Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist/Forensic Psychologist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
31 May 2023
Job summary

We are delighted to be offering two full-time Band 7 Practitioner Psychologist development posts within our Adult Inpatients Service based at Hopewood Park Hospital, Sunderland. One providing specialist psychological input into our female acute ward and a male acute ward and the other our female rehabilitation ward and a male acute ward. We are keen to hear from applicants who are current Band 7s or final year trainees and can evidence the skills and experience required for these roles. We welcome applications from Clinical, Counselling and Forensic Psychologists.

Adult Mental Health Inpatient Services provide multi-disciplinary care using a biopsychosocial model for service users over the age of 18. The acute service provides care for service users with acute mental health needs who require assessment and treatment in hospital and the rehabilitation service provides care for service users with complex and enduring mental health needs and challenging behaviours who require intensive rehabilitation over ashort to medium term.

Service users admitted to hospital are often highly complex and have a range of experiences and difficulties including neurodiversity, psychosis, personality difficulties andlearning difficulties, risk to self and others, forensic issues and behaviours that challenge.

Main duties of the job

The post holders will be fully supported to enable them to progress to Band 8a within 2 years of having been in a Band 7 role. This will requiresuccessful completion of a mutually agreed development plan, demonstration of the experience, skills, knowledge and competencies required and confirmation of their suitability to progress by an assessment panel.

If the requirements are not fully achieved within 2 years the post holder will remain as a Band 7 and this outcome will be managed as part of the contract conditions agreed with the post holder at the outset

These posts involve providing expertise in applying specialist psychological assessment, including cognitive assessments, collaborative formulation and interventions with service users and working with multi-disciplinary teams to embed formulation and trauma informed care. This includes individual and group based work and involvement of families and carers. It will involve supporting multidisciplinary staff working with service users through supervision, team formulation, contributing to understanding complex risk, developing behaviour support plans and providing reflective practice sessions and training to the teams. The role may also involve research, service evaluation and audit. All of the wards have Higher Assistant Psychologist time and this provides opportunities for the development of skills in supervision and line management.

About us

Post holders will be part of a supportive inpatient psychology team which provides psychological services to Acute, Rehabilitation, Older Adult and Learning Disability services. The team is part of a valued trust wide psychological service which has a range of regular meetings and support activities to ensure professional governance and to promote evidence based and innovative psychologically informed care.

Working in inpatient services offers excellent opportunities to develop skills in both direct and indirect clinical work, clinical leadership, service development, staff support and supervision and teaching and training and we welcome contact from interested candidates to further discuss these roles and visit our service.

Please indicate on your application form whether you wish to be considered for the Adult Acute or Adult Rehabilitation/Acute role or both.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 17th May 2023

Closing date : 31st May 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • oDoctoral level training in Clinical, Counselling or Forensic psychology (or equivalent conferring eligibility for HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist), including specifically models of psychopathology and risk, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more evidence based psychological interventions and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society and the HCPC.
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist (or working towards)


  • Further post-graduate training in other fields of applied psychology / therapies



  • Specialist skills in assessment, formulation delivering evidence based psychological interventions
  • Some experience of completing neuropsychology assessment
  • Some experience of providing teaching and training and training
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.


  • Skills in providing clinical supervision



  • Clinical experience of working across a range of settings and with range of client groups
  • Experience of MDT working


  • Previous experience of working in an inpatient setting either pre/during or post clinical psychology training

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