Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to be a part of a growing and successful psychology service and also feel included and embedded within a MDT community mental health team? In Wiltshire you have the opportunity for both whilst living and working in a beautiful rural setting with accessible links to Southampton, Bath & Bristol.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified staff for the above vacancy in the South Wiltshire Community Mental Health Team (SARUM CMHT)/ Wiltshire Psychological Therapies Service. This post has become recently vacant, due to the promotion of the previous post holder.

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.

Main duties of the job

We are an enthusiastic and innovative team who value the input & contribution of all our team members & strive to offer the best service possible to service users. We offer evidence-based interventions and are developing our pathway to work with individuals with psychosis & complex emotional needs (and their families). We aim to offer a wide range of psychological therapies including CBT, EMDR, ACT, DBT, CAT, Integrative, Schema focused, Mindfulness, and Solution focused ways of working, in both group & individual contexts.

We are looking for someone with the desire to develop their clinical skills to their full potential and would support this with regular supervision and line management from a senior clinical psychologist or above, CPD and training.

We are looking for a compassionate, thoughtful and enthusiastic practitioner psychologist to join our friendly, close-knit team. We would welcome a practitioner who can demonstrate an interest in working with service users with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and a commitment to improving their wellbeing through direct clinical interventions and, or contributions to psychologically-informed care plans. We would particularly welcome someone with an interest in psychosis or developing this.

About us

We are AWP (Avon & 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 & North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, across the county of Wiltshire & in parts of Dorset.

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

The SARUM-CMHT is a multi-disciplinary secondary care team specialising in delivering high quality interventions to adults of working age living across South Wiltshire. We are based in Salisbury but occasionally provide clinical services to other areas of Wiltshire.

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 Essential Essential
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent, or in final year of training programme that will lead to this qualification
  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist or in final year of training programme that will lead to registration
  • Experience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues
  • Experience of risk assessment and management
  • Training in an evidence based psychological intervention for severe and enduring mental health difficulties
  • Supervision Training
  • Clinical Supervision and Clinical Psychology Trainees

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