Clinical Psychologist - Managing Risk

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
31 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Child Family Health Devon (CFHD) is the place to be! Our services for children and young people are transforming. We are developing an innovative, integrated model of childrens community services and looking for enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly and dedicated pathways. Come and join us in beautiful Devon!

As a large community service, you will be joining a strong, enthusiastic and supportive group of professionals who will be your peers, your phone a friend network and your inspiring colleagues. This provides a real sense of professional collaboration at work, that will be an asset to your daily work, your career development and your support network.

In line with transformation, we are excited to be advertise a new full time Clinical Psychology role in our Managing Risk Pathway.

Its an exciting time of change as we develop needs-led pathways under iThrive. We are passionate about our work and are committed to providing high quality services across Devon to improve outcomes for children and young people.

We would love to hear from qualifying colleagues and those with more experience seeking a new role in an innovative service at an exciting time of change.

Please see our other adverts for additional Clinical Psychology vacancies in CFHD. If you are interested in more than one role, please submit one application, making it clear which pathways you are interested in.

Main duties of the job

As a Clinical Psychologist, you will be offering high-quality psychological care to children and young people experiencing significant and complex mental health difficulties and their families. You will bring advanced formulation skills and consultation to your team alongside wider service development contributions. More detail about the pathways can be found in the Job Description section.

There will be CPD opportunities to support you. These may be to consolidate and develop knowledge and skills or to support you in transferring skills from another specialism. We encourage interest from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences, both personal and professional.

You will have regular clinical supervision and separate line management. You will be supported with a job plan and opportunities to develop supervision and leadership alongside using research skills and engaging in service development. There is a strong and friendly network of Clinical Psychologists working across CFHD, enjoying shared CPD and professional support. We also have excellent links with local Doctoral courses for teaching and Trainee placements.

We are able to consider applications for part time as well as full time roles.

About us

Successful applicants will be employed by Devon Partnership Trust ( )

Children and Family Health Devon (CFHD) comprises an Alliance of NHS organisations working together to improve health outcomes for children and young people in Devon.

CFHD provides integrated care and treatment for children and young people across physical and mental health. We are working closely with other organisations and providers to ensure we deliver locality and county-wide-based integrated access to all of our services, based on the i-Thrive Framework.

CFHD works closely with our local universities of Plymouth, Exeter & the Peninsula Medical School where we support students in clinical training placements and in addition support our own staff to undertake post graduate training.

Our integrated care and treatment has been developed and refined in partnership with children, young people and their families/carers.

Our children and young people say

We would like the people who work for Children and Family Health Devon to be understanding, patient and respectful. They should be trustworthy and make us feel safe and comfortable. It is important that they use their skills and experience to listen carefully in a non-patronising and non-judgemental way. When staff are positive and friendly, they help to create an environment that is informal and without pressure.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will be a qualified Clinical Psychologist with passion for working with children, young people and families. You will have the knowledge and skills to deliver evidence-based and outcome monitored psychological therapies. You will be a reflective practitioner with strengths to bring to a multi-disciplinary team. You will be committed to service user participation and collaborative working with children, young people, parents, carers and families. You will have a good understanding of safeguarding across the lifespan. You will have, or be willing to develop skills and knowledge to support the development of others, such as supervision and training, as well as clinical leadership skills to contribute to quality improvement and service development.

Information about the Managing Risk Pathway

Managing Risk is a county-wide pathway with locality hubs within it, which lends itself to the location being negotiable dependent on an individuals needs so long as service needs can be met.

In this pathway, the appointed Clinical Psychologist will work in a multi-disciplinary team, which includes Clinical Psychology, Consultant Psychiatry, Systemic Psychotherapy, Mental Health Nursing, Assistant Practitioners and Mental Health Practitioners from a broad range of backgrounds.

Colleagues working in this pathway provide an acute crisis response as well as offering therapeutic work to families with specific emphasis on adolescents with complex and severe mental health problems. The team works to an AMBIT framework alongside a broad spectrum of therapeutic modalities being used.

As a Clinical Psychologist in the team, your role will include risk assessment and management, the provision of specialist advice/consultation, complex psychological assessment, liaison with other agencies, short-term clinical psychology interventions, clinical supervision and teaching. There are also opportunities for involvement in service development and research as well as activities to support developing leadership skills.

Main contact:

Lucy Eyre, Operations Manager for the Managing Risk Pathway -

Dr Hannah Baxter, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Associate Clinical Director & Lead for Psychological Therapies

Person Specification



  • A Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent e.g. Masters level qualification in Clinical Psychology if qualified before 1996.
  • Active registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC.


  • Post-qualification specialist therapy/assessment training relevant to children and young people
  • Post-qualification training or proven equivalent experience in supervision.

Knowledge, skills and abilities


  • Understanding of relevant legislation pertaining to children.
  • High level knowledge of Clinical presentations in children and young people
  • Ability to travel and work in a variety of locations, e.g. clinic base, schools, home visits.



  • Experience of working collaboratively with service users and their families/carers, including using goal-based care and routine outcome measures in practice.
  • Experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team and across agencies
  • Experience of working with a range of children and young people with complex needs maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal abuse
  • Experience of undertaking specialist psychological assessments and providing evidence based interventions, with the ability to work with complex needs and undertake risk assessments.
  • Experience in providing teaching and training
  • Experience of safeguarding children and ensuring the safety of young people in partnership with other agencies as appropriate.
  • Experience that evidences an ability to attend to diversity and work in a way that promotes anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Experience of managing and processing emotionally distressing information, seeking support as required


  • Experience in using neuropsychological assessments of cognitive functioning and/or learning disabilities in the context of diagnostic assessments of learning disabilities.
  • Experience of the assessment of capacity to consent and providing consultation to capacity assessments across a range of issues.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Integrated Childrens Services

Fishleigh Road

Roundswell Business Park



EX31 3UD

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