Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Preceptorship opportunity

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
27 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified band 7 clinical psychologist looking for a post with potential career progression or for an established band 8a clinical psychologist to join our team of psychologists to develop and be part of the Psychological skills service (PSS) in Cambridge.

The PSS model and service was piloted in Peterborough to address an identified gap between primary and secondary care services and place and emphasis on person centred, trauma informed formulation. The service was funded CPFT by NHS England as part of community transformation in line with the long term plan.

The goal of this transformation project was to develop and deliver a new service paradigm that seeks to provide a more seamless pathway of mental health care and eliminate current gaps between services.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will co facilitate group programmes, carry out complex assessments, supervise and develop Clinical associate psychologist (CAP) trainees and play a key part in developing and shaping the new service and promoting it across the system. You will work closely with secondary care and primary care teams to develop effective referral pathways and promote a shared understanding of a trauma informed, person centred approach that provides appropriate, phased interventions.

The service places a strong emphasis on a trauma informed formulation and the importance of delivering the right (level of) approach at the right time. We currently deliver group programmes based on ACT, CFT and schema therapy. We offer a complex trauma stabilisation group and a group for adults with ASD (which adapts DBT for the service user group). We currently offer 5 structured interventions which are delivered mainly by CAP trainees, an assistant psychologist and support workers.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

The post holder will have a key role in supervising and supporting a second cohort of Clinical associate psychologist (CAP) trainees at UEA to complete their CAP well as being involved in the development and shaping of this service. As the CAPs progress through the course and become qualified you can be involved in how we might develop their roles and what we are now able to offer with a more skilled, qualified workforce. As this happens you will also be involved in thinking about your changing role. This will be both about your development (moving from a 7-8A or progressing within the band) and also about how can provide more flexible interventions as the CAPs and the CAP role develops


The post holder will also get the opportunity to be involved in the development of a new masters programme at the University of East Anglia for new role of Clinical Associate practitioner (CAP) role.

Relevant support and experience will be provided to ensure that successful newly qualified applicants will be able to transition into an 8a clinical psychology post after demonstrating significant post-qualifying experience and meeting the requirements for the role. We have a preceptorship framework which lists the requirements which we will review with you in weekly supervision to ensure these requirements are met.

Relocation package available (conditions apply).

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate level training in clinical /counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS and HCPC
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Training in therapies directed at phase II treatment of complex trauma treatment e.g. CBTPTSD, CAT, schema therapy, or CFT
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of adult mental health care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of application of clinical psychology in different contexts
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working within multicultural framework
  • Experience of working with complex trauma
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills
  • Ability to deliver CBT to people suffering from affective disorders and psychotic disorders
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning
  • Able to employ mechanisms of clinical governance (supervision and self-care)
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
  • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of the adult group
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS, Local Authority and other agencies, parents/ carers and clients.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Advanced keyboard and computer skills
  • Capable of being individually accountable for own clinical interventions.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • High level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults
  • High level knowledge and skills working with carers
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, psychological aspects of physical health difficulties, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychological medicine.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health
  • An interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary services
  • Evidence of continuing CPD as recommended by BPS
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self care and monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice
  • Willingness to be flexible, ? Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books. 10 adaptable and innovative
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.

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