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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Job summary

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist with experience and enthusiasm to work with our friendly, supportive and psychologically minded Older Persons Integrated Mental Health Team in West Lancashire. The postholder will provide the team with highly specialist consultation sessions and lead on case formulation meetings alongside delivering direct therapeutic interventions to our West Lancashire Older Adult service users. We are looking for someone committed to multi-disciplinary team working who can provide professional and clinical leadership to our psychology and non-psychology colleagues. The role will also involve taking trainees on placement, supervising non-psychology colleagues, teaching, training, reflective practice sessions and supporting psychological well-being within the team.

The post is professionally attached to the locality older adult psychology team and wider network, both of which offer a friendly and supportive space, with a strong commitment to providing quality services for older people in Lancashire. The Trust is also committed to staff development, and have invested in on-going training and development opportunities including funding recent further therapy training and leadership courses. The postholder would receive regular clinical and professional supervision from the 8C Older Adult Locality Lead Clinical Psychologist.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients within older adult community services in the West Lancashire locality.

To supervise and support psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the designated area of responsibility.

To utilise research skills, audit, policy and service development and research and implement policy changes within the areas served by the team/service in agreement with the relevant manager.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

This is an 8b role; however, we would also welcome applications from 8a clinical psychologists who would like the opportunity to develop their skills in Older Adult work. The 8a would follow a development plan with the aim of developing the required competencies for an 8b post. The candidate would need to successfully complete the competency framework before they gain the band 8b and this would not be achieved due to length of time in post.

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Accredited by the BPS



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists



  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervising

Skills / Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

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