Clinical Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative, creative and enthusiastic Band 8 Psychologist to join the Peterborough Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team. The Crisis team operate at the interface between community and acute care systems, supporting people in crisis flexibly, often at home. The team also support families and carers, and liaise with the other supporting teams and agencies involved in people's care.

The Peterborough Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment is accredited by the Royal College of Psychiatrists (HTAS) and has a strong focus on delivering high quality care to service users and their friends and family.

Main duties of the job

Under the overall co-ordination of the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, to provide a qualified Clinical Psychology service to patients of the Crisis and Home Treatment Team and with some input to the admission ward (AAU).

To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and intervention.

To work with patients in crisis and their carers who at times are experiencing high levels of distress and some of whom may become challenging both verbally and physically.

To provide advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other carers.

To contribute to the training and supervision of non-psychologist staff inpsychological interventions; working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

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

The post does not have any budgetary responsibilities.

To work with patients within their own homes and other community and NHS venues. At times there will be lone working in these environments, where there is an expectation to follow the relevant safety protocols.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.

To provide psychological assessments of patients referred to the Crisis and Home Treatment (CRHT) based upon complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others.

To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations integrating information from a range of sources and to communicate these with colleagues to inform care plans (as above).

To develop and implement plans for the psychological treatment and/or management of a patients mental health illness.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options, working in a collaborative way.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients, and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines and under the overall co-ordination of the supervising Clinical Psychologist and CRHT leadershipteam.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients of the service.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological understanding of risk assessment and management, in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.

To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, information that may be highly contentious or distressing.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS/HCPC
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of patients across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different contexts
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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


  • Lived experience of mental health
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Skills & Abilities


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management
  • Planning and organising skills for caseload management
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice
  • Able to tolerate ambiguity and to take decisions in situations of incomplete information
  • Motivated towards personal and professional development with a strong CPD record


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised, evidence based psychological therapies in specific groups (e.g. personality disorders, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • Ability to deliver family interventions

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and its implications for clinical and professional practice
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups

Physical Requirements


  • Ability to tolerate sitting for extended periods

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