Lead Practitioner Psychologist for Psychosis

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year pro rata
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is a new opportunity to practice psychology in a leadership role thanks to 'community mental health framework' funding. We are looking for someone with expertise and significant experience delivering psychological interventions to people with psychosis and bipolar mood disorder. You will be the lead for this treatment pathway in Wiltshire, under the supervision and line management of a consultant clinical psychologist. As well as providing expert treatment and supervision, you will be forging links with local education providers to grow the research profile of this clinical area, and to offer training to other staff.

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

Based within either a community mental health team (CMHT) or an early interventions for psychosis (EIP) team, you will be expected to provide in-depth and expert assessments, formulations, and interventions for adults with psychosis. You will provide training and supervision to other qualified psychological therapists and psychologists to deliver evidence-based interventions. The role will include becoming involved with research conducted by universities and funding bodies, to improve our understanding and treatment of psychotic conditions.

You will line manage a small, but growing team of psychologists and psychological therapists, that specialise in this clinical area.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities


To provide clinical leadership and clinical expertise in the field of psychosis, bipolar mood disorders, and delusional disorders.

To provide clinical expertise in the field of the treatment of trauma in people with psychosis.

To offer highly specialist clinical psychology assessment, and treatment to clients under CMHTs or ARMS and EI services.

To work effectively with families and carers to ensure they have access to appropriate support and NICE concordant interventions.

To provide supervision and consultancy to the EI team and broader psychosis pathway as appropriate with regard to problem assessment and formulation, and therapy interventions.


Provide operational leadership to the EI pathway and all psychological practitioners working in the pathway and represent psychology at senior levels where appropriate.

To offer caseload / management supervision to a range of staff as delegated.

To carry out other operational tasks as delegated.

To participate in the development of an effective team and the development of productive working relationships throughout the Trust.

To advise, encourage and share knowledge utilising the latest research and practice development, through literature and peer reviews.

To contribute to trust wide strategy and implementation of the delivery of psychological therapies for people with psychosis.

Clinical Governance

To promote equitable access to evidence based psychological therapies for people with psychosis within ARMS, EI and across the psychosis pathway.

To lead, support and participate in clinical audit to demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of psychological therapy provision.

To implement systematic outcome measures and evaluation across the pathway.

To effectively manage waiting lists for access to psychological therapies within EI to ensure timely access to psychological therapy.

To be responsible for auditing and evaluating within the pathway. This will include reviewing people who do not engage with the service, and those who drop out, to identify ways of ensuring that the service is accessible and responsive to diverse needs.

Training and Staff Development

To provide clinical supervision to Trainee Clinical Psychologists and qualified Psychologists / psychological therapists.

To develop a robust and sustainable supervision structure across the psychosis pathway to support the delivery of high quality NICE concordant Psychological Interventions.

To provide specialist supervision (CBTp, FI and EMDR) to a range of staff.

To offer training in Psychological approaches to Psychosis, Trauma Informed Care and the treatment of Trauma in Psychosis to other staff in the multidisciplinary team, to staff from other parts of the service and trust wide as appropriate.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in clinical or counselling psychology
  • BABCP accreditation
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with adults with psychosis
  • Experience of working with adults with 'at risk mental states'
Experience Essential
  • Experience of supervising qualified clinicians in psychological therapy

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