Psychological Professions Lead

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
Tees, Esk & Wear NHS Foundation Trust have an exciting opportunity for a senior Psychological Professional to contribute to the clinical and strategic development of the adult learning disability service we provide to our communities in Durham Tees Valley.

This post is open to applicants who are either an Applied Psychologist or a Psychological Therapist (see below for further details).

The post will cover Durham Tees Valley which includes the areas of Durham, Darlington, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Stockton and Redcar. The work bases are flexible within the geographical footprint and will be agreed with successful applicants.

The roles comprise 0.5 wte clinical leadership across Durham Tees Valley care group, management of psychology staff in County Durham and 0.5 wte clinical delivery role across the North and South Tees Community Adult Learning Disabilities teams. A part time role role would be considered.

Main duties of the job

The Psychological Professions Lead role has two primary related roles: the professional leadership and development of the Psychological Professions workforce and contribution to multidisciplinary collective leadership at the service management level.With the premise that decision making is devolved, and that leadership is there to cultivate the talents of those within the Care Group, to optimise the quality of care and to ensure that the strategy of the Trust is delivered.

They will be responsible for supporting the Associate Director of Therapies CAMHS/LD and General Manager with the delivery of the trust strategy and the business plan, supporting service transformation and service delivery to achieve quality standards and embedding co-creation of service delivery with service users and carers.

About us

We are committed to co-creating safe and personalised care that improves the lives of people by involving them as equal partners. The most important way we will get there is by living our values, all of the time.

The Psychological Professions Lead will be expected to display the Trust values at all times, working as part of the collective leadership team with shared accountability and responsibility for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of patient care is delivered in a patient centred manner. They are also responsible for ensuring the culture of our services is built upon the Trust Values and the trust's strategy - Our Journey To change (OJTC), giving staff the best possible experience whilst working for TEWV.

Job description

Job responsibilities

As part of the collective leadership team at the service management level the Psychological Professions Lead, will provide leadership and oversight of the Psychological Professions Bands 4 - 8c within Adult Learning Disability services in the designated locality.

They will lead and contribute to Adult Learning Disability services in the care group and trust wide service transformation, working with the collective leadership team, Clinical Networks and corporate colleagues to embed key aspects of the transformation agenda, the Long Term Plan, partnership priorities and represent the professions on strategic groups as appropriate.

The Psychological Professions Lead will be accountable for their own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist care to clients with severe and enduring mental health conditions, learning disabilities or autism.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academys Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS and HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainee psychologists
  • Trained in coordinating complex packages of care and assessing and managing risk
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • RMN/RNLD, AHP or Social work core qualification o Masters Qualification AND Registration with a professional regulatory body (HCPC, GMC, NMC or Social Work England). (If a different regulatory body please seek advice from Head of Psychological Professions) AND For Psychological therapists: a qualification that provides eligibility for accreditation in one of the four Governed Psychological Therapies


  • Registration with BPS or other professional body
  • Training in leadership



  • Working as a qualified highly specialist applied psychologist or psychological therapist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as lead professional within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Liaison and joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Teaching, training, clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.
  • Undertaking and supervising research and service development projects
  • Project management of quality and service improvement initiatives.
  • Providing clinical and professional leadership to other qualified and non-qualified members of the psychological professions.
  • Managing multi-agency service delivery models.
  • Working at a strategic level
  • Quality Assurance and Governance issues.



  • Must be able to: Provide effective clinical leadership to teams across the service based in multiple sites across the locality and demonstrate operating at a strong level across the following 5 dimensions of the Healthcare Leadership Model: o Leading with care o Inspiring a shared purpose o Engaging the team o Holding to account o Evaluating information
  • operating at a proficient level (to be strong within 12 months in post) across the following 4 dimensions of the HLM: o Sharing the vision o Developing capability o Influencing for results o Connecting our service
  • Communicate highly complex, highly sensitive and highly contentious information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Articulate the value added by applied psychology services within the context of multidisciplinary mental health and learning disability healthcare provision.
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team.
  • Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.

personal attributes


  • Able to work in accordance with the Trust Values.
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a Team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development.
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, theories and application

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

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Flexible across Durham Tees Valley



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