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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapist/Psychotherapist

Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are delighted to advertise three new Psychology/Psychotherapy posts providing psychological input for people who may currently fall in the gaps between primary and secondary care mental health services.

The postholders will work alongside colleagues in Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS), a partnership organisation working across primary care, and the band 8a psychological practitioners recently in post, to:
  • Provide therapeutic input (individual and group) for people presenting with complex needs. Clients may present with co-occurring physical, social and mental health issues and/or neurodiversity-related issues, requiring a flexible, multi-modal approach.
  • Provide psychological consultation and supervision to primary care staff, including GPs and other allied professionals.
  • Develop and support the services to embed a flexible, psychologically informed model of care

The post holders will receive direct support and supervision from the band 8a practitioners. They will be employed by Leeds & York Partnership NHS Trust (LYPFT) and will link into the professional network of Psychologists and Psychotherapists in LYPFT.

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Main duties of the job

We have three posts available (up to 3.0 wte in total, minimum 0.6 wte), one based in each of the primary care mental health clusters. The postholders will work closely with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the senior psychological therapists in each cluster to develop a flexible and creative therapeutic offer, tailored to individual need. A particular focus will be on working to address health inequalities and ensuring equitable access to psychological support and interventions.

This is an exciting time to be joining this service as we anticipate significant service expansion and investment in psychological therapies, in line with the NHS long-term plan and the national programme of community mental health transformation. The aims of the new transformed services are to foster integration between the NHS, the third sector and social care and to increase access to specialist interventions, including psychological therapies. These roles are 'early implementer' roles that will play a key part in piloting and evaluating this new service.

In addition to direct clinical work, the role will involve supporting the work of primary care mental health workers through supervision, consultation, and training. It will also involve collaborating with other stakeholders and third sector providers to develop effective pathways and networks.

About us

We are a high quality, high performing NHS foundation trust. We are the main provider of specialist mental health and learning disability services in Leeds. We also provide specialist inpatient services in York as well as some highly specialised services across the country.We employ around 3,000 staff and every year we have contact with over 25,000 service users. Our vision is to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice. Our ambition is to support our service users and carers, our staff and the communities we serve to live healthy and fulfilling lives. We need people like you to help us achieve our goals; to live our lives free from stigma and discrimination; and to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and mental ill health. We perform well againstlocal and national targetsand inour most recent CQC inspection, 85% of our services were rated good or outstanding.As a teaching trust with strong links to local universities, we are a centre of excellence for teaching,research and development.

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are looking for an individual who can contribute to developing this exciting and innovative service and help it expand to reach groups and populations of Leeds where access to services previously may have been limited. Experience of providing consultation and supervision to individuals and groups as well as liaising with other professional groups across service pathways would be valued, and a willingness to train in and offer clinical supervision is essential. The post holders would also be involved in helping the service develop its group-work program.

Post holders will need to be positive, flexible and independent practitioners who can contribute to developing new roles in primary care and feel comfortable working in a changing environment.

Leeds is a great city offering plenty to do and explore for all individuals, so if youre looking to relocate to West Yorkshire, we can support you with a relocation package of up to £8,000, as well as help to get to grips with what the city offers. The relocation package should be discussed at the appointment stage.
**There will also be opportunities to access HEE funded training in NICE guidance-supported therapies, such as CBT (including the opportunity to specialise in either complex trauma, eating disorders or psychosis), DBT, Systemic Family Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). In addition, we would very much encourage and support other development opportunities, such as protected time for research or a split post with anotherservice.**

The interviews for these posts will take place on 21/22 February

Informal enquiries to: Judith Hartley ( or Alex Perry (

Person Specification
  • For Clinical & Counselling Psychologists: 1. Doctorate Level qualification in clinical psychology or counselling psychology or (or equivalent prior to 1995) accredited by the BPS 2. HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist - clinical psychologist, or counselling psychologist For CBT Therapists: 1. At least Post-Graduate Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy 2. Qualification in relevant core profession or through the Knowledge Skills and Attitude (KSA) portfolio route 3. Accreditation by BABCP as a CBT therapist For Psychotherapists: 1.Masters level qualification in Psychotherapy (Systemic, Psychoanalytic, Integrative) 2. Accreditation with UKCP as a Psychotherapist, or with the British Psychoanalytic Council

  • Experience of providing a range of interventions across care settings, including for complex mental health issues

  • Advanced skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies used to treat working age adults
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

  • A high ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.

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