Clinical Psychologist Inpatient Urgent Care

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Wells and Yeovil
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2023
If you have a passion for Trauma Informed Care and for supporting teams to work in a Trauma Informed way then we have an exciting opportunity for you. We are looking for an 8a Psychologist with a passion for enabling services users of Inpatient and Home Treatment Teams to benefit from psychology.

As the 8a Psychologist for the teams, you will work with the Psychology Clinical Lead to provide a comprehensive and progressive psychology service for Inpatient and Urgent Care.

Main duties of the job

Your role will involve complex psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for service users and family members. You will support and guide the Assistant Psychologists and Trainee / Qualified Clinical Associate Psychologists to provide high quality brief and short interventions, both group and individual.

Your role will involve contributing to the team formulations, reflective practice, clinical supervision and staff support sessions provided by the service. This is to promote trauma informed care and staff wellbeing. You will also contribute to the development and provision of training for teams.

You will be encouraged to offer placements for psychology trainees, and to network with the wider community of psychologists and psychological therapists in the Trust. You will be encouraged to oversee and supervise service improvement projects. You will be supported in continuing professional development, and to consider research opportunities.

There is some flexibility with this post for candidates who may have a particular interest in working with either inpatient services or Home Treatment Teams. You are welcome to contact us for further information and to arrange an informal visit.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

Put people using the service at the centre of everything we do.

Include all people, without discrimination, over the age of 18, without upper age limit.

Will work within the urgent care pathway to provide a psychology service for people admitted to the acute adult wards and who are on the home treatment team caseloads with complex comorbid physical and mental health problems.

Provide specialised psychological assessment and interventions, comprehensive risk assessment for service users.

Provide clinical supervision, reflective practice, and training for psychology and multidisciplinary team members, and consultation to other teams.

Take a role in supporting the team to develop skills and competencies in relation to formulation and psychosocial interventions for people with complex mental health presentations and advocate for psychological approaches/interventions.

Support team members to improve awareness of psychological interventions both through education, supervision and through joint working or interventions as part of a care plan.

See Job Description for further details.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical and Counselling Psychologist with active registration as Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • Further training in clinical specialism


  • Further training and qualification in an evidence based psychological therapy



  • Demonstrates extensive knowledge of the skills, practice and knowledge base of Clinical Psychology



  • Experience of working in adult mental health services with people with severe and complex mental health needs
  • Experience of working in inpatient and urgent care
  • Experience of teaching / training and of clinical supervision of health care professionals
  • Experience of working with complex trauma and with systems working around people who have experienced trauma


  • Experience of neuropsychological assessment
  • Experience of leadership roles within psychology in the NHS

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

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Wells and Yeovil

Wells and Yeovil

BA20 2BX

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