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Senior Clinical Psychologist

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to trauma-informed care in a community mental health setting in which the expectations of the work will be broad and varied. You will be joining a large and friendly multidisciplinary team in which there are great prospects for developing a good range of skills in a supportive and dynamic environment. The psychological therapies team works in an integrated way with all members of the Recovery team and is valued by the team. The Recovery team aims to promote an optimum level ofrecovery, independence and social inclusion for each individual.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking to recruit a highly motivated and compassionate Clinical Psychologist to work as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team.

You should be able to demonstrate an enthusiasm and willingness to work proactively in both multi-disciplinary teams and within a multi-agency context. This role provides excellent opportunities for developing your skills in both direct and indirect team working, within a supportive team of experienced psychological therapists.

The job will involve working alongside experienced MDT colleagues to offer one-to-one evidence-based psychological interventions to service users and their families, contributing to and delivering group work. The role also includes joint and indirect work with colleagues (team formulation, staff training, support and consultation around psychological issues) and appropriate audit, service development, evaluation and research activities as required.

The post will suit a candidate with experience of work with adults with complex presentations, such as psychosis, bipolar disorder, complex trauma and personality difficulties. The psychological therapies team includes both clinical psychologists and CBT therapists who offer a range of interventions including CAT, CBT, EMDR, ACT, family work, DBT-informed work, and CFT.

About us

We are passionate about providing the very best care to the people we support, and we're looking for amazing people who share this passion to join us.

What is it that makes our Trust such a special place to work? Well, it's all about the people. Our staff, service users, carers and families all come from such diverse backgrounds and all have expertise and stories to share.

It's important that you feel supported in your role, that the people who you work with are as passionate as you are and that your health and wellbeing is taken care of

If you're interested in developing your career, you'll have access to a range of training and education opportunities, including apprenticeships, work experience and placements, as well as the chance to get involved in research.

We are all very proud of the difference we make to people's lives each and every day and if that's something that you'd like to be part of we'd love to have you with us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a qualified highly specialist clinical psychology and therapy service to service users of the North Recovery Service. To provide specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering highly specialised advice and consultation on service users psychological care to psychologist/therapist colleagues, non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non-professional carers. In common with all Clinical Psychologists/ CBT Therapists, to receive regular clinical supervision in accordance with good practice.

To provide clinical supervision to less experienced psychologists/CBT therapists, assistant(s), trainee(s) or other professionals.

To take sole professional responsibility and exercise autonomous professional and clinical judgement within the overall framework of Trust, HCPC, and BPS/BABCP policies/guidelines/standards. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

Principal Duties
To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of service users, and their families, referred to the South Recovery service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and psychometric tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the persons care.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the persons problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a full range of care settings.

To work on a daily basis in face to face individual, family and/or in group therapy settings with service users presenting with highly complex and distressing psychological problems, including low mood, paranoia, anxiety, trauma, personality disorder and bipolar experiences, and social exclusion.

To be responsible for implementing a range of specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of different provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals (both psychologists/ CBT therapists and non-psychologists) contributing directly to service users formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans, through team formulation, reflective practice, & other meetings.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management, contributing to psychologically informed risk management plans.

To coordinate, where appropriate, the intervention plans, taking responsibility for initiating planning and reviews of plans, and including service users, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users under their care and to monitor progress during both the course of uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

Teaching, Training and Supervision

To receive regular clinical professional supervision in accordance with professional practice (HCPC/BPS/ BABCP) and Trust guidelines.

To provide clinical supervision to less experienced qualified clinical psychologists/CBT therapists, assistant(s), or other professionals.

To provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.

To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant psychologists, where appropriate.

To provide clinical supervision & training placements for trainee clinical psychologists.

To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology, as appropriate.

To provide highly specialised advice, consultation and training to staff (including both psychologists/ CBT therapists and non-psychologists) working with the service user group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

To undertake further training in psychological therapies as necessary for the post.

Management, Recruitment, Policy, Organisational and Service Development

To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of aspects of the teams clinical practice through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

To contribute to the governance of psychological practice within their own team by developing and collecting relevant measures of outcome and audit and to provide consultation to other health and social care professionals to enable them to develop their own effective systems of governance.

To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

To be involved, as appropriate, in the short-listing and interviewing of assistant psychologists, band 7 psychologists & CBT therapists, etc.

To manage the workloads of assistant psychologists, and peer recovery workers, where appropriate, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.

To manage any waiting lists within the team and participate as a senior clinician in the allocation of cases taking into account skill mix and caseload. To respond to referrals, making autonomous professional and clinical judgements based upon complex information, prioritising accordingly and contributing to multidisciplinary decision making.

To implement the policies and propose changes to working practices/procedures concerning professional good practice for the provision of psychological/therapy services as applicable to the South Recovery service in order to ensure the highest standards of service to the service user group.

To propose policy or service changes which impact beyond own area of activity by participation in Trust working parties and other local development groups.

Research and Service Evaluation

To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

To undertake, where appropriate, research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

To supervise D Clin Psy research projects

To supervise the research activities of assistant psychologists.

To initiate, undertake and supervise project management, service evaluations and complex audits with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.

To disseminate research findings through publications and conference presentations.

Working Environment

To provide psychological care to service users and their carers in the least restrictive and least stigmatising environment in the Recovery Service, including home visits, community locations, & community mental health bases, and in-patient settings.

The job role will involve working alone in situations where there may be some risk of verbal or physical aggression from service users, carers, and the general public.

General Requirements

To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the post-holders professional and service manager(s).

To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal, and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology/psychological therapy and related disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC, BABCP, BPS and Trust policies and procedures.

To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues.

To attend and contribute to relevant professional meetings.

To develop and maintain good working relationships with colleagues within Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust and in the statutory and voluntary services with the aim of promoting high standards of care and clinical practice

To maintain professional registration as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council .

Person Specification



  • oProven track record of providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups, including across service interfaces and multiple agencies.


  • oKnowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific complex groups: people experiencing psychosis, bipolar disorder, people with a diagnosis of personality disorder and complex trauma.
  • oKnowledge of relevant legislation.



  • oPost-graduate, doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those 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 HCPC and BPS.
  • oA core mental health professional qualification and, where required, registration (i.e., Occ
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