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Senior Therapist
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Employer type
Dragon Square
£50,952 - £57,349 pro rata, per annum
Salary period
04/06/2023 23:59

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North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Senior Therapist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Job overview

Outstanding … Our journey continues

Would you like the opportunity to use your CBT Therapist and Leadership skills with an Outstanding Trust … one of only two Specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated as Outstanding by the CQC?

We are seeking a Band 8A Senior Therapist to take up this much valued therapy leadership post supporting the warm and welcoming North Staffordshire Community CAMHS Team based at Dragon Square in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. A mix of remote and office- based working is available.

Main duties of the job

This is a new and innovative role bringing with it a fantastic opportunity to be part of a developing, multi-disciplinary adult community mental health service and providing clinical leadership to therapists and multi-disciplinary staff and nurturing the psychological mindedness of the team.  

The post includes working alongside a range of psychological professionals including Psychologists, CBT Therapists and Mental Health Wellbeing Practitioners across the service to implement exciting new developments in accordance with the Community Transformation Programme within a service that has a strong culture of positive change for the improvement of service-users’ experience. We are keen to support you in developing your full potential and provide the opportunity to receive excellent supervision and CPD and professional leadership support. For the right candidate we are willing to offer support to develop your skills clinically, or as a leader. 

You will be working a varied case load, working with service users and their families with difficulties ranging across, for example, complex trauma, complex emotional and relational needs, depression, psychosis and challenging behaviour, in line with the post holders experience and competencies. You will have opportunities to provide individual and group psychological intervention. 

Working for our organisation

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 and provides mental health and learning disability care to people predominantly living in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in North Staffordshire. The Trust is one of the main providers of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands.

We currently work from both hospital and community-based premises, operating from approximately 30 sites to approximately 464,000 people of all ages and diverse backgrounds in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire. Our main site is Harplands Hospital, which opened in 2001 and provides the setting for most of our inpatient units.

We provide services to people with a wide range of mental health and learning disability needs. Sometimes our service users need to spend time in hospital, but much more often we are able to provide care in community settings and in people’s own homes.

We also provide specialist mental health services such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), substance misuse services and psychological therapies, plus a range of clinical and non-clinical services to support University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Communicates effectively with all professionals involved in the client’s care including all members of the multi-disciplinary team, general practitioners, Social Services, education providers, voluntary agencies, user/carer groups etc., to maximise the quality of service delivered to clients and their families and carers.

Analyses highly complex client information, derived from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with the client, family members and others involved in the client’s care.

Adjusts and refines psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

Evaluates and makes decisions about treatment options, taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Professional training which supports the ability to provide high intensity clinical interventions, particularly CBT e.g. Clinical Psychology training


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working with young people and their families, across the presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrates an understanding of mental health service and how it links to governmental objectives

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Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingCommitted to being an Inclusive EmployerVeteran AwareFoster Friendly

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Beth Griffiths
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