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
24/09/2023 23:59

Job overview

Are you interested 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 Community Mental Health 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..

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 and there is free on-site parking!

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. 

Main duties of the job

  • You'll 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.

You will also 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!

Working for our organisation

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust was awarded the Health Service Journal Award for Mental Health Trust of the Year in 2021. 

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we’re able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone’s throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London – there is truly something for everyone!.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:

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.

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

Equity, diversity, and inclusion is a priority for us. As a trust we welcome and encourage applications irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity and gender expression, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or personal circumstances. We do our best to ensure our recruitment process is accessible and inclusive. If you have a disability and require an adjustment at any point during the recruitment process, please let us know.

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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.

Documents to download

Further details / informal visits contact

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

Tanith Oxley, Principal Clinical Psychologist 

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.

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