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Clinical Psychologist

Job Description

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) is a significant provider of high quality mental health services across a core catchment area covering Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire. The Trust also provides specialist services for a wider catchment extending throughout the south west.

Our aim is to enable and empower people to reach their potential and to live fulfilling lives through providing recovery and reablement focused services that yield positive outcomes for our service users and their carers.

Specifically, The Trust provides services for people with mental health needs, with needs relating to drug or alcohol dependency and mental health services for people with learning disabilities. We also provide secure mental health services and work with the criminal justice system.

Increasingly AWP provides treatment and care in people's own homes and other community settings, reflecting the preferences of our service users. Our community services are supported by high quality inpatient services that provide short term assessment, treatment and care.

The Pathfinder Service is an experienced multidisciplinary team working with people with a diagnosis of personality disorder and high risk of harm to others, based at Petherton Resource Centre, Hengrove, Bristol. It is a tertiary level service within the Specialised Local Delivery Unit of AWP NHS Trust which offers assessment and treatment to service users, and supervision, consultation and training to staff. The Pathfinder Service comprises four sub-teams (Core, Assertive Case Management, Offender Personality Disorder Pathway and Nexus Personality Disorder Service at HMP Eastwood Park) which operate on a largely independent basis but with a central management structure, shared principles and ethos, staff members working across more than one team and information sharing and co-working of cases as appropriate.

A vacancy has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist to work within the Pathfinder Service. The role entails providing specialist psychological assessments and interventions to service users as appropriate to the service. There is significant emphasis on consultation and pathway planning advice for other agencies, including the National Probation Service, and other staff working with these service users, some of whom are in secure hospital placements outside of the AWP Trust boundary. The role also involves providing clinical supervision to other registered psychologists, trainee and assistant psychologists, and other professionals. The post-holder should have a relevant qualification, and experience of working with service users with personality disorder/complex needs. Experience of working within a forensic setting would be advantageous, although not essential.

The team is a well-established, supportive multi-disciplinary group with a wide a range of special interests, clinical models and approaches. There are good supervision and management structures.
A visit to the team is an essential part of the recruitment process.

For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr Julian Walker, Clinical Psychologist ( Email address removed )  ( Phone number removed ) 
Dr Ceri Jones on  ( Phone number removed )  ( Email address removed )

Closing Date

Adverts normally close for application a few minutes before midnight on the closing date, however, this vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are deemed to have been received. Interview expenses will not normally be paid.


All applicants who have been shortlisted for interview will be contacted via NHS Jobs so please check your NHS Jobs account regularly. If you have not been contacted within 4 weeks after the closing date please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.


In order to ensure an efficient recruitment process we only accept applications submitted via this website. Unless specifically indicated 'Offline' paper application forms or CVs will not be accepted.

Please read the job description and person specification carefully and when you complete your application form make sure that it reflects the knowledge, skills and experience as described in the person specification.

Applications from internal candidates at risk will be given priority for this vacancy followed by those from at risk NHS staff from Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Weston, Bath and NE Somerset, Salisbury, Swindon and Wiltshire. *Internal applicants should ensure that their application form clearly reflects that their current employer is AWP*

Any personal details supplied to AWP by you will be held on the Trust systems in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.

AWP is committed to Equality and Diversity - we welcome applications from all sections of the community. We are a Two Ticks employer offering a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

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.

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