Psychological Therapist

University of Bristol - Students' Health Service

A new role has been created within the Student Health Emotion Regulation Pathway (SHERPA) at the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service. The pathway is an innovative project to provide specialist psychological input for students with ongoing risk issues and difficulties with emotional regulation in a primary care setting.

The role will involve working closely alongside two clinical psychologists to deliver psychological assessment, formulation and evidence based treatment to students with complex mental health issues. The majority of the referred students have issues such as self-harm, suicide risk, diagnoses of personality disorder or similar levels of complexity. SHERPA personnel are also involved in providing psychologically informed consultation, support and training to various staff members in the Students’ Health Service. The post holder will also contribute to routine clinical data collection, analysis and the ongoing evaluation of the service to ensure its effectiveness. It will involve being part of a close and friendly primary care practice clinical team of GPs, prescribing nurses, pharmacist and practice nurses at an award winning university health service.

This role is comparable to a Band 7 Clinical Psychology post within the NHS, so experience with Adult Community Mental Health teams, CAMHS or other specialist services is essential. Supervision will be provided by the lead clinical psychologist, with weekly time allocated for non-clinical duties. The post holder will be expected to work autonomously in their individual clinical duties, but will work closely with the existing psychology team in delivering therapeutic groups, contributing to meetings and engaging in liaison work both within the service and with external bodies.

The role would be particularly suitable for a practitioner psychologist who has experience in delivering a range of clinical interventions in multiple settings, and has complementary research and dissemination skills. For this role, prior experience of service development and innovative practice would be an advantage.

Applicants should be enthusiastic about working with young people, work well in a multidisciplinary environment and be confident to work with risk issues. They should be able to demonstrate skill with formulation and have proficiency using relevant therapeutic approaches (i.e. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Schema Focussed Therapy, Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy). They will also have experience of conducting audits, service evaluations and statistical analysis. Experience working with challenging and complex mental health presentations is essential. The post holder will have HCPC registration and/or equivalent full registration with their professional governing body.

Interviews anticipated on Friday October 13 2017

For further information regarding the advertised role, or the service, please contact Dr Ian Barkataki at or (Tel): 0117 330 2577

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