Clinical or Counselling Psychologist
Huntlyburn House

Job reference: 053586

Location: Huntlyburn House

Job closing date: 10/06/2021

Job posted date: 13/05/2021

Salary: Band 8A (£50,470 - £54,482)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Other Therapeutic

Hours of work: up to 30 hours per week

Department: Psychology

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Borders


Care and Compassion -Quality and Teamwork -Dignity and Respect –Openness, Honesty and Responsibility

Band 8A, Clinical or Counselling Psychologist(s), Community Mental Health Team, total hours available 30 hours / 0.8wte, FTC for up to two years covering secondments

We are looking for motivated and innovative clinical or counselling psychologists to work across three Community Mental Health Teams in the Borders. We have up to a total of 30 hours a week available and are flexible about the number of hours candidates would like to work. Our adult mental health psychologists will continue to complete a proportion of their clinical work from home as lockdown eases. We therefore welcome applications from candidates who would work exclusively from home if you are unable to regularly commute to a base in the Borders.

Our CMHT psychologists provide specialist psychological interventions to adults with complex, severe and enduring mental health problems in group and individual settings. We regularly provide consultation, training and supervision to other staff. 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. We aim to provide a supportive working environment and our group of psychologists meet once a week and arrange other opportunities for peer support. We feel it has been important to look after our own-wellbeing in order to help us to deliver the best service we are able to our patients.

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, often car-sharing. 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, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 01896 827270 / 07747 757 268, email  or Dr Caroline Cochrane, Head of Psychology by emailing

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


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