Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We are recruiting to an exciting new clinical leadership role within the Personality and Complex Trauma Service. We are looking for a suitably qualified psychological practitioner to join the team. The post offers a fantastic opportunity to gain clinical, operational and leadership experience whilst working within a complex area of mental health, alongside psychological practitioners from a range of disciplines, supported by the wider leadership team.

The Personality and Complex Trauma team offers a city-wide and regional tertiary level service to people experiencing difficulties associated with complex trauma. We provide psychotherapeutic interventions, consultation and advice for service users and other teams, alongside specialist education, training and research. The team is part of the Specialist Psychotherapy Service at St Georges and has been awarded APPTS accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatry.

The service is working towards a model of co-production with service users and the development of trauma informed care pathways for people who have complex emotional needs. The post holder will contribute to these areas of development and will play a key role in the co-ordination and organisation of the work of psychologists/ psychotherapists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

Main duties of the job

To provide clinical leadership and operational management within the Personality and Complex Trauma Team in collaboration with the wider leadership team across the Specialist Psychotherapy Service to deliver highly effective clinical services. We are also recruiting a new cross service 8c Consultant and an Operational Manager to work with the two 8b principal posts in the 2 teams, to ensure robust clinical and operational systems and support.

You will provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology/ psychotherapist service to service users . You will provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy and offer highly specialised advice and consultation on service users' psychological care.

You will provide clinical supervision and line management to psychologists/psychotherapists, counsellors, assistant(s), trainee(s) and other professionals . You will be responsible for the systematic governance of psychological practice and the co-ordination and organisation of the work of the team.

You will monitor and co-ordinate resources available to the team by responding to referrals, making autonomous professional and clinical judgements based upon complex information, prioritising accordingly and contributing to multidisciplinary decision making. You will also utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To lead on psychological care pathways development, using best evidence and co-production to create effective, well received, trauma informed patient pathways through the service along with the rest of the leadership team.

To line manage (including supervising and performance managing the work of) psychological staff within the framework of the team / services policies and procedures.

To provide highly specialist assessments of service users referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the persons care

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of specialist psychological/therapeutic interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of different provisional hypotheses.

To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals (both psychologists/ psychotherapists and non-psychologists) contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a trauma informed, psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.

To significantly contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of aspects of the teams clinical practice through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

To co-ordinate the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team by developing and collecting relevant measures of outcome and audit, and to provide consultation to other health and social care professionals to enable them to develop their own effective systems of governance.

To significantly contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of all psychological aspects of operational development in collaboration with the senior operational leads and Consultant Psychologists/Psychotherapists.

To propose policy or service changes which impact beyond own area of activity by participation in Trust working parties and other local development groups.

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

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Person Specification



  • Post-graduate, doctoral level training in clinical psychology and registration with the HCPC or Psychotherapist registration or a core mental health professionall qualification and, where required, registration and post graduate diploma qualification in therapeutic training with accreditation with relevant body.


  • otraining and qualifications in research methodology, staff training oAdditional, post-qualification short courses. oLeadership or management training relevant to health and social care settings



  • oSignificant experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings. oSignificant evidence of being able to effectively lead and manage multidisciplinary teams oSignificant further training/experience normally through clinical supervision of working as a clinical psychological practitioner oExperience of providing teaching and/or training oExperience of providing clinical supervision oEvidence of leading quality improvement initiatives


  • oExperience of representing therapeutic/psychological work within the context of multi-disciplinary care. oExperience of the application of psychotherapy in different cultural contexts. oUnderstanding and experience of co-production



  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychotherapeutic/psychological therapies for people who have complex emotional needs

Multicultural working


  • multi cultural interventions, awareness of discrimination and power issues

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