clinical psychologist

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

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Mental health
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity to join the Older Adult & Neurological Conditions Psychology Service at Sheffield Health & Social Care Trust (SHSC). We are looking for a newly qualified (or soon to be qualified 2023) 'Band 7' Psychologist who would like to join our passionate team working with older people with mental health difficulties and people who have had strokes. This is a fantastic post for newly qualified psychologists as you will gain a broad range of experience in mental and physical health services in community and in-patient settings.

The post is 0.8 wte (30 hours) and is in the community stroke service, working across the stroke pathway. This is an exciting time for stroke services, with the introduction of Integrated Stroke Delivery Networks and the new National Stroke Service Model.

There are great opportunities to develop your own supervision skills, access weekly supervision and attend regular peer supervision. You will have access to a wealth of experience (CBT accredited supervisors, neuropsychology supervision, EMDR trained psychologists) and CPD opportunities (e.g CBT, QICN modules, dependent on interest/needs of the service).

Main duties of the job

Mental Health

To provide a clinical psychology service to older adults and their families in community and in-patient settings. This includes assessments, formulations, neuropsychological assessments, psychological therapy, (individual and group). An important element to the work is MDT working to provide team formulations, reflective practice, consultation, and supervision. There will be opportunities to be involved leading on service development initiatives e.g Safe Wards, CMHT accreditation.


To provide a clinical psychology service to stroke survivors and their families following discharge from their acute admission (within the community inpatient rehabilitation units, homes or other community settings). To work collaboratively with the stroke MDT to deliver a stepped model of care for both cognitive and emotional difficulties post stroke, involving significant role in consultation, advice, training and supervision. To lead on different service development projects and developments, including work on the pathway around the new National Stroke Service model.

The work will take place in a variety of settings: service users homes, outpatient clinic settings, care homes, in-patient wards so requires frequent travel.

This is a great opportunity to develop the full range of skills involved in being a qualified clinical psychologist: therapy, neuropsychology, formulation, team reflective practice, leadership, across both community and in-patient services.

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

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the teams. Based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological-treatment and/or management of a service users problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a full range of care settings.
  • To work on a daily basis in face to face individual, family and/or in group therapy settings with service users presenting with complex and distressing psychological and neuropsychological problems, including problems associated with acquired brain injury, stroke, post traumatic stress, recovery and adjustment.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of different provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals (both psychologists/therapists and non-psychologists) contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To coordinate, where appropriate, the intervention plans, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviews of plans, and including service users, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care and to monitor progress during both the course of uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • Teaching, training, and supervision 1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision in accordance with professional practice HCPC / NMC, BPS / BABCP & Trust guidelines 2. To gain wider post-qualification knowledge, skills and experience through further experience and specialist supervision in specific psychological approaches and/or with particular service user groups supported by case presentations, group supervision and short courses as part of an agreed personal development plan. This may include gaining wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above that provided within the principal area where the post-holder is employed, up to two sessions per week (pro rata). 3. To provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate. 4. To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant psychologists where appropriate. 5. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology, as appropriate. 6. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff (including both psychologists and non-psychologists) working with the service user group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate. 7. Clinical Psychologists to attend supervisor training in preparation for becoming a supervisor for the DClinPsy Training Courses Management, recruitment, policy and service development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in 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 of assistant psychologists, where appropriate, within the framework of the team / services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the short-listing and interviewing of assistant psychologists.
  • To implement the policies and propose changes to working practices/procedures concerning professional good practice for the provision of psychological/therapy services as applicable to the service in order to ensure the highest standards of service to the service user group.
  • 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.
  • General
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post-holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology/psychological therapy across the services, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal, and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology/psychological therapy and related disciplines.
  • 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 in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC, BPS and Trust policies and procedures.
  • 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, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, and in the statutory and voluntary services with the aim of promoting high standards of care and clinical practice.
  • To maintain professional registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council / Psychotherapist with BABCP.
  • The post holder should be comfortable in the use of computer technology, have basic keyboard skills and have the ability to use email.

  • Person Specification



    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology/near completion
    • Registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the HCPC

    Clinical Experience


    • Relevant Clinical Experience


    • Experience of working with Older Adults
    • Experience of working in inpatient settings
    • Experience of neuropsychology

    MDT working


    • Evidence of working as part of an MDT

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