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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/07/2021.

Clinical / Counselling / Applied Psychologist - Band 7/8a

Job Reference: 327-21-435

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Pullman Place
B7 £38,890 - £44,503 B8a £45,753 - £51,668 PA

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Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust was formed in October 2019, following the merger of 2gether NHS Foundation Trust and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust. The two Trusts joined together to provide integrated mental health, physical health and learning disability services to communities.

The Trust is pleased to offer these permanent Applied Psychology posts within our Working Age Adult services. The posts are established at Band 8a for candidates with appropriate experience and expertise. We would welcome interest from newly qualified or less experienced candidates as we have the flexibility to appoint as a preceptorship (Band 7). It is anticipated the preceptorship will develop into the full role subject to meeting agreed performance markers (JD and responsibilities adjusted accordingly). We are looking for talented psychologists who are committed, enthusiastic and confident in delivering an applied psychology approach in secondary mental health care.

Service Delivery:

The post-holders will join innovative and resourceful Complex Psychological Interventions (CPI) teams, which are embedded in the multi-disciplinary, community mental health Recovery services in Gloucester.

The successful candidates will bring a strong interest in working with adults with complex/severe mental health issues and their families, and will be committed to the principles of person-centered and psychologically informed service delivery. The postholders will have excellent professional and clinical skills directly relevant to the specialism, and experience of work within the NHS.

The role requires the delivery of an applied psychology model of working, that promotes and supports effective psychological outcomes through direct and indirect models of working. This includes:

  • Specialist therapeutic work, both individual and group, with people who experience complex/severe mental health issues, their families and carers.
  • Indirect work including consultancy, teaching, reflective practice and supervision of colleagues.

Psychological Services:

The CPI teams consist of a number of clinical psychologists, CBT/DBT nurse therapists and arts psychotherapists. A broad range of psychological models are drawn upon and valued; model specific supervision is available across the Trust (eg CBT, EMDR, DBT, Systemic).

We have close links with the Clinical Psychology training course at Bath University and support a number of training placements for clinical psychology and arts psychotherapy trainees.

We have a positive and active relationship with psychological services in other care groups / specialist services and there are opportunities to consider service innovation and joint working initiatives. There are meetings of Psychological professionals across teams to consider professional issues, service development, research and training projects.

For the B7 JD&PS, please use the Job Description link on the right-hand side (Salary £38,890 to £44,503 per annum)

For the B8a JD&PS, please use the ‘Additional vacancy specific document’ link (Salary £45,753 to £51,668 per annum)

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from Ethnic minorities, LGBTQ and disabled candidates.

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Closing date: 26th July 2021

Shortlisting date: 27th July 2021

For further information or an informal discussion about the posts please contact:

  • Kate Parkhurst, (Operational manager)
  • Dr Hannah Steer (Clinical Psychologist and Lead) / 01452 895050

The Trust aims to recruit and retain the best possible staff who, through the application of their skills, qualification and experience, will make a positive contribution to our business of providing quality health care services. It is the Trust’s view that the costs associated with moving house in order to take up a post with us should not restrict our ability to recruit the excellent people we need, therefore we support staff to relocate with our relocation policy.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all statutory and mandatory training and post holders must be able to undertake physical interventions. Fitness for physical intervention will be assessed by Occupational Health.

A valid UK driving licence plus the use of own transport for business purposes is essential. For qualifying staff the Trust has a Lease Car Scheme in place and also offers a popular Salary Sacrifice Car Scheme with our partner Tusker.

To ensure you fully understand how the Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘Applicant and Staff Privacy Notice’ prior to applying for the role.

Candidates for any staff appointment shall, when making application, disclose in writing to the Trust whether they are related to any governor. Failure to disclose such a relationship may disqualify a candidate and, if appointed, may render them liable to dismissal.

Applicants who have been shortlisted will be contacted via NHS Jobs. Please check your account regularly. If you do not hear from us within 3 weeks of the closing date you have probably not been shortlisted. We are sorry that on some occasions we are unable to let you know the outcome of your application personally. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Please note that all candidates who declare themselves on their application form to be disabled and who meet the essential criteria for the post will be shortlisted in accordance with the Trust’s Two Ticks Pledge on disability.

Applicants should note that all appointments to GHCNHSFT are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.(excluding Medical Staffing appointments).

Successful candidates are expected to self-fund either an enhanced or standard or basic DBS check, and sign up to the DBS update service if required for the role.

Please note that if you are successful in your application and you have previously worked for an NHS Trust, GHCNHSFT will request confirmation of your previous NHS service from your last NHS employer via the inter authority transfer system to verify service, pension, sick pay entitlement and pay grade. Your permission will be sought at application and /or later in the process.

Flexible working arrangements will be considered. Any request will be set against genuine operational requirements and limitations and it is not obligatory for a manager to accede to the request.

For positions Band 8a and above there is a requirement to participate in an on-call rota to ensure a high quality of care for patients at all times and continued support to all staff with access to the right knowledge and expertise. For further information on this please consult the job description.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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