Clinical Psychologist - Chesterfield OP CMHT & In-patient Unit

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
7 Jun 2023
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about the role that psychology can have within Older People's Mental Health Services and can ensure the systematic provision of a Clinical Psychology service within the Chesterfield Older People's CMHT and In-patient unit.

The post provides an exciting opportunity to help shape the culture and processes on the in-patient unit as it works towards moving to a new setting in 2024.

The post holder will be able to develop their specialist psychological and neuropsychological skills, whilst working within supportive and friendly teams.

The post is offered at a band 7 or 8a (dependent on experience) with the potential for progression through a competency-based gateway.

We welcome applications from people who would like to work part-time or on a job share basis.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone who enjoys multi-disciplinary team working, has excellent relationship-building skills and has experience of working with people with a broad range of mental health problems and needs (including those arising from an organic impairment).

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with service users, formal and informal carers and family members, and use a range of psychological ideas and interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing.

The post is line managed through a robust and supportive Psychology structure that sits within the Division of Psychology and Psychological Therapies and offers great opportunities to develop a specialist area of psychological expertise whilst working therapeutically with Older People, such as within a formal therapy model, neuropsychological assessment, or supervision skills.

This is also a wonderful opportunity to work across a highly diverse population, and within easy reach of beautiful countryside including the stunning Peak District.

About us

The successful candidate will be welcomed into a vibrant and creative team of skilled Clinical Psychologists who have extensive experience, knowledge and skill, and are passionate about working with older people.

The Psychologists who work across our Older People's Service value the variety that working in Older People's Mental Health can bring and enjoy providing assessment and interventions, and offering advice, consultation and formulation to colleagues who value the contribution that Clinical Psychology brings to their work.

There are excellent opportunities for high quality supervision, and within our team we have Psychologists with further training and experience in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. CFT, Systemic therapy, ACT ISTDP and EMDR), and a number of Psychologists who have done further training in Neuropsychology and are on the SRCN.

Our Psychology Service has a strong focus on staff wellbeing, is keen to support and develop research activities, and is leading the Trust's development of trauma-informed approaches.

There are excellent opportunities for peer support, networking across services and participation in regular in-house and external CPD.

We also have strong links with local Clinical Psychology Training Courses and provide regular placements and teaching.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Good Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above). Eligibility for Graduate membership of the BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist by the HCPC
  • Eligible for Chartered status with the BPS
  • In addition to routine CPD and supervision, has demonstrated a clear commitment to developing a specialist area of expertise relevant to the post through significant training, personal study or experience (essential for Band 8a role)
  • Post qualification training in supervision of other psychologists (essential for Band 8a role)
  • Significant post qualification specialist training / experience through having provided assessment/intervention to older people with mental health problems including dementia and other cognitive problems under clinical supervision whilst working as a Specialist Clinical Psychologist (essential for Band 8a role)


  • Chartered status with the BPS



  • Experience of working in a clinical setting with older people with a range of mental health problems, cognitive impairment / dementia, and across a variety of settings
  • Experience of providing psychological assessment, formulation and assessment to older people experiencing mental health problems
  • Evidence of taking full clinical responsibility for clients with a range of mental health problems and severity, within the context of multi-disciplinary care (essential for Band 8a role)


  • Experience of conducting neuropsychological assessments



  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS & HCPC
  • Assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring mental health problems



  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post, which includes being able to travel efficiently to different bases and completing home visits

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