Principal Clinical Psychologist / Principal Psychological Therapist, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Principal Clinical Psychologist / Principal Psychological Therapist – CNTW CAT Service

Details and applications here:

This is an exciting opportunity for a highly experienced CAT Practitioner and Supervisor to join our specialist Cognitive Analytic Therapy service in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The CAT Service is a specialist therapy, training, supervision and consultation service based alongside CBT, Psychotherapy and Family Therapy in the trust’s Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies (CSPT). The service provides the Trust’s Newcastle CAT Practitioner Training, and is the hub for CAT’s strategic development, supervision, training and research across the Northumberland, Tyne and Wear locality. The CAT service is well respected locally and nationally, and has scope for development over the coming years as CAT’s reputation and evidence base grows.

This post is a permanent Principal Clinical Psychologist / Psychological Therapist position which has become vacant due to retirement.

The key elements of the role will be

  • providing specialist CAT clinical interventions with adult service users with complex mental health needs;
  • involvement with CAT training at multiple levels including Deputy Course Director role on the Newcastle CAT Practitioner Training
  • clinical co-ordinator role (leading on waiting list management, processing of referrals and other service clinical matters, in collaboration with CSPT colleagues)
  • leading on appropriate service work streams
  • delivering specialist CAT supervision and consultation
  • as appropriate, supporting and deputising for the CAT Clinical Lead with service lead and course director functions

The post holder will be a suitably qualified psychologist or specialist psychological therapist with Practitioner and Supervisor training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. The post holder will have appropriate professional and ACAT registration as a practitioner and supervisor and the following are also essential to the post:

  • Specialist knowledge, skills and experience of assessment, reformulation and intervention using CAT with adults with mental health difficulties
  • Highly developed skills and competencies in using cognitive analytic interventions for people with complex presentations including complex trauma / personality difficulties
  • Specialist knowledge, skills and experience of assessment and management of risk in relation to people with complex psychological presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability and highly developed specialist teaching, training, consultancy, supervision and leadership skills.
  • The knowledge and ability to work at a systemic level in order to understand and address the psychological needs of the individual and the wider system.
  • The ability to understand the role and contribution of colleagues and collaborate effectively with colleagues from all disciplines within the Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies, the non-psychosis and other pathways and across agencies
  • The ability to contribute to service planning and development in Specialist Psychological Therapies and Community Pathways, as appropriate.

Training to CAT psychotherapist level (IRRAPT training) is also a desirable attribute for this role.

Applicants who are short-listed will be interviewed by a panel of senior members of staff from the CAT service, the Centre for Specialist Psychological Therapies and expert-by-experience colleagues.

Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place on Monday 14th February
Job details and applications:

For further information or an informal conversation, contact: Steve Jefferis, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for CAT,


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