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Trainee Psychological Therapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year gross per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

We are excited to be able to offer four trainee psychological therapist posts as part of the development of the Norfolk and Waveney At-Risk Mental States (ARMS) service. This is a newly funded service that is in the initial setup and development phase.

The ARMS service will sit under the Norfolk and Waveney Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service. This service is made up of four teams, with bases in Norwich (North and South teams), Great Yarmouth and Waveney (East team) and King's Lynn (West team). The ARMS service will follow the same model and successful candidates will have a core base in one of these teams (location to be discussed and agreed with interested candidates during the recruitment process). As well as working clinically, successful candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to ARMS service development.

During and following training, successful candidates will work across the Norfolk and Waveney EIP and ARMS services in therapy roles. This means that there will be opportunity to work clinically with people with ARMS, but also people with first episode psychosis (FEP). The Norfolk and Waveney EIP service uses an 'across service' therapy model where therapists offer clinical input to various teams, depending on service need. In addition to having a core clinical base, successful candidates will be expected to support this model where required.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will provide psychological assessment and treatment for people with ARMS and FEP and their families/carers. Health Education England (HEE) are currently commissioning post-graduate training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis and Bipolar (CBT PB) and the successful candidates will access a two-year (PGDip) training programme at University College London (UCL) from January 2023. Information about this course is attached. Behavioural Family Therapy (BFT) training will also be offered in house.

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Both full-time and part-time hours will be considered. However, due to the nature of the training and service need, successful candidates will be expected to work at least 30 hours per week. The total number of hours offered will also be dependent on the recruitment process and service funding and need. The total contracted hours will be discussed and agreed with interested candidates during recruitment.

Norfolk and Waveney EIP has undergone significant expansion over the last six years following funding from NHS England for the Access and Waiting Time Standard. The service are currently working towards national accreditation with the Royal College of Psychiatrists and hope to be a flagship service for the Trust. Staff retention in the service is excellent and the core staff group includes several roles, including administration assistants, psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, vocational workers, support workers and peer support workers.

The Norfolk and Waveney EIP service currently has a Principal Clinical Psychologist, three Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists, six psychological therapists and four assistant psychologists. In addition to the advertised posts, the development of the ARMS service will see an increase in psychological resource, including an additional Assistant Psychologist and an additional Principal Clinical Psychologist.

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Job responsibilities

Applicants with professional registration (e.g., nursing, social work, occupational therapy) are encouraged to apply. A preceptorship programme will be used to support the successful candidate in role development during CBT PB training. Please note that successful candidates will be paid on Band 6 until completion of the CBT PB training. Band 7 psychological therapist posts will be offered to those who successfully complete the CBT PB training and meet the service preceptorship targets.

On completion of training, job planning will be completed with successful candidates to ensure that they work safely and competently in line with professional guidelines. Regular individual and peer supervision and opportunities for Continued Professional Development (CPD) will be provided.

A job description is attached to this advert. Please note that as these are new posts, this job description is still in the evaluation stage and is subject to change in line with Trust policy and service needs.

We are a research active service with regular opportunities to get involved in national and local projects.The service also has links with the University of East Anglia (UEA) Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. A psychosis special interest research group has recently been set up with research colleagues from the UEA and the successful candidate will be able to be involved in this if interested.

Flexible and hybrid working arrangements are available in line with Trust policy, which will enable the successful candidate to work a preferred working pattern, both at home and in the office (depending on service need).

A provisional interview date has been scheduled for Friday 7th October. Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams and a link will be sent to shortlisted candidates prior to the interview date. Please note that the interview date is subject to change following closure of the advert.

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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