Principal Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Bay Urgent Care Pathway is seeking to recruit a clinical psychologists to take principal roles within our Home Based Treatment Teams.

We have taken the opportunity to redesign the post in order to reflect the need for our clinicians to have a well-rounded, broad role within the service. We will encourage successful candidates to co-design the evolving roles, and work together with three other HBTT Principal Psychologists across the trust. Currently the role will focus on developing psychological thinking and support within the teams, offering clinical supervision, assessment, formulation and brief interventions. We would welcome a discussion on broadening the roles out to suit the successful candidate, for example in being able to offer longer term therapies in certain contexts, or to offer further training as necessary

We are developing a sustainable plan to support and grow the service, which means that we would like to be able to cater to the complex and diverse population in The Bay. We would also want to support our clinicians to help 'grow our own' in offering specific models or innovative opportunities to trainees from the local DClinPsy course. All psychologists in The Bay are encouraged to develop a specific area of interest or research, for example, helping to address issues related to health inequalities or community / asset based models of care, QI improvement training, or leadership and management skills, and will be supported to develop these.

Main duties of the job

Relocation costs will be considered, as part of the standard NHS conditions of service. The Bay is a great place to live it will offer the opportunity to work with a wide range of client groups and will suit any clinicians looking to develop their work with a focus on community, inequality and engagement.

To be responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients within a designated area of responsibility.

To supervise and support psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the designated area of responsibility.

To utilise research skills, audit, policy and service development and research and implement policy changes within the areas served by the team/service in agreement with the relevant manager.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists



  • 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 co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervising.
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting complex audit/research and service evaluation

Skills and Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to sustain intense levels of concentration responding and participating as required.
  • Ability to self reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Furness Home Based Treatment Team



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