Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Sep 2023

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I'm Pedro Grilo, the Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the adult inpatient wards at CPFT. I have worked here for 2 years and, if you are successful, I will be your line manager. I am excited to advertise this opportunity to join my team, working in our Adult Mental Health Inpatient wards. I have worked in inpatient settings since 2009. For me, the inpatient setting offers greater development opportunities because of the diversity of presentations you work with. I also enjoy the fast-paced, collaborative, and supportive work environment on the wards.

We have 4 adult inpatient wards based at the Cavell Centre (AAU, Treatment, Recovery, and PICU). If you are successful, you will focus on providing input and support across the Treatment and Recovery wards. The role is in its infancy, and the successful candidate will have some scope to shape their portfolio under my guidance. Unlike a community role, a significant part of this role will involve working with the nursing team, providing reflective practice sessions, joint formulation and supporting the development of behavioural interventions for nursing staff. You will, of course, carry a small caseload of patients from the Treatment and Recovery wards. I am passionate about developing staff and there are significant opportunities in this role for professional development. If you are interested in the opportunity, please get in touch.

Main duties of the job

If you are successful, you will be providing support and input for our Treatment and Recovery wards in Peterborough. You will be expected to provide specialist psychological assessments and formulation for the psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental and/or health problems. You will also be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions. As a senior clinician you will be expected to adjust and refine treatments and formulations based on different explanatory models.

Your role will also involve working with the wider multidisciplinary team (MDT) to promote and support psychologically minded practice. You will be expected to provide advice and consultation for your MDT colleagues. Supporting your colleagues may also involve providing clinical supervision for psychological interventions. If you are successful, you will need to liaise with other professionals in CPFT and our partner organisations to provide expertise and specialist psychological advice, guidance, and consultation to support the analysis of client' problems and disorders.

This is a multifaceted role, and if you are successful, there is a significant opportunity for, and I would support you in, developing and piloting innovative practice to provide better support for our service users and colleagues in the Treatment and Recovery wards.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • To support the Consultant Psychologist in leading a team of clinical and applied psychologists across CPFTs adult mental health inpatient pathway wards and their associated CRHT (crisis resolution home treatment) teams. To deputise as required for the Consultant Psychologist.
  • To support the Consultant Psychologist to ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality clinical psychology service to adults admitted to CPFT adult mental health in-patient wards and CRHT.
  • To provide local (The Cavell Centre) leadership for in-patient psychology including professional supervision/management responsibilities for psychologists - recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs. (To be based at The Cavell Centre, Peterborough)
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.
  • To act as a highly specialist resource for the wider professional community (CPFT and partner agencies)

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling forensic psychology (or equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Training in supervision of trainee clinical/counselling/forensic psychologists.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-doctoral training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice of an extensive and substantial nature
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.


  • Postgraduate training in one or more forms of specialist psychological therapy - e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CBTp, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work, substance abuse, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and compassion focussed approaches.
  • Full membership of the Division of Clinical Psychology or ACP-UK



  • Significant experience of working as a qualified psychologist within an inpatient psychiatric setting.
  • Experience of working effectively in a senior clinical role within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of adult mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.


  • Experience of delivering supervision to non-psychology MDT staff.
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Commitment to working within in-patient mental health and the development and delivery of high quality effective interventions.

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable and innovative.
  • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.


  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in relevant specialist psychological assessment of adults(e.g. substance abuse, neuropsychology etc)
  • High-level knowledge and skills in working with families and carers.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, psychological aspects of physical health difficulties, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field ofDoctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychological medicine. psychological medicine.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health.
  • An interest in models of service delivery, and an ability to articulate the value added by psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary services.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge and experience of recovery informed approaches, rehabilitation and coproduction.
  • Understanding of relevant National polices and their implications for service development.

Physical Requirements


  • Physical effort - ability to exert moderate physical effort during a session. Ability to sit for extended periods effort during a session. Ability to sit for extended periods



  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to articulate clearly the role of the profession of clinical psychology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.
  • Demonstrates enthusiasm for service initiatives. Has a commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit, and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to exercise appropriate levels of self care and monitor own state, recognising when it is necessary to take active steps to maintain fitness to practice.
  • Able to travel to other bases as required.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books
  • Evidence of specific examples of further leadership, training and service development/ delivery

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