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Band 8a Senior Psychologist/CBT Therapist: Trauma Informed Care Lead

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year (pro rata)
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This exciting new role has come about as a result of investment for the 'community mental health framework'. The role will involve treating clients for trauma based difficulties, and being the link person for trauma informed care in the south of Wiltshire. You will be the driving force behind making services in the south of Wiltshire more trauma informed than they currently are. You will be supported by the trust lead consultant psychologist for trauma informed care.

The clinical emphasis of this post will be using trauma focused CBT, or EMDR therapy. We are able to provide expert supervision in both.

This post is within the multi-disciplinary CMHT and Wiltshire Psychological Therapies Service, which is a secondary care service including both local and area wide teams. We are an enthusiastic and innovative team which values the input and contribution of all our staff, and strives to offer the best services possible to our clients.

Main duties of the job

To provide leadership within the Locality on the application Trauma Informed Care principles to service provision and development, working in partnership with service users, and to advise on care pathway developments for service users with a history of trauma.

To liaise with Trauma Informed Care leads in other localities to ensure a consistent approach across the Trust.

To develop and deliver training in Trauma Informed Care for staff within the Locality, working for AWP and in partner organisations;

To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and evidence based trauma therapy to service users (and carers) as appropriate to the service.

To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients' formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues, with a specific focus on those with a history of trauma.

To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of service users by the various teams in the area and where appropriate outside of the area.

To clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.

To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the Locality with a specific focus on Trauma Informed Care.

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

The successful applicant will be a Practitioner Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist or Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist with clearly demonstrable skills and knowledge in working with people throughout the adult age range, but adults of working age in particular. For this Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist role you will be able to demonstrate experience of working with a number of different client groups in secondary mental health settings, and of having been responsible for providing specialist assessments and interventions. You will need to be able to demonstrate clinical leadership, and innovations that have improved services in which you have worked. You will also need to be able to demonstrate a knowledge of trauma, and how psychological trauma can impact on the care we provide.

As the provision of supervision, consultation and training to other colleagues within the service is both highly valued and an essential part of the role, being able to demonstrate skill and experience in this area would be an advantage. We would particularly value experience and/or training in CBT, EMDR, or NET, as these models have the greatest evidence base for trauma and PTSD.

Please see full Job Description attached.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology, or BABCP Accreditation
  • EMDR Accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with complex trauma presentations
  • Experience of supervising staff in trauma informed care

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