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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Job summary

We are looking for an 8a Principal Clinical Psychologist to join the Learning Disability Services Additional Support Unit (ASU), to help us support the wellbeing of one of the most vulnerable and marginalised sections of our population.

You will be a senior part of the Devon LD Clinical Psychology team while working in and sharing the clinical leadership of the ASU. You will be part of a rich multi-disciplinary team including Nursing, Psychiatry, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language therapy, and provide a Clinical Psychology service via complex assessment, intervention, training, consultation & supervision. Our teams are experienced, cohesive & mutually supportive.

Psychology is highly valued in the Learning Disability service. We have a caring & mutually supportive culture that is a vital foundation for the challenging but rewarding work that we do. Your role will be part of a wider Clinical Psychology team covering the ASU and the Intensive Assessment Teams across Devon. We will link you in with inpatient psychologists across DPT.

As a key part of the wider Multi-Disciplinary Team, psychology is committed to compassionate, respectful & equitable care for people with Learning Disabilities using a biopsychosocial model that is trauma-informed & sensitive to the individual contexts in which distress arises in a population with limited or no power. We have links with both the Plymouth and Exeter Doctoral Programmes & there is a strong research department within DPT.

Main duties of the job

To improve the psychological health & well-beingof people with Learning disabilities and to provide psychological services to people are admitted to the Additional Support Unit, a five bed inpatient assessment and treatment unit.

This will be achieved in this post by:

1. Ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality psychological service to people with Learning Disabilities who are admitted into the Additional Support Unit.

2. Providing clinical leadership, co-ordination and supervision for staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the psychology service.

3. Taking a leadership role in the development and delivery of psychological interventions for people with Learning Disabilities

4. Overseeing the delivery of psychological support of the patients on the unit, and providing advice and consultancy to patients and professionals.

5. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team.

6. The post holder will receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance with Trust policy and Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the Health Professions Council/British Psychological Society.

7. Contributing to the management of psychology services within the unit.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile; making time for people; challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the full Job Description and Person specification attached to this advert which will provide further information on this role.

Person Specification



  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision


  • Extended experience of assessing and working with people with learning disabilities and working within learning disability services Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts

Knowledge, Skills and Planning


  • Knowledge of Learning Disabilities services in the NHS and of the knowledge base, skills and practice of clinical psychology.
  • Excellent verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to integrate complex data, make highly skilled evaluations and decisions, and take a long-term perspective
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Highly skilled in specialist interventions
  • Advanced psychological assessment and formulation skills
  • Consultation skills



  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin. Psych or equivalent) and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)


  • Further training in psychological approaches particularly Positive Behavioural Support Further training and experience in interventions with people with learning disabilities

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