Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
NHS Borders Various Sites

Job reference: 104507

Location: NHS Borders Various Sites

Job closing date: 22/06/2022

Job posted date: 25/05/2022

Salary: Band 8A (£50,965 - £55,016)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Other Therapeutic

Hours of work: Various

Department: Psychological Services

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Borders

OUR VALUES IN ACTION Care and Compassion - Quality and Teamwork - Dignity and Respect - Openness, honesty and responsibility

NHS Borders is delighted to announce we have vacancies for Band 8a clinical or counselling psychologists. We have a number of days per week available within the services listed below. We are welcoming applications from candidates who want to work full time or part time. You will have the option to create a post that matches your interests and the number of days a week that you want to work. You will be able to choose to work in a combination of the services listed below. Given the number of days per week available in each service, we have the potential to employ a number of successful applicants:

Addictions     -           2 days available

Community Mental Health Teams – 7 days available

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – 4 days available

Please could you specify the services where you would like to work in your application.

All of our psychologists in adult mental health services have been able to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic whilst continuing to maintain their therapeutic caseloads. Given this new way of working, we would encourage applications from candidates who would prefer to work from home. We will also have options for remote working available to candidates who would like to work in addictions and CAMHS and are happy to discuss this in more detail.

The posts involve working across multidisciplinary teams to provide specialist psychological interventions to people in group and individual settings. Providing training, consultation and supervision to other staff will also be a requirement. We encourage psychologists to utilise doctoral-level research skills for audit, policy and service development and are keen to develop quality improvement projects across the region.

NHS Borders Psychology Services is a dynamic and supportive service that aims to offer delivery, training and supervision in psychological therapies to the NHS Borders, a rural population of 115 000 people. We are currently undergoing an exciting transformation process which aims to develop mental health services and psychological therapies in a range of intensities and contexts from primary care to inpatient and rehabilitation.

We are in easy reach of Edinburgh – with the majority of our staff based in the capital. The Tweedbank rail service from Edinburgh has made travel to Tweedbank (45 minutes from Edinburgh and a 20 minute walk to the Borders General Hospital) an attractive commute.

The Scottish Borders is a lovely area to live in, with excellent schools, abundant local amenities and easy access to Edinburgh and transport links.  There are superb leisure facilities and good quality affordable housing which provide ideal opportunities for a high quality of life in this scenic part of the country. 

This is an exciting time for the NHS Borders psychology service, and we are looking for enthusiastic professionals who can make a contribution to the service. In return we offer a supportive team, with good opportunities for growth and career development.

For further information, please contact Dr Tim Sporle, Lead for Adult Mental Health Psychology on 07747 757 268, email, Dr Andy Gentil, Lead for CAMHS Psychology on 07929751142, email , or Dr Greig Coull, Lead for Addictions Psychology on 01896 664436, email

***PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept late applications so please ensure your application is submitted early***


The closing date for this job has now passed.