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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
6 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health is looking for an experienced Principal Clinical Psychologist, qualified to Doctoral level and eligible for registration with the HCPC, to join its sector leading multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of clinicians and professionals providing healthcare to transgender people.

The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Healthcare (NCTH) is a national service, one of 7 NHS England commissioned clinics that patients can access from across the country.

The post holder will be a member of the MDT, working with Clinical Psychologists, Consultant Psychiatrists, General Practitioners, Consultant Nurse, Endocrinologists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Speech and Language Therapists, Service and Business Support.

Main duties of the job

The post will involve completing diagnostic assessments for gender incongruence (including recommendation for gender affirming medical intervention such as cross sex hormones and surgical interventions) and psychological assessments for therapeutic intervention.

The post will also involve consultation with the wider MDT re formulations regarding gender and maintaining appropriate structures for discussing cases in a psychologically minded way.

Liaison with a broad range of other disciplines and agencies, including General Practice, other transgender services and providers will be a key aspect of this post.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be expected:
  • To plan and provide specialist psychological assessments and interventions as described in the patient care section below.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance, consultation, training, and supervision to other professionals, and to assistant psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists.
  • To accept responsibility for maintaining a safe working environment for all staff and patients.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of patients.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients formulation, diagnosis, and treatment plan. This would include the dissemination of psychology research and theory.
  • To conduct other tasks as requested by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist or Clinical Lead.

The post holder will be responsible for the following areas:
  • Direct line management responsibility other qualified and non-qualified staff within the psychology and psychotherapy team including appraisals, performance management and other employment processes and recruitment.
  • To be an active member of NCTHnet and represent the Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy team.
  • Clinical & management supervision.
  • Demonstrating leadership values.
  • Implementation of new service models and delivery with support and under direction of the Lead for Psychology and Psychotherapy.
  • To support the Lead for Psychology and Psychotherapy in implementing systems and ways of working that ensure that the Psychology and Psychotherapy service is safe, effective, responsive, and caring.
  • Provide teaching and training to other staff.
  • Support the staff in the service with their ongoing career development and training needs.
  • To keep up to date with the evidence base relevant to clinical work with people experiencing gender incongruence

Person Specification



  • Psychology degree or equivalent, conferring GBC status
  • Post graduate doctorate in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Current registration with HCPC


  • PG Cert or PGDIP in Gender Identity Medicine
  • Additional training in relation to supervision of unqualified and qualified staff



  • Evidence of CPD
  • Advanced training and application of expertise in at least one specialist area of clinical practice gained though post-qualification specialist training and supervised practice (e.g., further therapeutic qualifications or neurodevelopmental assessment qualifications)


  • Further relevant post qualification training

Contractual requirements


  • A full UK driving license and vehicle for business use is required for this post however reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled individuals in line with the Equality Act 2010
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Maintenance of Trust Essential Training



  • Significant experience as a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience in assessment and formulation
  • Experience in assessment and management of clinical risk
  • Experience of working psychologically with gender diverse people and of interventions with individuals and care systems
  • Experience of working within teams as part of an MDT approach to delivering interventions / therapy
  • Experience of offering a consultation model to supporting the MDT and wider network around the patient
  • Experience of effective multi-disciplinary, multi-agency working
  • Experience providing clinical supervision and training to psychologists and practitioners from other professional groups


  • Experience of staff training
  • Experience of clinical audit and/or service evaluation
  • Publication in peer-reviewed research journals
  • Experience working with neurodiverse patients

Values and behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Physical Requirements


  • Has the physical ability to perform the full range of duties



  • Broad understanding of theories and interventions relevant to gender diverse adults and transgender healthcare
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Presentation and teaching skills
  • Knowledge of the Safeguarding protocol
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the Trust's Equality and Diversity principles relevant to the post and practice in a gender affirming manner in line with WPATH SOC 8


  • Critical awareness of current themes in transgender healthcare policy and research
  • Knowledge of the principal models of care in transgender healthcare
  • Experience in providing transgender healthcare, including psychological assessment, recommendations for gender affirming treatment and psychological therapies



  • Specialist skills in establishing and developing therapeutic relationships with clients with complex clinical presentations
  • To communicate in skilled and sensitive manner information concerning the assessment, formulation, and treatment options of clients
  • Formulation of sources of psychological distress in gender diverse people therapeutic interventions and presentation skills
  • Excellent written English
  • Communication of complex and information to a wide range of audiences
  • Able to engage constructively in sometimes challenging circumstances.
  • Good interpersonal skills to facilitate communicate with colleagues and other service providers
  • Skills in providing consultation to other non-psychology colleagues and teaching and training skills.
  • Ability to work positively and constructively in a multi- disciplinary team
  • Consultation skills
  • Ability to reflect on practice and on ethics
  • Effective skills in word-processing and other clinical systems
  • Use of psychometric test equipment
  • Supervision and motivation of staff
  • Teaching and training skills
  • Research and Audit skills to evidence the efficacy of specialist interventions, in conjunction with partner providers, service managers and to evaluate patient experience including the development of appropriate outcomes measure for the service
  • Appropriate Microsoft software and IT skills


  • Experience of the use of formal diagnostic tool, such as ADOS, ADI-R and WAIS

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