Clinical Psychologist

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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

The post is based at Lexden Hospital, Colchester, in the Learning DisabilitiesCommunity MDT Team. The post holder will join the Psychology Team and provide input for the Team. The work is varied involving individual direct work and indirect work to colleagues and external providers. The team is well established and the Psychology Service uses a variety of therapeutic approaches. The Psychology Service has good links with clinical psychology training courses for which it provides trainee placements. The post holder would be joining a very innovative and supportive Trust.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the post include provide direct support and indirect consultation for service users, and their care providers. The main duties would include direct clinical work, indirect consultation, and promoting psychologically informed practice within the wider MDT. The post holder will provide supervision to clinical psychology trainees and psychology assistant.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to adults with learning disabilities of all ability levels, their service providers and carers within North Essex, plus in-patient services as required. To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions, as well as offering advice and consultation on service user psychological care to non-psychology colleagues and other non-professional carers. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures. To use research skills for audit, service development and research. To contribute to identifying key areas and priorities for psychology service provision.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or approved equivalent
  • Registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice



  • Experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist for a minimum of four years with at least two years with people with a learning disability.
  • Experience of working with a range of people, across the range of clinical severity in community and residential settings.
  • Experience of working in team with multiple disciplines and managing complex inter-disciplinary situations.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of Clinical Psychology in different cultural contexts


  • Experience in managing and leading service development projects.
  • Experience in providing psychological consultation to other service providers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.



  • Skills in methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues, both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the psychological theory and practice in relation to difficult to treat groups (e.g. people with challenging behaviour, personality disorder, dual diagnoses or additional disabilities.)
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and analysis within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.


  • Advanced level knowledge and skill in the theory and practice of at least two recognised approaches to psychological practice.
  • Significant knowledge of and skills in working with people with very challenging behaviour including providing and promoting appropriate support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations.
  • Skills in providing psychological consultation to commissioner and other service providers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors.

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