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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 14/10/2021.

Band 8b Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Job Reference: 313-A-21-104190-SB

Leicestershire Partnership Trust

Can you demonstrate our values of Trust, Respect, Integrity and Compassion? Do you share in our ambition to create high quality, compassionate care and wellbeing for all?

Then take a step towards LPT...

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of community health, mental health and learning disability services for people of all ages. Delivered through over 100 settings from inpatient wards to out in the community, our 6,500 staff serves over 1m people living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Psychologist/Psychotherapist- Intensive Community Support Team

Band 8B Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service- (37.5 Hours)


Leicester Partnership Trust is now a large provider of Community Health, Mental Health and Learning Disability services, serving a population of approximately 1 million people across Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland.


We are excited to be advertising for a fulltime senior psychologist/psychotherapist for a new service offer of an Intensive Community Support Team (ICST). The ICST is an exciting new service development, made possible by recent significant investment by the East Midlands CAMHS Provider Collaborative, which will enhance our risk support offer to young people, via the provision of an outreach and intensive intervention team to support the CYP with the most complex needs.

The service will provide an enhanced “Tier 3.5” service, operating at the interface of the Crisis resolution and home treatment team and inpatient admission, with an integrated pathway of care. The team will prioritise CYP presenting with repeating patterns of crisis presentation and associated high risk behaviour. This service is particularly aimed at meeting the needs of the cohort of young people with complex needs, emotional dysregulation and associated high risk behaviour, for whom an inpatient admission may potentially cause longer term detriment by inadvertently increasing the risk profile.


The enhanced model of care will consist of the provision of a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy package of care supported by regular contact in the home/community setting to provide holistic wrap-around support. The team will support young people and the network, including social care and education, working alongside existing services to develop a holistic and integrated personalised plan of care using trauma informed approaches.


This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and skilled registered psychologist/psychotherapist with extensive knowledge, skills and expertise in supporting young people with complex needs. The successful candidate must be a registered mental health professional and have achieved at least MSC level qualification in a core psychological profession. The successful candidate must possess excellent leadership skills and have experience in clinical leadership, service development and quality improvement. This role will have a significant service development component so an ability to work with others across the system, develop positive working relationships, problem solve and support a newly developing team is essential as is skills in research and service evaluation. As the most senior clinician within the team, this role will include pathway development and ensuring a high quality clinical service is delivered. Full training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy will be provided, but previous experience of working in this way and any additional formal training is highly desirable. Formal leadership training is also highly desirable.


The post holder will be joining a large supportive service and will be working alongside other senior clinical leaders to establish, develop and evaluate the work of the team. Good levels of supervision and an appraisal programme is provided to help achieve further relevant targets. Some out of hours working will be required as per the needs of the service.


We are a large multi-disciplinary service of over 180 professional staff. Our CAMHS service is comprehensive and in addition to the City and County Outpatient teams has specialist teams for inpatient adolescent services, Crisis resolution and home treatment team, learning disabilities, primary mental health services, children and young people with eating disorders, looked after and adopted children, young offenders and homeless children and paediatric psychology.


We have a history of expansion and further career opportunities may become available for post-holders who are able to show enthusiasm, innovation and initiative.

Enquiries should be made to Dr Jeanette Bowlay-Williams, Head of Clinical Psychology/Clinical Director or Ian Harratt, Service Group Manager, on (0116) 295 2998.

We are committed to providing the best care that we can to our patients. Some roles involve a Maths and English assessment. Where this is so, details will be shared with you in the recruitment process.

Details of our benefits, leadership behaviours and other important information about applying and working for us are contained in the documents linked to our advert.

It is a statutory requirement for roles that involve work in care homes that staff are up to date with their Covid vaccination status to be able to work in that environment, unless the person has a valid medical exemption. Where a role requires this, they will need to demonstrate that they meet this requirement during the recruitment process.

For areas where our teams work to staffing rosters, these are set in advance at a team level and you will join an established roster. Your rostered shifts will be confirmed to you when arranging your start date.

We will consider requests to work alternative hours or vary working patterns in line with our flexible working policy.

To make the most of your application, we may consider appointable applicants for similar vacancies in different locations where this is appropriate and meets our mutual requirements.

For all substantive roles the appointment of new staff (excluding medical staff) is subject to a 6 month probationary period (see Probation Policy).

We aim to develop a workforce that reflects our community. We actively implement equal opportunities in employment and service delivery and seek people who share our commitment. We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from underrepresented groups.

All jobs will require permission to work in the UK.

For all jobs the cost of any DBS disclosure required will be met by the individual. This will be deducted from salary once started.

Applicants ‘at risk’ within the local NHS who meet essential criteria will have preference for interview over other candidates who apply for posts.

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.

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