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B7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/DBT therapist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,574 to £49,587 a year Incl 5% Fringe HCAS (pro-rata)
Closing date
10 Feb 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Part-time 0.6 WTE or 22.5 hours per week, Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Dialectical Behavioural Therapist

The Surrey and Borders Centralised Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Service are currently recruiting for the vacancy of a Band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Dialectical Behavioural Therapist (Clinical Practitioner Specialist) from an allied profession. Our service provides a comprehensive trust-wide therapy service, in line with NICE guidelines, to a culturally diverse population of working age adults (18-65), referred by professionals within our Community Mental Health Recovery Services (CMHRS), who meet the criteria for Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD).

The post holder would be joining a small team of highly motivated clinicians comprised of three core DBT Therapists, an Assistant Psychologist and members of staff from the CMHRS who rotate into the DBT Service on sessional secondments. In their role the applicant will be expected to travel trustwide. Applicant will need access to a car.

Applicants must be registered with an appropriate professional body or eligible to be registered with HCPC (if newly qualified).

Main duties of the job

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 assessments and formulation, plan implement and evaluate delivery of psychological interventions and consultations to support people with specific 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.

To establish and maintain effective partnerships and relationships with colleagues, other agencies, people who use services and their carers and support staff.

To contribute to conducting clinical audit, quality assurance and research, maintaining current knowledge of research findings and development within specific care group

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

Job Overview: To assess, plan, implement and evaluate the psychological needs of people using our services

To supervise and teach unqualified staff including students

Promoting a psychological perspective both within teams and sharing with other colleagues

To support team managers/ Clinical leads in the development and delivering of effective services

The postholder will be expected to work flexibly within the service

See attachment for full Job Description.

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of delivering DBT to people with a diagnosis of personality disorder/traits.
  • Experience of delivering DBT to people with personality disorder within a DBT service.
Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • OR
  • DBT therapist/practitioner who has completed intensive DBT training and also has a core professional qualification (e.g. nursing, social work, occupational therapy).
  • Post graduate diploma in DBT.

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
Surrey & Border Partnership Trust

Curfew Bell Road



KT16 9FG

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