Senior Clinical Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year including 5% HCAS fringe (pro rata)
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting new opportunity has arisen for a band 8a post for a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join to work as part of well-established community recovery teams in Southwest Surrey. The two teams are based in Aldershot and Surrey Heath and the vacancy would be open to all newly qualified applied Psychologists.

The post offers a diverse range of experience working with people with complex mental health difficulties. You will join a friendly and supportive group of psychologists in the locality and there will be opportunities to develop your knowledge and skills through CPD.

The trust has an enviable care pathways system which values psychology, psychotherapy and the arts psychotherapies and there are opportunities to train in DBT, MBT, EMDR and CBT for psychosis, family interventions, CBT for personality disorders, compassion-focussed supervision and structured clinical management. Employees are also able to access leadership and management as well as coaching and mentoring and additional supervisors training.

As a Trust we pride our-selves on our innovative and collaborative approach to providing the highest quality, person-centred care. As an early implementer site for new models of care, we have a comprehensive primary care personality disorder services as well as established primary care MH teams working alongside GP practices. We are currently developing integrated care pathways across primary and secondary care.

Main duties of the job

Job Overview: 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.

Promoting 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.

The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within the service.

To lead on complex and challenging cases and develop expertise within area of specialism.

Participating in the recruitment and selection of staff.

Leading on a specific service development projects.

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. Applicants interested in only one part of the role (3.5 days Aldershot or 1.25 days Surrey Heath) are welcome to apply.

We also have other opportunities in the Trust in other divisions, if you would like to know more, please get in touch with Carol Frost, Service Manager (Aldershot) at or Kate Lloyd Service Manager (Surrey Heath) at or Dr Anita Jenkins, Consultant Psychologist.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

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 and complex 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 conduct and lead on clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group.

To develop and provide 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 lead on 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 act as practice assessor/supervisor/teacher in teaching, facilitating and supporting pre-registration students and junior personnel and to participate in the audit of educational placements.

To research national best practice and enable services to benchmark practice against nationally recognised standards - in partnership with people who use our services and their carers. Assist in appropriate staff recruitment and induction and contribute to the wider strategic plans regarding psychology recruitment.

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

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualifications required
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Completion of an appropriate clinical supervision course to enable supervision of trainees (or completion within 12 months of commencement in post)
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
  • Demonstrable post registration/clinical experience and competency relevant to this care group.
  • Experience of contributing to clinical practice/service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising assistant and trainee clinical psychologists
  • Demonstrable interest/skill in a relevant specialist area.

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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