Psychological Support Adviser

Permanent, Full Time 37 hours per week

Department; Occupational Health

Location: Portishead, Occupational Health Department- BS20 6PN

Salary: £35,481 - £38,619 per annum

We understand how important psychological support is, and by working with the Force Medical Advisor (FMA) and our supportive team, you will be providing a proactive, comprehensive and confidential therapeutic, trauma and psychological support service.

Your role will include many aspects of psychological support and you will act as a recognised source of expertise within your own field of experience, providing advice and guidance to all levels of the organisation, providing innovative solutions and best practice.

By providing regular complex on-going psychological support for police staff and officers identified as working in high emotionally demanding and at times distressing, roles you will also make a clinical assessment as to whether therapy is required, and initiate it.

In this role, your main responsibilities will include: 

  • Provision of other psychological interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy in consultation with the FMA including post incident support and use of stress risk assessments.
  • The design and delivery of bespoke psycho-education and training to support the psychological health of Police Officers and Police Staff.
  • Act as a champion for TRiM (Trauma Risk Management) within the organisation, liaising with the TRiM Coordinator and other TRiM trained staff as required in the management of staff wellbeing.
  • Supervision of return to work programmes in terms of offering practical solutions, advice and support on wellbeing matters to clients and their line managers where appropriate.

To be eligible to apply, you will need the following:


  • Advanced Course, Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in CBT or Counselling
  • You must have completed or commenced with a view to completion within twelve months the full four-part EMDR Europe Accredited training programme in the Theory and Practice of EMDR. 
  • Full BABCP/BACP/UKCP or equivalent accreditation or eligible to apply for and gain accreditation within six months.
  • You must be able to carry out CBT therapy must also hold, or be prepared to achieve, or have commenced within two years, a Diploma in CBT.
  • A full current driving licence or be able to travel around the force area using alternative transport will be necesssary.

Experience required includes

  • Ability to demonstrate evidence and maintenance of continuing professional development
  • Experience of preparing written correspondence and experience of writing reports
  • Experience of providing and delivering training
  • Experience of producing policies and best practice guidelines
  • Experience of working with complex mental health conditions
  • Experience of working within a large and complex organisation

Does this sound like the role for you? Click the link below to apply.

To be eligible to apply for this role you must have a 3 year ‘checkable history’ in the UK – ideally this means that you would have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years.

Please note that you will start at the bottom of the salary scale on appointment.

Why work for Avon and Somerset Police?

Avon and Somerset Police has gained a reputation as a pioneering and innovative force, responsible for policing a large diverse, multi-cultural population.

If you are looking for a fresh challenge which offers a genuine opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives, variety and the chance to broaden your experience, then Avon and Somerset is the force for you.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. 

We are working hard to increase diversity and inclusion within the Constabulary, where communities are under-represented, including those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people of all ages, abilities, faiths, religions and gender, LGBT communities and those from other disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds, who share our values and wish to make a difference to the communities we serve.

All applications will be treated on merit, based on the evidence provided in your application and suitability for the role you have applied for.

Flexible working

All requests for flexible working patterns will be considered and will be dependent on the role.

Recruitment and Selection Policy

Internal applicants who are at risk of redundancy or in need of redeployment and pass the selection process, will be offered the role over the remaining internal and external applicants.

Police Barred and Advisory lists

Individuals placed on the Police Barred and Advisory lists will not be considered for employment by the police for a minimum of 5 years from the date of listing in the case of gross misconduct, or 3 years from the date of listing in the case of poor performance.

Vetting and safeguarding

Avon and Somerset Police are committed to safeguarding and operate safer recruitment processes, to ensure a police service that employees are proud to work for because they feel safe, valued and part of a happy and supportive work environment. All employees and volunteers therefore will be subject to background checks including vetting and references.

Closing date: 30/10/2020, 23:55 

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