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Chartered Clinical Psychologist – Band 8b

Job Reference: 327-19-018

2gether NHS Foundation Trust
Pullman Place
£49,242 to £59,964 per annum pro rata

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2gether NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

In September 2017, we announced that our Trust (2gether) and Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust were planning to join together. From October 2019, we hope to be one organisation providing integrated community mental health, physical health and learning disabilities services. The new Trust will be called Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

We are already working closely together but the benefits we really want for our communities can best be achieved if we become a single trust, delivering outstanding integrated physical and mental health care.

The aim of the proposed merger is to improve our services and ensure we are providing the most appropriate and seamless information, support and treatment for people with mental health issues, physical health problems or learning disabilities. It will mean we can help people as a ‘whole person’, not just separate conditions or symptoms. As healthcare professionals in the new Trust, you will be able to ensure better outcomes for service users which we know is really important to all clinical, medical and support professionals alike. For colleagues, it will also provide more opportunity to develop and realise your potential.

While our overall name will become Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, services in Herefordshire will be given their own, separate, name, which will be Herefordshire Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The details of the merger will be finalised early September and the Trusts hope to be one organisation from 1st October 2019.

Both Trusts are high performing with ‘good’ CQC ratings and strong financial foundations.

2gether NHS Foundation Trust is pleased to offer this exciting opportunity. We are looking for an experienced psychologist who is enthusiastic and confident in providing clinical leadership and in delivering an applied psychology approach in secondary mental health care.

2gether provides high quality, specialist mental health and learning disability services to the people of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Our community services are supported by our inpatient units which provide high quality assessment, treatment and care. Our recent CQC inspection rated our services as good overall.

Our Commissioners have recognised the positive impact Psychologists can have on creating and supporting a psychologically informed environment. The Complex Psychological Interventions (CPI) service is embedded within Recovery teams across different localities within Gloucestershire. The service aims to provide high quality, direct psychological interventions to people with complex mental health problems and to support the Recovery teams to provide psychologically informed care.

This post is based with the West Locality Recovery Teams, covering Gloucester and the Forest of Dean. The post holder will provide clinical expertise and leadership in collaboration with the Team Manager, for a team of Psychologists, Therapists and trainees. The role includes service development, delivery of highly specialised psychological interventions, training and supervision.

The post holder will:

  • Deliver, develop and support an applied psychology model of care, including both direct and indirect work in the West locality Recovery teams
  • Support the West locality CPI team to deliver the stepped care program
  • Offer psychological consultation/ training / reflective practice to support MDT clinicians to apply psychological thinking within their clinical practice;
  • Work with Service managers / Clinical Leads to develop psychologically informed services.
  • Develop and support Quality Improvement initiatives.

The West CPI team offers a stepped care model of care, providing:

  • Brief interventions/formulations to inform care
  • A varied group programme
  • Specialist and evidence based psychological therapies

Psychological formulation is embedded in the Recovery Team approach and supported by a county wide in-service training provided by CPI through the central training department.

We are committed to principles of reflective practice and have an established culture of reflective practice within Recovery. We maintain a wide range of therapy groups (including Compassion Focussed Therapy; Hearing Voices; Living with Bi-polar; Emotional Skills and Art Psychotherapy).The group programme constantly evolves and develops with a primary goal of responding to the needs of our Recovery team service users.

In addition, we provide a broad range of specialist and evidence based psychological therapies. We draw upon and value a range of psychological models, including CFT, ACT, short-term dynamic psychotherapy and DBT. Model specific supervision is available across the Trust.

The successful candidate will join a friendly, supportive and highly skilled service, which actively seeks creative ways to deliver high quality care in the community. The West locality CPI team comprises 8 clinicians (Clinical and Counselling Psychologists; Art Psychotherapists and Senior Nurse Practitioner).

We have a positive and active relationship with psychological services in other care groups in the locality and with Recovery CPI teams across the Trust. There are opportunities to meet to consider service innovation and joint working initiatives.

The successful candidate will be HCPC registered and committed to working alongside service users with complex presentations, their families and carers, within a multi-disciplinary team context.

The Trust has close links with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at Bath University and support a number of training placements for clinical psychology and arts psychotherapy trainees.

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

The 2gether 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.

For more information please contact:

  • Andrew Telford, Community Services Manager – West Locality, on 01452 894825 or email
  • Gill Yardley, Lead Psychologist for WAA services Gloucestershire, Tel: 01285 686000 or email

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 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, as a Data Controller, will process and store your data please read the attached document ‘2gether NHS Foundation Trust 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 him/her 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. The Trust reserves the right to close this vacancy when sufficient applications have been received.

Applicants should note that all appointments to 2gether NHS Foundation Trust (excluding Medical Staffing appointments) are subject to the completion of a satisfactory 6 month probation period.

Please be aware that all employees of the Trust who need to have a DBS check in order to carry out their role, will be required to repay the cost, which is currently £50 for an enhanced check or £32 for a standard check.

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.

As part of the Trust requirement to practice safely all internal applicants, including bank staff, are required to be up to date with statutory and mandatory training, or have booked dates for expired training.

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.

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.

The Trust is a signatory to the Mindful Employer Charter

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. 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, must 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) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

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

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