Clinical Psychologist (Band 8a)

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Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
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Bridgwater CMHS
£50,952 - £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
18/06/2023 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

Are you interested joining our Community Mental Health Team, bringing your experience and creativity to a clinical or counselling-based Psychologist role?  We have a band 8a Psychologist role available within our friendly, supportive team.

As an HCPC registered psychologist you will work within the community mental health pathways, providing psychological assessment, formulation, and therapy to adult and older adult patients with complex co-morbid physical and mental and emotional health problems.

You would lead and/or contribute to service development and evaluation. Liaising with a wide range of partners is central to the role..

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This full-time post (37.5 hours), 9am-5pm is based in Bridgwater, Somerset.  We would consider consolidated hours/hybrid working for the right candidates.

Main duties of the job

  • Be responsible for providing highly specialised psychological assessment and treatment with clients.
  • Be able to carry a clinical caseload, and to offer direct clinical interventions to service users, including evidence-based therapy where appropriate, and/or flexible, innovative interventions to enable, empower and engage with service users at different stages of the change cycle.
  • Be able to think creatively, embrace co-production and work with colleagues to help us offer a wide-ranging, flexible and positive response to people seeking support for their mental health. 
  • You would be joining a highly skilled team who are trained in a variety of psychological approaches including CAT, CBT, EMDR, DBT, Art Therapy and Systemic family therapy. These approaches aim to identify, promote, and discover an individual’s strengths, and resilience to enable them to ‘thrive not just survive’.

    We will support you to develop as a clinician and as a clinical leader, through management and clinical supervision, having access to training and development opportunities within and outside the Trust. This is a great opportunity to join a well-established network of psychological therapists and psychologists integrated with wider community mental health services.


Working for our organisation

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust is a trailblazer for the Community Mental Health Framework and as such we are dismantling the traditional barriers to accessing care. We have greatly expanded our mental health staffing in the organisation to enable people to access the right interventions, at the right time and in the right place.  Part of the psychological workforce development has been training a cohort of Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAP) - the second Trust nationally to do this. 

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts. 

You would be joining a trust who have recently won the Health Service Journal Award for Mental Health Trust of the Year in 2021. 

You would be joining a team who occasionally like to socialise; we go out for meals, enjoy team nights out and get-togethers if that’s your thing!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan – there is truly something for everyone!

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You would be responsible for providing psychological clinical leadership and specialist interventions regarding the care of service users with complex, severe and enduring mental health difficulties within the community mental health setting, to ensure that the care provided is effective, well led, responsive and compassionate.

Please see full job description attached for more details.

You can apply for this post online using ‘Trac’, our recruitment management website.  Please contact us if you have any questions or queries about the role or the team, we would be happy to talk it through.  If you would like to visit us informally to get a feel for the team, we would welcome the opportunity to show you around.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral Clinical / Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Desirable criteria
  • Relevant specialist CPD qualification or post-qualification training in psychological therapy
  • Management training/ qualification
  • Clinical supervision training


Essential criteria
  • Significant specialist post qualification experience in the field of severe mental illness.
  • Experience of work across service settings and agencies.
  • Clinical and audit work within specialist area.
  • Teaching/training with range of staff and other professions.
  • Supervision experience with all grades of staff.
  • Working with clients presenting risk to self and/or others.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience managing Services

Skills and Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Highly developed In-depth knowledge of specialist therapeutic interventions with the client group, including at least two subspecialty areas, underpinned by comprehensive theoretical knowledge.
  • Advanced assessment and formulation skills.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice and professional management, including complex child protection issues.
  • Change and project management techniques
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding of Health Services Management and Policy

As a trust we fully support applications irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or other personal circumstances and have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all applicants are treated fairly and consistently at every stage of the recruitment process; including the consideration of reasonable adjustments for people who have a disability.

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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

Helen Surridge
Job title
Operational Service Manager
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Tanith Oxley, Principal Clinical Psychologist 

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