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Lead Psychologist Inpatient Urgent Care (Band 8b)

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
23 Sep 2023
Are you ready to step into an exciting lead role in our Inpatient and Urgent Care Psychology service? Do you enjoy working in a fast moving, dynamic environment and working with multidisciplinary colleagues to deliver the best possible care for people? Are you passionate about Trauma Informed Care for people who are experiencing a crisis with their mental health?

We have an opportunity for an experienced Psychologist to be responsible for high quality service provision and to contribute to the strategic development of the psychological input provided by the psychology service and our multidisciplinary colleagues. This is an exciting time to join the service you will be working with the Clinical Lead to help develop and coproduce the clinical model across teams, and will be working to further embed Trauma Informed Care in the multidisciplinary teams.

We are a friendly and supportive team and service. We are keen to support you to further your skills, knowledge and experience, and to support your career development. There are opportunities to be involved in research.

Main duties of the job

In your clinical role you will have opportunities to apply your psychological expertise in assessment, formulation and interventions, through direct clinical work with service users and their families or carers, and through facilitating team formulations and consultations. You will have opportunities to apply your experience in supervision and teaching with psychological, psychological therapy, and multidisciplinary colleagues. We strive to support staff wellbeing, and offer reflective practice, clinical supervision, staff support and post incident supportive conversations as part of this. The Trust has an active staff wellbeing service.

In your lead role you will have responsibility for the delivery of the psychology and psychological therapy input for the Acute Adult Wards and Home Treatment Teams in the East of the County, and for further developing this. You will work closely with Team and Service Managers, the Clinical Lead, and with our community colleagues as part of this. You will have responsibility for supporting smooth transitions for people who are moving between Teams and Services.

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

  • Provide highly specialist Clinical Leadership across the Trust for service users with complex severe and enduring mental health difficulties across the urgent care pathway.
  • Coordinate and provide specialist assessment, formulation, consultation, training and supervision.
  • Provide operational management within adult mental health services as required.
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for their practice whilst utilising research skills for audit, policy and service development.
  • Contribute to policy changes within the areas supported by the service and assess the needs of service users, suggesting areas for development
  • Work alongside colleagues in psychological services to ensure effective implementation of best practice.

See Job Description for detailed responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent
  • Substantial further training or qualification in one or more psychological therapies


  • Specialist Supervision Training
  • Training in Leadership and Management



  • Substantial experience working with adults with severe and enduring mental health needs
  • Previous leadership experience in clinical service


  • Experience working as a qualified psychologist in inpatient and urgent care (with acute wards and / or home treatment teams)
  • Experience of leading and delivering quality improvement / service development projects
  • Experience of developing psychologically informed environments
  • Experience of working across the lifespan and across a range of specialities



  • Experienced in the practice of specialist evidence based psychological therapies (eg CBT, MBT, etc.)


  • Skills and experience in teaching multi-disciplinary professionals, and of designing training programmes

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Yeovil / to be agreed


BA20 2BX

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