Senior Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year
Closing date
31 May 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Job summary

Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit two suitably qualified Clinical Psychologists across the Stroke and Memory services in Barnsley.

The positions are being offered as Band 7/8a preceptorships or Band 8a dependant on knowledge and experience. In total there is 1.0 WTE for the Stroke Service and 0.6 WTE for the Memory Service. We would welcome enquiries from suitable individuals who would be interested in working either across both services or into one or the other as stand-alone posts.

The post holders will be joining cohesive and well-established multi-disciplinary teams and will be focused on providing a full range of psychological and neuropsychological assessment and interventions within the teams.

This advert is for the Stroke Service post, the Memory Service post is also currently being advertised on NHS Jobs.

The Stroke Service is based at Kendray Hospital with free parking available. The role will cover both the inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Unit and the Early Supported Discharge (ESD) Community service. We expect candidates to have a passion for working with the client group and relevant transferable skills and experience. We would expect neuropsychological and psychological assessment skills, as well as intervention skills relevant to the client group and their families and carers. There is potential to work flexible hours and some hybrid working.

Staff are encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients

Main duties of the job

The Stroke Rehabilitation Service provides assessment, and support for stroke survivors and their carers.

The psychologist role includes providing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments to service users, as well as appropriate psychological support and interventions to individuals and carers. You will be working with an extensive MDT including Doctors, Nurses, OTs, SaLTs and Physios as well as an Assistant Psychologist, and as such will be expected to provide consultancy, supervision and clinical leadership both on a formal and informal basis as appropriate. There are opportunities for service evaluation and development. There is some flexibility around the duties of the role which can be discussed either prior to interview or at interview.

There are opportunities for supervising other psychologists and to offer placements to trainee clinical psychologists and the service maintains close links with the Psychology Department at the University of Sheffield. The successful applicants will be joining a supportive network of psychologists at different levels across the Trust who work in the broad specialisms around the needs of older people.

Candidates with enthusiasm for the area and transferable skills, even if not having the specific skills outlined above, are encouraged to apply or make informal contact, as the service is open to supporting individuals to access training and development opportunities to be able to fulfil all roles of the posts.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

The post holder will provide specialist clinical psychology skills within a multidisciplinary team. The post holder will provide a high quality clinical service to the users of the service.

They will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention while working collaboratively with non-psychologist colleagues, professionals from other agencies and carers. They will be clinically responsible to a senior clinical psychologist. Clinical oversight of all work will be held by the clinical lead in the service.

The job plan will be delivered in the services the post is based.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team while observing Trust and National policies and procedures.

The post holder will provide support to Assistant Psychologists and Doctoral trainees. They will utilise research skills in audit, service development and research relevant to the post.


To offer consultation, supervision and training when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of people referred to the service.

To provide consultation, assessment and intervention in the service.

To work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary context.
  • To provide assessment and treatment options for people experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health problems.
  • To exercise expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practise.
  • To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training, experience, and supervision.
  • To be proficient in the use of Psychometric testing appropriate to the age range.
  • To provide specialist risk assessment of and intervention to people who present to the service.

  • BAND 8A

    This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed. The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.


    The post holder will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients as part of the multidisciplinary team within the service.

    Provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention.

    Provide advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, and other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines, and the overall framework of the team and trusts policies and procedures.

    Supervise and support Psychology Assistants, Trainees and Band 7 HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists.

    To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the areas served by the team/service.


    (e.g. budgetary or supervisory responsibilities)

    To offer consultation and supervision when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of service users.

    To provide supervision of Band 7 Clinical Psychologists, doctoral level clinical psychology trainees, assistant psychologists and trainees from other disciplines as appropriate.

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment for service users experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health/psychological problems 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 observation and semi-structured interviews with service users, their family and/or carers.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and/or management of mental health/psychological and/or behavioural difficulties based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and exercising expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practice across a full range of care settings.
  • To establish rapport and build effective working relationships with service users and all those involved in their psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To work jointly with other team members and professionals in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to service users and, where appropriate, their families/carers.

  • For full job description please see attached supporting documents

    Person Specification



    • Band 7
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    • Hons Degree in Psychology
    • Doctoral qualification clinical psychology
    • Appropriate safeguarding training
    • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist
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    • Band 8a
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    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
    • Significant Post qualification experience in a Setting relevant to the post HCPC Registration as a Clinical Psychologist


    • Band 7
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    • 2:1 min
    • Eligible for chartered status



    • Band 7
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    • Completion of supervised clinical practice in the NHS
    • Ability to work within two models of psychological assessment, formulation, and intervention
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    • Band 8a
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    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • Frequent, protracted sustained and intense concentration
    • Show respect and treat people with dignity
    • Be able to give bad news sensitively
    • Be able to sustain empathy in difficult situations
    • Be aware of all interviewees in any situation


    • Band 7
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    • Experience in working with service users in the clinical area of the post
    • Different theoretical approaches
    • Work with other disciplines
    • Work with people who have disabilities
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    • Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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