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Band 8a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist - Speedwell Centre

Band 8a

Main area
Adult mental Health
Band 8a
Part time 22.5 hours per week
Job ref
The Speedwell Centre
from £44,606 per annum pro rata
26/06/2019 23:59

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides inpatient and community-based mental health care for people living in Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. We also provide specialist services extending throughout the south west.

We employ over 4,000 dedicated members of staff who deliver services from more than 90 locations, working in approximately 150 teams across a geographical region of 2,200 miles, for a population of approximately 1.8million people.

We are passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise and resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe and focused on people's recovery. Our staff are pivotal in everything we do and we are committed to involving them fully in the development of the Trust and our services.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed clinical psychologist to join our well-established Complex Psychological Interventions Service in Bristol. The post is based in Adult Mental Health Services in the Central/ East of Bristol and the successful applicant will support the delivery of psychological interventions to the Assessment and Recovery Team. This is a permanent post.

Bristol Mental Health have been commissioned to provide services to adults and older adults with mental health issues across Bristol. It is an innovative model of mental health services that brings together statutory and voluntary sector providers.

The Complex Psychological Interventions Team (CPI) offers a range of activities to support psychologically informed care within the secondary mental health service. CPI has a strong presence in the Support and Recovery teams in South, North and Central Bristol. The CPI also offers additional support, through supervision and training, to a variety of partner organisations. 

CPI is comprised of multidisciplinary professions, including Clinical Psychologists, Arts Psychotherapists, Medical Psychotherapists and Specialist Nurses. Staff are located in a central hub (at Callington Road Hospital), as well as at Assessment and Recovery team bases. CPI provide a range of services both direct to clients, and supportive functions to staff teams that are designed to enhance the interventions delivered by teams, as well as contributing to the resilience and well-being of staff. 

CPI offer complex assessment and formulation, as well as the provision of a range of therapies including specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Psychotherapy, Arts Psychotherapies, Family Therapy, Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Therapy is offered in individual and group formats.

The successful applicant will provide specialist assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation, alongside staff training, supervision, consultation, advice and support to the teams they are working within. It will be important for applicants to be aware of the latest evidence-based interventions and be able to evidence outcomes. 

We are looking for applicants with a particular interest in working with people with a broad range of complex and enduring mental health difficulties across the life span including older adults who are treated within the ‘ageless’ service.

The Central and East Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team aims to provide a holistic mental health service, tailor-made to individuals from the point of assessment through to a range of high quality interventions needed to maximise recovery. It would be essential for the successful applicant to have experience of delivering therapy to this client group, and to been trained in NICE guideline interventions (e.g. DBT, CBT etc.). You will need excellent interpersonal skills to support the development of psychological thinking and intervention within multidisciplinary teams. Experience of delivering supervision and training would also be essential. 

The ability to consider issues of diversity, accessibility and equality of access are priorities for any successful applicant. The Central and East Bristol Assessment and Recovery Team covers a vibrant diverse community and applicants will need to consider ways to promote a service that is accessible to all.

Additional information

As well as working closely within the teams, you will receive excellent support and supervision from more senior and well-established CPI members. There will be opportunities for regular connection to the wider CPI, including opportunities for continuing professional development and development of innovative research projects. We also have close links to the University of Bath and the University of Exeter and there will be opportunities for you to participate in teaching and supervision of trainees.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Beth Perry (0117 9195680)