Psychological Therapist in Acute Mental Health

Job Title: Psychological Therapist in Acute Mental Health
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Southampton
Salary: Band 8a £40,428 - £48,514 pa
Reference: 348-0217-MH052C
Contact Name: Dr Vivia Cowdrill
Contact Email:
Job Published: May 18, 2017 17:20

Job Description

Acute Mental Health Team, Southampton

Job Ref: 348-0217-MH052C 

Salary: Band 8a £40,428 - £48,514 pa

Hours: f/t 37.5 pw. Relocation allowance available on this post*

Services in the Acute Mental Team are expanding in Southampton. We have an exciting opportunity for a clinical psychologist or psychological therapist with enthusiasm and a commitment to working within the area of acute care to provide specialised psychological input to this service.

The successful postholder will be committed to working directly with people at times of crisis. You will take the lead in developing, organising and delivering aspects of the Southampton acute care psychology services. The role will also offer supervision, consultation and training to staff within the multi-disciplinary team.

The postholder should have experience of working with people with acute and severe mental health problems, where psychosis and severe interpersonal difficulties are the norm. We are looking for someone who has well developed interpersonal, clinical, research and service improvement skills and the resilience needed to thrive in a busy city-based NHS service. To increase access to psychological input to our service users, some evening and weekend working will also be required.

The role will be based at Antelope House and there will be opportunities to work across the whole acute care pathway in the Southampton area.

We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as strong links with Southampton University, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology and the MSc/Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems.

You will be professionally and line managed by the Acute Care Service Consultant Clinical Psychologist who is based at Antelope House.

You will also be part of the Southampton Psychological Therapies Service, comprising of clinical psychologists and specialists in psychological therapy with expertise in CBT, DBT, CAT and Psychodynamic approaches, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and research.

Hampshire offers an attractive mix of city and countryside lifestyles, from the idyllic town of Petersfield in the South Downs, to the historic and cosmopolitan waterfront city of Portsmouth, as well as Winchester - voted the Best Place to Live in the UK**.

For an informal discussion regarding the role please contact Dr Vivia Cowdrill on 023 8083 5559 or email:

If you are interested in this role please apply via quoting the job reference number.

*Subject to terms and conditions

** Halifax Quality of Life Study 2016