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Band 6 Senior Psychology Practitioner - Old Town Surgery, Swindon

Band 6

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Band 6
Permanent: Substantive
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Old Town Surgery
£32,306 - £39,027 From £32,306 per annum pro rata
Salary period
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Job overview

We are looking for someone with substantial primary care psychology/IAPT experience.  The candidate will need to have knowledge of the local primary care psychology services and the approaches used.  The candidate will be responsible for a particular area of service delivery which may include providing supervision. 

You will work as part of the established stepped care model Primary Care Mental Health Service in Swindon, which consists of clinical and counselling psychologists; psychology practitioners; CBT therapists and graduate workers.  The post holder will need  accreditation and substantial experience in providing IAPT therapy in a primary care psychology service.    You will need to be independently mobile as you will be working across different locations in Swindon with opportunities for remote/flexible working.



Main duties of the job

You should have a real interest of working with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and with primary health care professionals seeking to improve care and treatment.  You will need excellent communication skills and ideally have proven experience of working in the Primary Care setting.  You will be involved with, and receive, ongoing in-service training and supervision.

This post would be based at Old Town Surgery in Swindon.


Working for our organisation

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.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

A) Clinical:
To allocate approximately 50% of time to clinical work to include the delivery of psychological interventions.
To provide a screening service for those in acute distress who need rapid access to secondary care
To provide a fast response community mental health service, LIFT Model, under supervision, to patients referred by the General Practitioners at the nominated surgery(ies) or institutions.
To act as a senior clinician which may include line management, supervision and liaison with a group of surgeries, practice managers and GPs.
To support and supervise assistants, LI workers and other staff in those surgeries as discussed with the Head of Service.
To run psycho-education courses as necessary 
To gather together and organise information about opportunities and resources in the local area which may be of benefit to clients referred to the service (e.g. voluntary and community organisations, educational and recreational opportunities).
To make follow up calls.
B) Professional:
To participate in the LIFT Psychology Service business and professional meetings as required.
To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directives of the Department, Service and Trust.
To maintain and further develop high standards of psychology practice through cooperative work with other counsellors and psychologists and involvement in professional audit. To attend training and supervision as required.
To comply with the British Psychology Society’s code of conduct (or appropriate professional body) as well as procedures and government legislation as it applies to the service.
C) Clinical Governance:
To support the Head of LIFT Psychology in the development and implementation of effective Clinical Governance across the Psychology Service.
To oversee and participate in multidisciplinary audit in the service.
To promote the use of effective interventions in the service.

To participate in Clinical Governance processes in the service and in the profession.
D) General:
To participate in liaison meetings with GPs and other members of the Primary Care Health Teams as appropriate.
To meet with the link worker from the Primary care liaison team.
To train other staff as appropriate.
To participate in audit and personal review activity as required.
To enter data on surgery computer and Iaptus.
To compile and return statistics and activity levels every month.
To undertake mandatory and in-house training and undertake such other training as might be required to maintain an appropriate level of expertise.
To participate in individual and peer supervision both process and case 
To participate in the research activities of the service, where required.
To be aware of and comply with all policies, procedures and directions of the department, service and Trust.
To contribute to the running and development of the service as agreed with the Head of Service
E) Key Working Relationships:
Staff in LIFT Psychology.
GPs and primary care teams.
Representatives and users of voluntary groups.
Secondary Care Teams including PCLS and AMH Psychology staff.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Full accreditation with BPS and HPC or Full accreditation with BABCP, BACP or UKCP or Core Mental Health profession with HPC registration


Essential criteria
  • Extensive experience of working in primary care setting.
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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 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

Sarah Hunt
Job title
Acting Head of Service LIFT Psychology Swindon
Telephone number
01793 836836