Clinical Psychologist- Band 7

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
GBP 40,000 - 60,000
Job description
GRIP (Gloucestershire Recovery in Psychosis) is a county-wide Early Intervention in Psychosis team, that provides care to people experiencing their First Episode of Psychosis. The aim of the team is to work in line with the principles of Early Intervention to deliver specialist care that reflects the principles of recovery and social inclusion.

The team works intensively over a period of up to three years with clients, their families and the wider community to provide the best possible outcomes for people experiencing psychosis and to mitigate the long-term effects of serious mental illness. We are a dynamic, expanding multi-disciplinary team with a strong focus on patient-centred care and promoting hope.

We are pleased to be able to offer the opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join our team.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have post graduate training to doctoral level, and be able to demonstrate appropriate skills and experience in the area of assessment and treatment to provide the highest standard of evidence based interventions to people experiencing their first episode of psychosis and their families.

They will also be able to demonstrate appropriate levels of research and audit skills for this area of work and the ability to provide excellent supervision, consultancy and guidance to other members of the team in the area of psychological interventions.

The ideal candidate will show a keen interest in Early Intervention in Psychosis values - taking a flexible, compassionate and person-centred approach to working with people at a difficult stage in their lives, and promoting hope for the patient and their family.

For further information or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Jess Partridge (Team Manager) on 0300 421 4884 or by emailing

About us

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

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

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral level of training in clinical psychology, as accredited by the professional body.
  • Eligible for chartered status
  • HCPC registered


  • Membership of specialist interest groups relevant to client group

Length and/or nature of experience


  • Experience of maintaining working relationships and a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical aggression.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues, both within and outside of the NHS
  • Evidence of maintaining effective communication when there are barriers to understanding and in circumstances where hostility, manipulation, conflict and antagonism are present.
  • Proficient in the manipulation of complex psychological test equipment for the use in formal testing situations


  • Is in the process of acquiring clinical experience of an increasingly specialist nature
  • Some prior experience of supervising and teaching
  • Ability to adapt style and/or assessment and intervention strategies to meet the challenges of complex clients/situations. Experience of working with both young people and adult service users and their families.
  • Experience of providing family work in psychosis interventions
  • Prior experience of working within the early intervention setting
  • Experience of assessing and proving psychological interventions with service users with presenting with a range of difficulties and a range of severities, across a range of setting including community, inpatient and residential based settings.

Professional / Managerial / Specialist knowledge


  • Highly developed knowledge of life span and developmental psychology, models for psychological, psychometrics, up to date practice with client group, and two more psychological therapies.
  • Experience of working with individuals with psychotic presentations and applying evidence based interventions with this client group.
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design, and complex multi variate data analysis consistent with chartered psychologist status and as practiced within the chartered psychologist professions.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for clinical practice for the delivery of EI services for individuals and their families


  • Experience of multi agency and multi disciplinary working.
  • Some prior experience of contributing to service development and thinking strategically about the service requirements.

Personal skills, abilities and attributes


  • Emotional robustness to frequently work with the intense distress of others
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Able to exercise professional autonomy and clinical responsibility in the multi-disciplinary environment and as a lone worker.


  • Competence in breakaway techniques (and resistant as necessary) established and maintained via Trust training.

Other requirements


  • Keyboard skills and ability to word-processing, spread sheets and statistical analysis software
  • Ability to get to required locations in timely and efficient manner
  • Commitment to develop knowledge and practice towards more highly specialist levels through a variety of appropriate methods. (short courses, reading, clinical supervision of practice, on the job learning etc.)
  • Ability to travel independently around the country

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust



Rikenel, The Park



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