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Clinical Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Band 8a Clinical Psychologist

CAMHS Inpatient service - The Lookout

An exciting opportunity has become available to join the therapeutic team at the Lookout Child and Adolescent inpatient unit. We currently have a vacancy for an Band 8a, Clinical Psychologists full time (37.5 hours per week). We would also consider developing this role as a preceptorship post Band 7-8a and welcome applications from trainee clinical psychologists due to qualify in 2024.

The Lookout is a purpose-built unit and consists of three wards, (general admissions, eating disorders and Psychiatric intensive care) supporting young people aged 13 to 18. We have an onsite school and provide a range of recreational activities for our young people, including baking, music and trips out (we even had a reindeer visit at Christmas).

Despite the apparent specialist nature of the post, it offers an opportunity to use all the transferable skills gained through training in a rewarding setting.

Main duties of the job

The post will be part of the wider psychology provision serving all three inpatient units (covering general, PICU and eating disorders) and will be supported by senior colleagues including the Lead Clinical Psychologist.

Your main duties include:
  • Providing specialist psychological assessment of young people who reside within the Lookout facility.
  • Working with the MDT to implement psychological interventions for clients, their families and care systems.
  • Providing specialist psychological advice and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to client's formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • Providing Supervision to staff.
  • Taking an active role in service development and research.
  • Providing formal and informal training relating to psychological and mental health issues.

About us

We have a huge variety of opportunities in our expansive Trust covering geographically from South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire to Leicester, providing mental health inpatient and community services, community health services, forensic mental health services and secure prison healthcare across the East Midlands.

We have more than 100 sites and a huge scope of unique opportunities to develop your career and gain some amazing experiences. We strive to be a great place to work and offer many staff benefits and tailored staff support and wellbeing programmes.

Do you want to make a difference?

Do you believe in Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork?

Then Nottinghamshire Healthcare is the perfect place for you to start, maintain or further your career. Join our team of nearly 9000 who are making a difference every day. We are all about our people - our staff, volunteers, carers, service users and patients. We are NottsHC.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The postholder will become part of the psychology team serving all three inpatient units (covering general, PICU and eating disorders) and will be supported by senior colleagues including the Lead Clinical Psychologist. You will work with a varied caseload of young people

Psychologists are encouraged to pursue a range of CPD to further develop their skills. As a team we meet regularly for CPD and psychology specific business meetings. recent psychology training opportunities have included, DDP and CFT. There is also provision for peer supervision and specialist supervision where required. Clinical supervision is highly valued and Band 8a psychologists will be offered monthly supervision from a clinical psychologist. If entering the role as a band 7 preceptor, clinical supervision will be offered fortnightly for a period of time until it would transition to monthly.

Working on the units offers Psychologists the opportunity to work intensively with young people. The unit provides a holistic support package and young people benefit from accessing wider disciplines including occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, social work, psychiatry and nursing. You will hold a small caseload and work alongside a range of therapists including systemic, arts therapists and DBT. You will be key in shaping MDT care plans and developing and sharing formulations. In addition to 1:1 work you will be encouraged to consider and support team dynamics. For example, there will be opportunities to provide reflective practice groups, compassionate leadership and staff training.

Psychology is a well-respected discipline within the units and together the MDT has worked to create a psychologically informed environment. This is a great place to be a psychologist.

We work closely with psychologists across Nottinghamshire CAMHS and as such you would benefit from the integrated, friendly, and supportive group of over 15 Psychologists. These work in a variety of services including Community, Children Looked After services and other specialist services. There are good opportunities for joint projects, research and shadowing across all areas of CAMHS. There are good links with the DClinpsy courses at Trent, Sheffield and Leicester University. We are currently hosting Clinical trainees, Masters students and CAPs and would encourage the post holder to develop their supervision experience.

There is a monthly CAMHS research group that you may join if interested, which facilitates the development of both internal research ideas as well as larger multi-site studies.

Experience of working within or closely with inpatient services would be helpful but not essential.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of this job or wish to arrange an informal visit please contact Samantha Clarke via or 0115 8440500

Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details relating to the role.

Person Specification



  • oExperience of providing specialist clinical psychology services to children & young people aged 0-18 and their families.
  • Experience in the assessment of children, young people and their families across a broad range of mental health difficulties / needs.
  • Experience in applying psychological therapy in the treatment of complex mental health needs.
  • Experience in the assessment and treatment of children & YP with ADHD & ASD presentations.
  • Experience working with a wide range of populations including clients from BME groups
  • Experience of MDT / Multiagency working
  • Experience of consultation and or training to CAMHS and other service staff supporting Children and their families


  • Experience of working in or alongside Tier 4 highly specialist inpatient provision for children & young people with highly complex mental health needs
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.
  • Experience of clinical audit and/or service evaluation
  • Experience of teaching



  • Doctoral level qualification in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the health care Professionals Council (HCPC)

Knowledge & skills


  • Knowledge of the theory and practices of specialist psychological therapies as practised within the field of clinical psychology and relevant to children, young people and their families who present with complex mental health difficulties.
  • Knowledge of the application of psychological approaches within Tier 4 CAMHS
  • Knowledge of approaches or models of working appropriate to children & young people and their families. oKnowledge of approaches or models of working specific to children with ID, ADHD & ASD.
  • Knowledge of guidelines / policy informing best practice within mental services including inpatient care for children & their families / carers.
  • Knowledge of research and models of good practice that inform direct and indirect working within CAMHS


  • Knowledge of Trauma informed care.
  • Knowledge of specialist trauma interventions.



  • Specialist skills in establishing and developing therapeutic relationships with clients with complex clinical presentations.
  • Experience of delivering specialist assessment and interventions in relation to complex mental health needs .
  • Experience of working therapeutically through others such as staff, parents or carer s
  • To communicate in skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulatio n and treatment options of clients
  • Research and Audit skill to evidence the efficacy of specialist interventions, and to evaluate patient experience including the development of appropriate outcomes measure for the service.
  • Excellent communication s kills both written and verbal.
  • IT Skills including use of Word, Excel, Outlook and patient information systems.


  • Assessment of children & young people with possible Intellectual and neurodevelopmental difficulties
  • Previous experience of Research & or Audit activity undertaken within a Specialist CAMHS setting.
  • Providing consultation, support and supervision to other professionals who work with vulnerable populations.

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust



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