Support sessions.

Main duties of the job

You will provide specialist assessment, formulation and evidence based psychological intervention to a caseload of service users, on the Early Intervention in Psychosis team caseload. As an integral member of the multi-disciplinary team, you will be involved in team formulation, team case discussions and consultation to other team members around the delivery of psychological interventions.

Psychological input to this team is well established and highly valued by team members. You will be working alongside an experienced Clinical Psychologist i the team, and several team members have also completed training in family interventions for people with psychosis. The EI team is co-located with the Recovery Team and the Psychological Therapies Service, in the centre of Swindon.

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 psychology service to the designated team including assessment, formulation and therapy, both for individuals and groups, as appropriate.

To provide focussed psychological input to those under in-patient service, in liaison with colleagues.

To provide a specialist consultancy service to mental health team members and other agencies providing care for the client group.

To participate in generic team duties as agreed by the Head of the SwindonPsychological Therapies Service, as appropriate to the needs of the service.

To participate in clinical supervision arrangements provided by the Psychological Therapies Service.

To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreedsystems.

To support the full implementation of ICPA, acting as Care Co-ordinator asappropriate to the needs of the service.


To fully observe the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and the relevant Guidelines for professional practice e.g. from the relevant Division of the BPS.

To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of the Trust, Locality and Psychological Therapies Service policies and procedures.

To participate in local Psychological Therapies Service 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.

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 Assistant Psychologists undertakingbehavioural interventions and other appropriate tasks.

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

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 Head of the Psychological Therapies Service 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 provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent- or in final year of training programme that will lead to this qualification
  • HCPC Registration- or in final year of training programme that will lead to HCPC Registration
Skills and experience Essential
  • Evidence of interest in working with service users with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and their families
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Knowledge of key therapeutic interventions for the client group (CBTp) and familiarity with relevant evidence base
  • Good working knowledge of psychological interventions with service users in a secondary mental healthcare setting
  • Experience of working with individuals with psychosis
  • Experience of supporting multi-disciplinary colleagues in the delivery of psychological interventions
  • Experience of delivering training to multi-disciplinary colleagues
  • Experience of working with young people with psychosis
Personal qualities 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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