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Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year pa wte
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are seeking an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join us in the North Recovery service, a community mental health team which works with adults who have a range of complex mental health needs.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain post-qualification experience in a generic mental health setting in which the expectations of the work will be broad and varied. You will be joining a large and friendly MDT in which there are great prospects for developing a good range of skills in a supportive and dynamic environment. The job will involve working alongside colleagues to offer a service to clients and their families; joint & indirect work with colleagues (team formulation, staff training, support and consultation around psychological issues); and appropriate audit, evaluation & research activities as required. There will also be involvement in development of Structured Clinical Management and trauma-informed ways of working within the recovery team, plus involvement in the transformation within community mental health services.

The post would suit a candidate with experience of adults with mental health problems, including psychosis and personality difficulties. Enthusiasm and willingness to work proactively in multi-disciplinary teams and a multi-agency context will be required. The current talking therapies team includes CBT therapists and clinical psychologists, plus peer recovery workers and there are good opportunities for supervision, development and support.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve assessment and therapeutic interventions with adults who have complex mental health difficulties. You will be working alongside the multidisciplinary team in order to develop formulations of complex cases and support colleagues in understanding and working with clients in a trauma informed way. You will also have opportunities to work alongside colleagues on service development projects, deliver relevant training and input into the current transformation plan in line with national plans for integrated Mental Health community services.

We are looking for a motivated, compassionate person who can work on their own initiative while also being a team player. The appointed person will be dedicated to delivering quality therapeutic input to the clients and support to colleagues in the recovery service and will demonstrate that they can work in line with the values of our trust.

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


The Trust is a major employer and provider of services. We are committed to recruiting people who fit our organisational values. These are:
  • Respect - we listen to others, valuing their views and contributions
  • Compassion - we show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safe
  • Partnership - we engage with others on the basis of equality and collaboration
  • Accountability - we are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity., accepting responsibility for outcomes
  • Fairness - we ensure equal access to opportunity, support and services
  • Ambition - we are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our service users and staff

Liaises with: Other members of theteams, including: senior psychologist, team managers, MDT and psychology/psychological therapy colleagues, and agencies responsible for a service users care, and voluntary sector services

Job Purpose

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology/psychological therapy service to service users of the North Recovery service.

To take sole professional responsibility and exercise autonomous professional and clinical judgement within the overall framework of Trust, HCPC, & BPS policies/guidelines/standards.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.
To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users, and their families, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users problems

To work on a daily basis in individual, family and/or in group therapy settings

To be responsible for implementing a range of specialist psychological interventions

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions

To coordinate, where appropriate, the intervention plans, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviews of plans

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users

Teaching, Training and Supervision

To receive regular clinical professional supervision in accordance with professional practice (HCPC/BPS) and Trust guidelines

To gain wider post-qualification knowledge, skills and experience

To provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.

To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant psychologists where appropriate.

To offer training placements to trainee clinical psychologists as appropriate.

To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology as appropriate.

To provide advice, consultation and training to staff where appropriate.

To attend supervisor training in preparation for becoming a supervisor for the DClinPsy Training Courses.

Management, Recruitment, Policy, Organisational and Service Development

To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of aspects of the teams clinical practice through research, service evaluation and audit.

To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

To manage the workloads and contribute to recruitment of assistant psychologists, where appropriate

To implement the policies and propose changes to working practices/procedures concerning professional good practice

Research and Service Evaluation

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

To undertake, where appropriate, research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

To disseminate research findings through publications and conference presentations.

Working Environment

To provide psychological care to Recovery service users and their families in the least restrictive and least stigmatising environment in community settings, including home visits, community bases, and primary care bases.

The job role will involve working alone in situations where there may be some risk of verbal or physical aggression from service users, carers, and the general public.

General Requirements

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology/ psychological therapy across the service

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues.

To attend and contribute to relevant professional meetings.

To develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues within Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and in the statutory

To maintain professional registration as a Clinical Psychologist (practitioner psychologist) with the Health and Care Professions Council

Job Description Review

The post holder should be comfortable in the use of computer technology, have basic keyboard skills and have the ability to use email.

All employees are expected to observe the following: -

Equal Opportunities and Dignity at work Statement of Intent

The Trust is a major employer and provider of services. We are committed to building a workforce which reflects the diversity of and meets the needs of the local community.

We oppose all forms of discrimination on legal and moral grounds, and recognise that discrimination creates barriers to achieving equality for everyone.

The Trust is committed to making equality of opportunity and fair treatment a reality whereby an individual can seek, obtain and continue employment without unfair discrimination.

As an equal opportunities employer, we will ensure that all job applicants and employees receive fair and equal treatment and will not be disadvantaged by unjustified conditions or requirements.

The Trusts Equal Opportunities and Dignity at Work Policy underpins the Trusts commitment to achieve equality and fairness

We are committed to improving our practice through signing up to initiatives such as Stonewall Champions, the Disability Standard, Two Ticks and Mindful Employer.

Safeguarding Children and Adults

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people (anyone under the age of 18) and adults.

Staff must ensure that they are familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and know what to do if any such concerns are raised.

Staff are expected to know about and follow the Trusts safeguarding children and safeguarding adult policies

Risk Management

Staff should be aware of the principles of risk management and adopt appropriate practice to reduce the risk to themselves and others.

Infection Prevention & Control

Staff are expected to comply with the Trusts Infection Prevention & Control policies

Person Specification



  • Completed or due to complete DClinPsy training course


  • Additional Qualification in relevant therapeutic approaches and techniques



  • Prior experience in community mental health


  • Experience in similar mental health settings from which they have transferrable skills



  • Able to demonstrate that they share all of the trust values


  • Demonstrate appropriate and compassionate values and attitudes in terms of their care of service users and respect for colleagues
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