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Senior Clinical Psychologist - Adults - LD & Autism

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
23 Sep 2023
Applications will be welcome from clinical psychologists. If coming in at Band 7 starting salary will be �43,742 pa. If coming in as Band 8a salary will be between �50,952 - �57,349 pa. However, we would also be happy to consider applications from trainee clinical psychologists in their final year currently due to complete training in 2023 on a preceptorship progression model.

Are you an innovative and enthusiastic clinical psychologist? This is an exciting opportunity to work across two Community Learning Disability teams (The Bay & Fylde Coast teams). We are a forward-thinking, person-centred, and dynamic service that supports people and their families to live enriched and fulfilling lives.

You will work within multi-disciplinary teams and contribute to core clinical functions, as well as the provision of specialised psychological interventions. You will provide psychological assessment and intervention in a variety of settings and provide consultation, training and supervision to the wider MDT on the psychological care of adults with a learning disability.

There is a commitment to your professional development aligned to this post, which includes regular clinical & professional supervision, in addition to multiple opportunities for clinical development, training and service improvement initiatives.

Main duties of the job

To provide a qualified Clinical Psychology Service to patients within the Bay & Fylde Coast teams including the provision of enhanced specialist psychological assessment and therapy, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.

To offer advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. To develop advanced skills in consultancy by implementing formal systems of consultancy within the nominated team(s), as directed and guided by your Locality Professional Lead and his/her deputies.
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area in which the post-holder works.

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.For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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

Person Specification



  • Doctorate 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. HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical). Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the British Psychological Society.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology. Formal training in the use and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments.



  • An increased level of knowledge relevant to this post equivalent to a post-graduate diploma (in addition to entry level qualification) Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology. Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year. Knowledge of legislation relevant to the patient group.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies within specific groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with disabilities etc). High level of knowledge regarding the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings. Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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. Demonstrable evidence of a continuing commitment to developing expertise in psychological assessment and intervention Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patient's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.


  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of 2 years at a specialist level. Experience of working with individuals and their families/carers , presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including community, in-patient and residential. Experience of working systemically with family and carer groups and establishing the most effective methods of working. Post doctorate experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families, in a clinically relevant setting. Experience of teaching, training and/or supervising. Experience of supervising other professionals.

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


LD Adults Team The Bay

The Bay & Fylde Coast



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