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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has a arisen for a Principal Clinical Psychologist to join the Somerset-wide early intervention in psychosis service (Somerset Team for Early Psychosis -STEP).

You'll provide specialist clinical leadership and a high quality specialist clinical service to young people/adults, across inpatient and community settings, within the Somerset-wide early interventions in psychosis service. This includes providing psychological assessment, formulation and therapy to young people and adults across inpatient and community settings.

Somerset Foundation NHS Trust seeks to find innovative solutions to meeting the mental health needs of Somerset Community. It is a trailblazer site for the implementation of the Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older AdultsCommunity Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults.

Main duties of the job

The role will include the provision of highly specialised psychological assessment and interventions, comprehensive risk assessment, supervision and consultation to other members of the team, as well as contributing to team training of staff.

You'll work alongside Community Mental Health Service that have challenged the traditional boundaries between primary and secondary care in partnership with Service Users and the Voluntary Sector and Community Enterprise

The base is negotiable but you'll be expected to work flexibly to meet the needs of team members who are co-located with CMHS staff as part of our hub-and-spoke structure.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

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 is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the governance of clinical/ psychological practice.
  • Youll lead and contribute to service development and evaluation. Liaison with a wide range of partners is central to the role.
  • To supervise the highly specialist assessment and treatment provided by multidisciplinary colleagues including pre-qualification clinicians within STEP.
  • To undertake consultation, teaching, research and development activity as a major job responsibility.
  • To contribute to psychological aspects of policy development within early interventions in psychosis services.

Please see the attached job description for full duties.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin. Psychol or equivalent) & eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status in the British Psychological Society.
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Further Training or experience in Clinical Specialism


  • Post graduate accredited training in Family Interventions for Psychosis
  • Post graduate accredited training in CBT for Psychosis



  • Broad knowledge of specialist services and of services in the NHS where psychology is commonly applied
  • Extensive knowledge of the skills, practice and knowledge base of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of the policy context of specialist psychological services within the organisation and of clinical leadership arrangements in mental health services
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, particularly severe mental health problems such as psychosis, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings
  • Experience of teaching/training and supervision.
  • Experience of working with complex trauma and with systems working around people who have experienced trauma. Experience of working with both young people and adults

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Foundation House

Wellsprings Road



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