Band 8a Clinical Psychologist/Psychological Therapist - Gambling Harms Service (South West)

Main area
Gambling Harms Service
Band 8a
Permanent: Substantive
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Flexible working
  • Home or remote working
37.5 hours per week (Part time hours will be considered)
Job ref
Bybrook Lodge, Blackberry Hill Hospital
£50,952 - £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
05/06/2023 23:59

Job overview

AWP Specialised Services is currently embarking on an exciting journey to provide the first NHS Gambling Service for the South West of England.

We are currently recruiting the team that will develop the new Specialised Southwest Gambling Harms Service. As part of this we are looking for a 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/CBT Therapists (1.2 fte). This is a very exciting time to be joining the service, with opportunities for involvement in developing the new service, as a trauma informed service underpinned by a compassionate, inclusive and collective leadership. The development of the psychological therapies team and work will be overseen by the new Clinical Lead for the service. The approach clinical model is in development, however will reflect an evidence based approach, namely CBT for gambling, however also look to explore the developing evidence base in relation to e.g. DBT and EMDR for gambling. The service is planned to develop as an innovative, integrated service that will provide predominantly digital assessment and interventions in collaboration with partner organisations. Co-production of both the service design and the evaluation of the service are key, with the post holder anticipated to have a range or clinical, service development and evaluation duties. Within the role there is a possibility of a 0.1 FTE link with the University of Bath focusing on for example service evaluation and research.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and carers as appropriate to the service
  • To provide highly specialist advice and consultation on clients’ formulation and psychological management to other non-psychologist colleagues.
  • To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by the various teams in the area and where appropriate outside of the area.
  • To clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, less experienced psychology staff, and other professionals.
  • To contribute to audit, research, policy and service development within the areas served by the Psychological Therapies Service.
  • To develop and deliver training in psychological therapies for multidisciplinary staff.

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


  1. To provide a high quality and largely autonomous and systematic clinical psychology service.
  2. To undertake highly specialist assessments, including neuropsychological assessment, risk assessment and assessment for suitability for specialist psychological therapies with clients and their carers ( as appropriate to the role).
  3. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of clients’ mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  4. To be responsible for providing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological  formulations  drawing  upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  5. To provide at least one specialist evidence based psychological intervention as dictated by the needs of the service
  6. To provide highly specialist consultation to members of the various teams in the area and beyond regarding formulation and psychological management of clients of those teams.
  7. To use highly specialist psychological knowledge and skills to contribute to the more effective management of patients by teams.
  8. To be involved in the development and delivery of training within the Trust
  9. To participate in clinical and caseload supervision arrangements provided by the Service.
  10. To maintain accurate records and to monitor clinical workload using agreed systems.
  11. To support the full implementation of CPA or equivalent including acting as care- coordinator as appropriate to the needs of the service.
  12. To enter data as requested by the Trust in a timely manner


  1. Delegated day to day operational management of more junior staff
  2. Delegated caseload supervision 
  3. Represent the service at specialist meetings as requested
  1. (4) The co-ordination of small scale projects as requested

Person specification

Education and Qualification

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent. Eligible for Chartered Psychologist status. HPC Registered
  • Post qualification and further specialist training in specified specialist intervention. Care Co-ordination or equivalent role Training others in MH services topics.
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant R&D or clinical audit work post qualification

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • Experience of working alongside multidisciplinary colleagues Clinical supervision/ consultation with other professionals. Evidence based therapeutic interventions with client group.
  • Psychological assessment skills and knowledge. Advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the specialism. Ability to use this knowledge to think systemically/organisationally
  • Experience of risk assessment and management Knowledge of relevant Legislation eg MH Act Experience of delivery of training
Desirable criteria
  • Supervision Training

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as an integral member of a team. Good communication and liaison skills. Well organised with good administration skills.
  • Empathy/engagement skills with the client group. Ability to cope with workload pressure/prioritise workload. Ability to work independently. Self awareness and emotional resilience.
Desirable criteria
  • Clinical supervision of clinical psychology trainees.

Other Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Empathy for individuals who have experienced mental health problems and ability to cope with behaviour which may be challenging at times.

We are proud to be fostering a diverse workforce that reflects our communities.  A key commitment to this is improving staff representation from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, those from the LGBTQ+ communities, people with ‘lived-experience’ of mental health conditions and people living with disabilities,– we are a ‘Disability Confident Employer’ offering a guaranteed interview to Disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

We encourage applications from people who wish to work on a flexible basis, recognising that flexibility may mean a range of different working patterns and hours, we do our utmost to work with our staff to meet their needs and the needs of our service users.

Please apply to join us, we would love to hear from you. Any personal details you supply to us are kept safe in line with the General Data Protection Regulations. 

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date and we will let you know if we are offering you an interview by email via our recruitment system ‘TRAC’. We contact all applicants within 4 weeks after the closing date, so please check your emails regularly once you have submitted your application; you are welcome to contact us, via the TRAC system, if you have any queries about your application.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

Noreen Mughal
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