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Band 8a Practitioner Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for you to be a part of a growing and successful Psychological Therapies Service (PTS). As a member of the Wiltshire PTS, you will be part of a thriving team with opportunities to access training to support your professional development.

Whilst a member of the PTS, this role is embedded in West Wiltshire Community Mental Health Team (covering Warminster, Trowbridge and Devizes), encouraging strong and valuable relationships, working alongside other professionals to ensure that the best possible care is provided to those we support.

We are an enthusiastic and innovative team who value the input and contribution of all our team members, and strive to offer the best evidence-based, person-centred, service possible to our service users. As such, we currently offer a range of therapies including CBT, EMDR, CFT ACT, DBT, CAT, in both group and individual contexts.

This role will appeal to a Practitioner Psychologist keen to utilise their experience of delivering evidence based and NICE concordant therapy to support individual's struggling with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, as well as being innovative with the development and implementation of psychological pathways locally. We would particularly welcome someone with an interest in building the provision of evidence-based practice in an area of their interest (psychosis, trauma, mood disorders, or personality disorders).

Main duties of the job

With NHS England's development of the Community Services Framework, it is an exciting time to be a Practitioner Psychologist in our CMHT. The PTS is at the heart of improving the provision of evidence-based interventions within the community, bringing opportunities for the successful candidate including:
  • Delivery of individual and group psychological therapy
  • Supporting the development and implementation of treatment pathways
  • Providing consultation and supervision within the multidisciplinary team
  • Contributing to training and develop of the psychological skills of the community team

We are an enthusiastic and innovative team who value the input and contribution of all our team members and strive to offer the best service possible to our service users. The team has been active in launching new therapeutic initiatives such as, compassion focused therapy groups, and acceptance and commitment therapy programmes. We aim to offer a wide range of psychological therapies including CBT, EMDR, ACT, DBT, CAT, Integrative, Schema focused, Mindfulness, and Solution focused ways of working, in both group and individual contexts.

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.

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

CLINICALTo provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinical/counselling psychology service.

To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies with clients and their carers (as appropriate to the role).

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full rangeof care settings.

To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service.

To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in the area and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of those teams.

To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by teams.

To be involved in the development and delivery of training within the Trust.

To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Service.

To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.

To support the full implementation of CPA or equivalent including acting as care-coordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service.

To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner.


Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff

Delegated caseload supervision

Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested

The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested


To fully adhere to the Policies and Procedures of the HCP. To fully observe the BPS (1996) Code of Conduct and the DCP Guidelines for the Professional Practice of Clinical Psychology (1995).

To be aware of, adhere to, and where appropriate, contribute to the formulation and review of Trust, Area, Clinical Psychology policies and procedures. Copies of Trust Policies can be accessed via the staff intranet or from your manager.

To participate in local psychological therapy and psychology meetings and trust wide meetings as appropriate.

To maintain and develop high standards of clinical psychology practice by engaging in continuing professional development and co-operative working/networking with other clinical psychologists.

To participate in an annual performance appraisal.

To participate in clinical supervision.


To participate in service governance processes in the profession and in the LDU to maintain a safe, effective service which responds to Service User feedback.

To support and participate in multidisciplinary clinical audit.

To liaise with other disciplines and agencies to ensure that best practice is shared.

To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.


To provide supervision for clinical psychology trainees from regional training courses and elsewhere as appropriate.

To provide training, supervision and consultation in psychological approaches to other staff in multidisciplinary teams. This is to include joint assessment, formulation of psychological problems and planning of interventions to be implemented by other team members with serviceusers.

To contribute to the development of a psychologically based framework of understanding and care across service settings through providing teaching, training, consultation and supervision.

To provide training and supervision to assistant psychologists.

To participate in peer supervision arrangements for psychologists in the area.

To collaborate with colleagues to develop and offer training courses, workshops and supervision groups to develop psychological skills for staff in the area.

To contribute to the teaching of students and trainees in psychology, medicine, nursing and other health care disciplines.

To agree a plan of personal development with the line manager and professional lead for the service.


To collaborate with specialist staff and other agencies in the LDU to extend the range of specialist psychological individual, family and group interventions available across the area.

To propose changes to policies and procedures in multidisciplinary teams as appropriate.

To advise managers of service developments


To engage in research relevant to service priorities as appropriate.

To participate in audit and service evaluation activities examining the effectiveness of current service delivery and informing the development of services relevant to client needs.

To provide advice, support and consultation to colleagues from other disciplines undertaking research in the area.


With the following staff working and providing services in the area.Clinical psychologists and other Psychological Therapy staff across the area.

Team Leaders and multidisciplinary staff in the various teams in the area


Balancing the roles of therapist, consultant, supervisor and trainer.

Managing the demand for psychological therapy.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or equivalent
  • HCPC registration
  • Supervisory experience
  • Further training in a therapeutic modality relevant to severe and enduring mental health (e.g. CBTp/DBT)
  • BABCP accreditation

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