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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/12/2021.

Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 348-MNH-593F

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
iTalk General
£47,126 to £53,219 pa

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities

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Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

italk is an exciting, transformative and expanding psychological therapies service within which to work. We are a strong partnership service; comprised of a collaboration between Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and Solent Mind charity. We strive to deliver a high quality, evidence-based, patient-centred therapy service, to the population of Hampshire.


Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust (SHFT) has a strong track record of delivering high quality services and leading change to serve local people better. The Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are working in collaboration with SHFT and Solent Mind to deliver the italk Health Long Term Conditions service across various locations within Hampshire. We aim to deliver integrated care across physical and mental health care, which puts the patient at the centre.


Job Overview


As part of the development of the italk Health pathway we are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical / Counselling Psychologist with interest and experience in Physical Health. The post would be suitable for an Applied Psychologist with relevant experience and accreditation, or an experienced CBT therapist with LTC and MDT experience. We also welcome applications from driven Clinical Psychologists who would like to consider a Band 7-8a preceptorship agreement. The post is based across Hampshire with opportunities for remote working and flexible working opportunities. It is advertised as a full time position, and job share opportunities are welcome.


This is an exciting and varied role. As a senior member of the team you will provide evidence based treatment to people referred to the service, offer MDT support and training to Physical Health Care staff, and be involved in the development of the italk Health pathway. The post offers an opportunity for innovation, integration and clinical working across different physical health settings and service development alongside the Senior Management Team. The post holder will be embedded within a supportive team, comprised of Clinical Psychologists, CBT therapists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners and Assistant Psychological Therapists, to deliver evidence-based interventions as part of the italk Health Long Term Conditions pathway.


You will receive excellent support in this role, including skills development and regular supervision. You will be joining a friendly and dynamic team. We are committed to recruiting not only people with the right skills, but also the right values to support effective learning, team working and excellent patient care and experience. As a supervisor, you will be expected to show clinical leadership though the supervision of junior colleagues on a regular basis.


Applicants should be familiar with the values of the NHS Constitution, and the visions of Southern Health; to improve patient and carer experience, to improve outcomes for patients and their families, and finally, reducing our costs to ensure that we operate in the most efficient manner possible.



Service Information


italk delivers a stepped care IAPT model, and is comprised of 3 ‘strands

  1. italk core, delivers evidence based psychological therapeutic interventions for our local population in Hampshire.
  2. italk health, italk work in collaboration with local health services including community respiratory, musculoskeletal, perinatal and diabetes teams.
  3. italk@work, offers a range of services to enable organisations and industries to support the emotional wellbeing of their employees.


We are dedicated to delivering superb quality, evidence-based assessment and interventions with the patient always at the heart of our offer. The range of psychologically focused therapies we deliver include:


Step 2: Guided self-help, Psycho-education groups, computerised CBT.


Step 3: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Comprehend, Cope and Connect (CCC), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Counselling for Depression (CfD) and Couples Therapy.


italk are split into 3 clusters; Mid and North Hampshire (Andover, Winchester, Basingstoke and Alton), East Hampshire (Gosport, Fareham, Havant, Waterlooville, Bordon and Petersfield), West Hampshire (Eastleigh, Romsey and the New Forest) with a centralised hub for each area.

For this role you would be considered a ‘mobile worker’ as we operate where our patients need us; this may be at one of our ‘hubs’, in local community venues or medical sites. You would be nominated a ‘base’ from which to claim travel and where you would most likely be based for computer based work. Some travel will be required, and there are opportunities for remote working within this role using digital platforms.


If you would like to find out more about the post please contact:

Dr Shalini Raman, Clinical Lead Service Manager:

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment.

Frontline Healthcare workers (who have face-to-face contact with service users) in England will be required to ensure they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, from 1 April 2022 . To work as a frontline healthcare worker from 1 April 2022 it will be a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated. This requirement will also apply to those in ancillary support roles such as porters or receptionists who may have social contact with patients but are not directly involved in their care.

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*Exemptions include aged under 18, medically exempt, part of a clinical trial for C19 vaccine

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