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Senior Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
10 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are re-establishing in our Adult Learning Disability Inpatient model, to strengthen our existing psychology leadership. You will work alongside the Consultant psychologist and multi-disciplinary team to deliver a psychological service .

A real opportunity for an enthusiastic and engaging Senior Psychologist to develop a multi-disciplinary service by providing clinical leadership and nurturing the psychological mindedness of the team.

If you are looking to progress your career this is the ideal post for you. You will have the opportunity to receive excellent supervision and CPD opportunities, with funding and time to develop your skills.

You will outreach into community learning disabilities services and hold a small community case load in line with your interests, expertise and service needs, negotiable at appointment stage.

Working an extremely varied case load and with service users with difficulties ranging from autistic spectrum disorder, complex trauma, depression, behaviours of concern and forensic issues, in line with your experience and competencies, and as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team embedding psychologically informed ways of working and providing psychological interventions for complex service users. Much of this work will be within the team, informing the best service delivery for the client.

Preceptorship post is Band 7 Clinical Psychologist, reviewed in 18-24 months for progression consideration to Band 8A Senior Clinical Psychologist

Main duties of the job

You will be an innovative clinician, dedicated to developing effective, person-centred services that deliver lasting change. Service user involvement will be a passion of yours. You will be effective as working as part of a team and skilled at developing effective, well-supported teams. You will have an area of research interest that you wish to take forward. You will strive to continually improve outcomes for service users and their carers.

The Assessment and Treatment unit offers clinical assessment, therapeutic interventions, training and education to adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs, detained under the mental health act and to their support systems.

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 currently work from both hospital and community-based premises, operating from approximately 30 sites to approximately 464,000 people of all ages and diverse backgrounds in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire. Our main site is Harplands Hospital, which opened in 2001 and provides the setting for most of our inpatient units.

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.

We also provide specialist mental health services such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), substance misuse services and psychological therapies, plus a range of clinical and non-clinical services to support University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.'

Job description

Job responsibilities

To deliver specialist psychology input to service users with learning disabilities and autism and their support network within the inpatient Assessment and Treatment service as part of the multi-disciplinary team. This will include complex psychological assessments including behavioural assessment, neuropsychological assessment, risk assessment and developmental assessment. To work collaboratively with service users, staff and support networks to develop shared formulations to inform interventions and increase understanding. To provide psychological interventions through direct and indirect methods working closely with MDT colleagues. To evaluate the service and contribute to service improvement and research e.g. through the QNLD process and restrictive practice reduction group. To support training, supervision and reflective practice across the wider multidisciplinary team increasing the teams ability to deliver a trauma- informed, psychologically minded PBS service.

The consultant psychologist will work alongside the senior psychologist to provide input around service development, leadership and where specific assessments/interventions are required.

The post-holder will be supported to undertake CPD leading to professional qualification, in line with their skills and experience and the service need. The post holder will hold a small community case load which will be agreed with the post holder at appointment in line with their development goals and service need.

For those applying as a preceptorship post your contract is for a preceptorship starting at Band 7 Clinical Psychologist.This will be reviewed within 18-24 months in order to consider progression into the Band 8A Senior Clinical Psychologist position. If you are not quite ready at this time, it will be reviewed at 6 monthly intervals.

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.
  • HCPC registration as a clinical psychologist



  • Experience of conducting risk assessments and creating risk management plans with clients who pose significant risk to themselves.

Employer details

Employer name

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust


Harplands Hospital



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