Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (B8a/B7 Preceptorship)New Hire Bonus

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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New Hire Bonus- �3000

This permanent post is eligible for a �3000 New Hire Bonus. Please see attached New Hire Bonus Terms & Conditions.

We have an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified band 7 Clinical/Counselling Psychologist looking for career progression or an established band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our Psychology team. The team is comprised of a Clinical Associate Psychologist, a CBT-P trainee and an Assistant Psychologist based within the Fenland Adult Locality Team in Wisbech, North Cambridgeshire.

The adult locality team provides high quality care to people aged 17-65 who are experiencing mental health difficulties in the moderate-to-severe range with additional concerns about safety or functional impairment. The service consists of supportive and well-established multi-disciplinary teams of healthcare professionals from a range of backgrounds. You will work with a team of 10 psychology colleagues based in the north adult locality teams (covering Peterborough, Fenland and Huntingdon) under the leadership of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Relevant support and experience will be provided based on the preceptorship framework to ensure that successful newly qualified applicants will be able to transition into an 8a clinical psychology post .

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be part of an energetic, friendly, and well-established multidisciplinary team consisting of nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and support workers, who all work closely to provide a caring and creative environment.

Your post will involve supervision, carrying out specialist psychological assessments, providing therapeutic interventions to people in the community (including group work) and supporting the wider team to develop psychological understandings of people's difficulties through consultation, formulation and training. We are keen to promote a trauma informed and responsive culture and there will be opportunities to think about how we promote this through developing training, and reflective practice sessions in your smaller team and in the wider team.

We believe that research is central to the development and maintenance of effective teams and interventions. We actively promote engaging in service evaluation and improvement projects as well as research studies. We are keen to encourage further service development and have ideas for developing a group for family members of service users with OCD as one possibility.

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.

Clinical / Service Specific
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the locality team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To use psychological formulations to develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, and to use these plans to inform and lead the work of non-psychology members of the team.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses. This includes responsibility for the delivery of psychological interventions by all team members.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, carers or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines and under the overall co-ordination of the Lead Psychologist.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care
  • To monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni-and multi-disciplinary care, and to provide appropriate reports on this.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.
  • To assist the Team and Service Manager in the management of the team caseload.
  • To attend and contribute to relevant team meetings and case discussion.
  • To work in partnership with other disciplines and to maintain links with statutory and non-statutory and primary care agencies as appropriate.

  • Research & 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 service orientated and clinically relevant research as agreed by the Professional Psychology Lead.
  • To lead on research, evaluation and clinical outcome monitoring for the team.
  • To undertake appropriate research including making ethics and/or funding applications.
  • To prepare research reports for dissemination in peer-reviewed journals or at local or national conferences.

  • Person Specification



    • Doctorate level training in clinical / counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS and HCPC.
    • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist/ registered with the BABCP as a CBT therapist. Or Registered with the relevant professional body



    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of adult mental health care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
    • 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 the application of clinical psychology in different contexts.


    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
    • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

    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.
    • Planning and organising skills for caseload management.
    • Skills in self-management, including time-management.
    • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information, including contentious and highly distressing information, to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Good understanding of other professionals' theoretical perspectives of the adult group.
    • 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.
    • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS, Local Authority and other agencies/ carers and clients
    • Capable of being individually accountable for own clinical interventions
    • Advanced keyboard and computer skills
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.


    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
    • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults.
    • High-level knowledge and skills in working with carers.

    Knowledge & Understanding


    • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical 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
    • Knowledge concerning the management of qualified psychologists, including recruitment and retention, appraisals, and other HR policies and processes.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychological medicine.
    • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by BPS
    • 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


    • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific dif
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