Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year per annum
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We are excited to be able to offer a new development post within the Northumberland Children and Young People's service.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with a passion for working with children, young people and their families.

The post is working into our mental health and learning disabilities pathway so skills and interest in both learning disabilities and mental health would be beneficial. The role will involve assessment, formulation and intervention within this pathway as well as support and supervisions for other colleagues in the pathway. There will be scope for work into both parts of the pathway so this post will offer a lot of variety and development opportunities.

This is a permanent position and would be an ideal post for a newly qualified clinician (applications from trainees in their last year of training would be welcomed) or a more experienced Band 7 Clinical Psychologist who would like to expand on their CYPS experience and subsequently move into an 8a role. You will receive regular supervision and support from the psychology team as well as the clinical leads, managers and the wider team.

We have a supportive psychological practitioners network (which includes clinical and counselling psychologists, family therapists, psychological therapists, art therapy and child psychotherapy) that meets on a regular basis that provides opportunities for audit, research and CPD.

Main duties of the job

The post holders will be fully supported to enable them to progress to Band 8a within 2 years of having been in a Band 7 role. This will require successful completion of a mutually agreed development plan, demonstration of the experience, skills, knowledge and competencies required and confirmation of their suitability to progress by an assessment panel.

If the requirements are not fully achieved by the 2 years the post holder will remain as a Band 7 and this outcome will be managed as part of the contract conditions agreed with the post holder at the outset

As a core team member you will be involved in the specialised assessment, formulation, treatment and review of children and young people in the mental health and learning disability pathway alongside colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team.

You will have experiences in evidence based interventions such as PBS, CBT, EMDR, DBT, Systemic Therapy and can adapt these for work with children and young people.

You will have the ability to work flexibly to manage the complexities relating to the needs of young people we work with.

You will provide compassionate care that is based on empathy, kindness, respect and dignity.

Whilst primarily a clinical role you will also support the team by providing supervision, consultation and training.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 23rd May 2023

Closing date : 6th June 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qualification


  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology as accredited by the HCPC and British Psychological Society
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist (or eligible once qualified in case of those still training)

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex multivariable data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload and to function with a high degree of clinical autonomy regarding choice of therapeutic interventions/ models and entry to and discharge from own caseload.
  • A high level ability to communicate effectively complex, technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of staff groups.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of delivering and interpreting psychometric measures
  • Experience with children and young people

Skills and Competencies


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Skills in evidence based psychological interventions relevant to client group
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Personal Characteristics


  • Effective interpersonal skills and ability to work well in multi-disciplinary/agency teams.

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