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Psychological Therapist Full Time

at Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust London in London (Published at 21-02-2021)

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.
At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care - seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.
Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams. We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we?d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require


Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.


It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV?s alone will not be accepted.

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Job overview

Central Suffolk is seeking a highly motivated and committed psychological therapist to join the psychological therapies team providing services to a secondary mental health team for adults aged 25 plus. The team has a strong multi-disciplinary approach supporting individuals in their recovery. We are seeking to recruit someone with a strong background in mental health as demonstrated by a health and social care core professional background, with postgraduate training and registration as a psychological therapist (either CBT, CAT, IPT or equivalent). We have robust and supportive clinical supervision structures in place as well as a strong psychological therapies network within East Suffolk.

Main duties of the job

To provide individual psychological assessment, formulation and therapy to those with complex care needs. To contribute to the groups and webinars provided by the team to promote increased access to psychological interventions.

The post holder will also work closely with the MDT supporting compassionate psychological thinking and consultation. Where appropriate to offer clinical supervision as directed.

Working for our organisation

Benefits included with this role are:-

  • NHS pension

  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes

  • career progression

  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)

  • staff physio service

  • NHS discounts and many more.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • Provide a professional assessment and treatment service to clients referred

  • Accountable, under supervision, for own clinical actions as a provider of a specialist

  • psychological intervention

  • Respond to referrals in a timely, professional manner

  • Maintain timely, accurate and evidence-based records of treatments and interventions in accordance with Trust and professional standards

  • Maintain and develop collaborative and evidence based psychological treatment programmes.

  • Apply a high level of communication skills, recognising and reflecting the need for different styles and methods of communication to meeting therapeutic needs

  • Maintain good communication links with colleagues to ensure optimum care of clients

  • Maintain an awareness of resources available to enhance opportunities for clients in maintaining positive mental health

  • Offer advice, support and psychoeducation to clients, their carers and if appropriate our partner agencies, ensuring the conditions of the confidentiality sharing agreements are met

  • Attend and contribute to the regular multidisciplinary team meetings

  • Take part and contribute to the regular training sessions

  • Provide referrers and other professionals with written summaries of assessment formulation and treatment outcomes

  • Undertake surveys and audits.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Membership of professional body

Desirable criteria

  • Additional training in psychotherapies


Essential criteria

  • Experience of working with clients with mental health problems

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).


FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures ? these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Applicant requirements

  • You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

  • This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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