Senior Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

Are you looking to shape the delivery of psychological services and interventions that are offered within a community mental health setting? If so, this is the role for you...

This is a real opportunity for an enthusiastic and engaging Senior Psychologist to be part of a developing, fast paced, multi-disciplinary adult mental health service by providing clinical leadership and nurturing the psychological mindedness of the team. If you are looking to progress your career and move into a more senior role this is the ideal post for you. You will have the opportunity to receive excellent supervision and CPD opportunities. A preceptorship model would also be considered.

You will work as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team embedding psychologically informed ways of working. Much of this work will be within the team informing the best service delivery for the client. This position offers great opportunities to work alongside our experienced clinicians in our adult community services and to be part of the exciting developments in the community mental health teams in increasing access to psychological therapies for people with complex mental health needs. For the successful candidate these exciting developments will provide opportunities to develop your specialist interests by providing clinical leadership on one of our new pathways (e.g. Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder; Complex Trauma) and will provide you with an opportunity to have funded training in a specialist therapy.

Main duties of the job

Your primary role will include delivering psychological interventions to our service users, you will also support the wider team in delivering therapeutic based interventions that are supported by sound evidence base. As part of the national driver to improve access to psychological interventions you will be expected, to support the development of pathways and transformation.

There will be opportunities and support for continuing professional development and to actively participate in quality innovations, research and audit. There will also be opportunities to lead on particular projects for the team and influence team development

About us

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 and provides mental health and learning disability care to people predominantly living in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in North Staffordshire. The Trust is one of the main providers of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands.

We provide services to people with a wide range of mental health and learning disability needs. Sometimes our service users need to spend time in hospital, but much more often we are able to provide care in community settings and in people's own homes.

Why North Staffordshire Combined Health Care:
  • 1 of only 2 specialist mental health Trusts in England with an overall 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission
  • 20th consecutive year of achieving financial surplus making us one of the top financial performers in the region
  • Best performing mental health Trust in the NHS Staff Survey
  • Wellbeing Academy offering a wide range of courses, workshops and activities to support people to discover interests and develop their skills on their mental health recovery journey
  • Praised by our service users for our commitment to partnership in involving them in deciding our priorities and making our appointments
  • Highest score in the country for creating a safe environment free from bullying and harassment
  • Fantastic record of winning awards, nominations and accolades throughout the year from health, care and research publications and organisations

Job description

Job responsibilities

Flexible and mixed remote/ in-building working opportunities available.

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to clients with highly complex mental health conditions which may include challenging behaviours.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To provide clinical supervision and training to less experienced colleagues within the designated psychology service and to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

To undertake formal research as an integral part of the job and act as field supervisor to doctorate trainees.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.



  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.



  • Doctoral level knowledge of Evidence- based practice relevant to the role

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