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Principal Clinical Psychologist - ILS Team

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year Pa pro rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 8b - Principal Clinical Psychologist

It is not every day these rare opportunities become available, do you have the charisma and passion to make a difference to people's lives? We have an opportunity to work in an organisation that will help you develop and achieve your goals to become the best you can be.

As part of our transformation of community mental health services, we are currently expanding the Intensive Life Skills team. This post would be initially based in West Staffordshire, with a rolling expansion across Staffordshire.

We are looking for someone with passion and integrity who will welcome the opportunity to help support the develop and influence the service. Experience and expertise in working with people who have complex emotional needs is essential.

This is an interesting new post which will have considerable input to the service development work being undertaken as part of the Mental Health Transformation as well as having a leadership role within the Intensive Life Skills Pathway.

Main duties of the job

  • To work as a psychologist in the service, providing clinical services directly to people with complex mental health problems and their families/carers and supporting the service and its staff to use strategies that enhance the psychological well-being of people who use this service and their families and/or carers.
  • To provide a specialist clinical psychology service within the ILS pathway to adults, their families or carers. To work with clients alone at the team base, in local NHS settings or other care environments, or at their home as necessary.
  • To be responsible for conducting psychological interviews, deriving information from self-report measures, rating scales, psychometrics (where necessary), direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care, interpreting complex data and giving feedback effectively and with sensitively.

About us

MPFT provides physical and mental health care, learning disability, and adult social care services across Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent, Shropshire, and Telford & Wrekin. In addition, we provide services on a wider regional and national basis. We serve a population of 1.5 million and employ around 8,500 members of staff.

By joining MPFT you will become part of a diverse and inclusive team who are empowered and supported to deliver care in a way which is consistent with our values:
  • putting people at the heart of what we do
  • empowering people to improve care and wellbeing
  • delivering better health, better care in partnership

We are embedding values based and inclusive recruitment practices to ensure that all applicants, from any backgrounds, from under-represented groups, such as black, Asian or other ethnic groups, individuals with a disability, or LGBTQ+ individuals. All have an equal chance of success in achieving a role with us.

We will support your career development and progression. Membership of the excellent NHS pension scheme, generous maternity, paternity, adoption leave, pay and the option for flexible working. You will receive up to 27 days annual leave (increasing to 33 days) and the opportunity to purchase additional annual leave.

We are also proud to have a choice of staff networks that help you meet like-minded people.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please check out the below videos showcasing why MPFT is a great place to work and to grow your career:

Why Work for Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

Development and Progression Within Mental Health Services at MPFT - YouTube

The Intensive Life Skills Pathway is a multi-disciplinary mental health team providing assessment and intervention for adults experiencing complex emotional difficulties across East and West Staffordshire as part of the Adult Mental Health Service.

This multi-disciplinary team works in a highly psychologically minded way and are passionate about working with service-users who present with high levels of emotional distress and who often have histories of complex trauma and/or adverse experiences. Applicants should have an interest in working with this client group, and an experience of relevant evidence based interventions.

The pathway utilises Structured Clinical Management (SCM) as a core therapeutic model, combining individual and workshop based interventions. A range of additional therapeutic models are utilised including attachment theory, behavioural theory, Compassion-Focussed Therapy, EMDR, Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mentalisation-Based Treatment, and DBT informed interventions.

As a Principal Consultant Psychologist from the NHS or private sector, you will join a team and Trust that puts people at the heart of what we do.

Your career with us will be enjoyable and rewarding as you develop specialist skills and make a real difference for some of the most vulnerable people in society.

The team has good links with the nearby Clinical Psychology Doctorate course based at Staffordshire University.

For further information, please contact Dr Kate Stapleton, Consultant Clinical Psychologist ( ) or Emily-Grace Church, Pathway Manager (

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


  • Qualification and/or accreditation in one or more therapeutic interventions/ therapy i.e. EMDR MBT DBT CBT T



  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at a highly specialist level.


  • Considerable experience of working with people with complex and challenging mental health problems, those who present with high risk and significant suicidal intent and those who have experienced trauma and attachment difficulties

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


West Staffordshire


ST16 3AG

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