Lead Psychological Therapist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Eating Disorders
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a clinical or counselling psychological therapist to develop their career further in a specialist inpatient multi-disciplinary setting dedicated to people who have an eating disorder. You will have responsibility for the day to day management and supervision of Psychological therapy staff on the Haldon, a 10 bedded in-patient unit.

Main duties of the job

The service particularly values the development of a psychologically-informed environment to support staff and clients and this post will be central to delivering this. You will work closely with the Haldon ward manager and other senior clinical staff and managers involved in the eating disorders pathway, overseeing governance, service developments and other leadership issues. You will also be one of a team of leads in psychology and psychological therapies within the specialist services directorate, where a strong network of professional support is available. The post will be supported via clinical supervision, line managed by the service manager of the Haldon Unit in conjunction with Professional Supervision from the consultant clinical psychologist / strategic lead in specialist services. Excellent links are established with the doctorate in clinical psychology training programmes at the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter where training placements and service related research opportunities are encouraged.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health & learning disability services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Employer.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent), eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society / Psychological Therapist.
  • Or
  • Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the HCPC (or equivalent qualifications as assessed by the HCPC).
  • Or
  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (or equivalent as assessed by the HCPC).
  • Registered with HCPC/UKCP/BABCP/Other Specialist regulatory body
  • Further training or equivalent experience in working with adults with eating disorders and complex mental health needs
  • Further training in specialist psychological therapies relevant to people with eating disorders
  • Further training in working with people who have experienced complex trauma
  • Further training in at least one psychological therapy
  • Training in models and approaches of reflective practice
Experience Essential
  • Substantial theoretical knowledge and practical knowledge in relation to the treatment of people with complex co-existing health needs (adults/young people) and clinical experience working with this client group
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology/psychological therapy services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi disciplinary, multi agency contexts.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Experience of managing psychology and psychological therapies staff

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
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
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Wonford House

Dryden Road




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