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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year including 5% HCAS fringe (pro rata)
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a band 7 post for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or BABCP CBT Therapist to join the community mental health team in Aldershot, the vacancy would be open to all final year trainees.

The post is very flexible, we would love to hear from you if you are due to qualify this year or you have recently qualified as a psychologist or CBT therapist. The post holder will be working with another 8a in the team and meet with other Psychologists in the community teams. Working with adults who experience severe and enduring mental health difficulties. You will hold a varied caseload with support and training to develop skills and expertise in working with people with personality disorder, complex trauma, and psychosis. You would be working with friendly, diverse and supportive multi-disciplinary teams who truly value the skills and expertise of our Clinical/Counselling Psychologists.

We are innovative in developing new initiatives and the work is rewarding. We would hope that you will be keen to join us in the transformation of services to increase access to psychological therapies.

Main duties of the job

Your clinical work would involve providing assessment, formulation and psychological interventions to CMHRS clients, and consultation to the MDT. The post requires good teamwork skills and enthusiasm for working with a challenging client group. The Trust has a strong commitment to maintaining contacts with psychological services elsewhere in the Trust, CPD and clinical supervision. Strong links also exist with Surrey University doctoral training courses and trainees are taken regularly on placement.

We are going to be receiving additional funding to support training in psychological treatments and it will be possible to engage in additional training to improve access to a range of specialist therapy approaches for Severe and Enduring Mental Health difficulties. Knowledge of working with high risk, complex mental health difficulties and experience in group therapy work and project work would be desirable. Training in ACT, CBT, DBT, MBT, EMDR and/or trauma work would be preferable but not essential and there will be inhouse opportunities to develop these skills.

The candidate must have a full and valid driving licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes due to the community element of this role and the large geographical area that this post covers.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We would welcome and encourage expressions of interest, or an informal visit. We also have other opportunities in the Trust in other divisions, if you would like to know more, please get in touch with Dr Anita Jenkins, Consultant Psychologist at or Carol Frost, Service Manager at

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the psychological needs of people using our services

To mentor, supervise and teach qualified and unqualified staff including students

Promote a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues

Work collaboratively with team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services

Supporting and/or leading on specific service development projects.

Key Responsibilities:

To be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of clinical work and care. To maintain high standards of care in all areas of practice in accordance with the HCPC Code of Conduct, professional guidelines and Trust Policies and Procedures. To act within the Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act (2005). To be aware of and implement Safeguarding Adult and Child Protection Policies, Procedures and legislation.

To carry out comprehensive psychological and cognitive assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychology interventions and consultations to support people with specific needs.

To actively involve people in developing and agreeing their own care plan, to act as an advocate and ensure that there is proper regard for their dignity, choice, self-esteem, racial, cultural, sexual and religious needs and preferences.

To work creatively to adapt verbal and written communication to meet the needs of people who use our services

To undertake comprehensive risk assessments and develop effective risk management plans for people with complex needs.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group.

To contribute to developing and providing a range of specialist teaching/training packages which can be delivered to a range of multi-disciplinary audiences.

To positively contribute to divisional and team developments in relation to all aspects of psychology practice.

To contribute to the supervision and Individual Performance Review/Appraisal of assistant psychologists as required.

To contribute to the development and implementation of appropriate policies, protocols and care pathways.

To contribute to initiatives to ensure that the diverse needs of people within the care group are addressed within local services and future developments.

To practice within a Positive Behaviour Support and trauma informed care framework.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
Experience Essential
  • Experience required:
  • Experience of working with people from across the life span with a range of mental health issues and cognitive profiles.
  • Experience across a range of psychological models including systemic, behavioural and individual therapeutic
  • For roles in Learning Disabilities or older adults candidates should demonstrate experience of working with people with learning disabilities or older adults within a positive behaviour support framework

UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Aldershot Centre For Health

Hospital Hill



GU11 1AY

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