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8A Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,441 to £56,534 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS (pro-rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for enthusiastic and innovative Clinical/Counselling Psychologists with experience of, and a keen interest in mental health, to work within Community Mental Health Recovery Services based in South-West Surrey.

We have three 0.5WTE posts available:

1. 0.5WTE Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist based at Waverley CMHRS in Godalming.

2. 0.5WTE Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist based at Guildford CMHRS in Guildford.

3. 0.5WTE Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist split across Guildford and Waverley CMHRS (0.25WTE in teach team).

We are keen to offer a flexible recruitment approach to these roles, allowing the right candidate(s) to accept a full-time or part-time role (minimum of 0.5WTE), as desired.

The post holder would be working with adults who experience severe and enduring mental health difficulties. In particular, people with complex trauma, personality disorder and psychosis. You would be working with friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary teams who greatly value the skills and expertise of our Clinical and Counselling Psychologists.

Knowledge of working with high risk, complex mental health difficulties and experience in group therapy work and project work would be essential. Training and experience in an evidence-based trauma therapy and CBT is essential. Training and experience in third-wave CBT models such as ACT, DBT, CFT would be desirable.

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.

The post holder will work closely with other Psychologists in the teams as well as across the locality.

This is an exciting time to join SABP and an ideal position in which to grow your career as a practitioner Psychologist. This post will develop your skills in leadership, working creatively, MDT working and working with complex clients.

For further details please contact:

For Waverley CMHRS, please contact Dr Helen Tudor, Principal Clinical Psychologist on or 01483 528 100 or Amanda McVicker, Service Manager on

For Guildford CMHRS, please contact Dr.Miriam Mavia Zajac, Senior Counselling Psychologist on or 01483 443551 or Hannah Cross, Service Manager on

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.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

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 look forward to receiving your application!

Job description Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by: promoting health and independence for people who use our services and their carers/support staff by delivering high quality psychology assessments, formulation and interventions; providing consultation, supervision and guidance to band 7, trainee, assistant psychologists and others as required.

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

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.

Please refer the attached job decription for full details

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • 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 therapy.
  • Training and experience in an evidence-based trauma therapy and CBT.
  • 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.
  • Training and experience in other therapy models including third-wave CBT such as ACT, DBT, CFT.
Qualifications Essential
  • 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).
  • Training and experience in an evidence-based trauma therapy.

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
Redwood Centre

Farnham Road Hospital




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