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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a highly motivated and specialist clinical psychologist to join our one of a kind Older Peoples Mental Health Unit in Chesterfield. Here at the Walton Unit we provide assessment and treatment services for older adults with organic illness, we are incredibly proud both of the service we provide and the team that goes the extra mile to make a difference.

The post holder will work as part of a wider multi disciplinary team to support people with mental heath disorder and distress alongside behaviour that challenges whilst also working with and supporting their families and friends, in doing this the successful candidate will be come an integral part of the senior leadership team.

We would support applications form both experienced psychologists and those looking to further their career through clinical expertise.

The post holder will be encouraged to develop their area of clinical expertise and will be provided with god CPD opportunities.

You will be encouraged to support training and development of others, including trainee psychologists, and have close connections with local universities.

Derbyshire is an amazing place to live and work, close to both thriving cities and a beautiful national park.

Main duties of the job

Your role will be to provide responsive, personalised and highly specialist psychological care in order to to facilitate a safe and responsive service and to maintain and support the individuals engagement .

You will work in a variety of models including specialist consultation and direct assessment, formulation, intervention for psychological and emotional difficulties and other presenting difficulties.

You will take up a key role in developing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans to maintain the individual at home whenever possible, offering clinical advice, guidance and strategies for risk management to a range of carers, professionals and agencies.

About us

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people's own homes and via virtual consultations.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

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To provide highly specialist assessments to clients who are referred to the team based upon the use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of scores including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi structured interviews with clients, carers and others involved in the clients care.

To formulate, plan, implement and review highly specialist psychological interventions, based on an appropriate clinical framework and evidence base across a range of care settings with a range of carers and professionals.

To be instrumental in the development of Positive Behavioural Support and other Plans through development and supervision of appropriate assessment, formulation, intervention planning, implementation and review.

Contribute to appropriate risk assessment, formulation and management plans that are reviewed, evaluated and informed by psychological understanding and models. To ensure that risk assessment, management and reviews are communicated to others in a timely and accessible manner.

To support clinical decision making by involving clients, families, carers and relevant agencies which require problem solving and excellent interpersonal skills.

To support individuals and their carers to be included and empowered during service delivery.

Respond in a timely fashion to individuals in crisis ensuring that an appropriate aftercare is actioned

Ensure that patients receive a flexible proactive response in line with current pathways and access criteria.

Formulate psychology progress and discharge summaries and psychological reports that reflect reason for referral, assessment, intervention, outcomes and recommendations. To provide accessible versions of these where necessary.

To provide a link role to support clients with complex needs e.g. transforming care in a variety of settings which mayinclude secure residential and community settings.

Provide a person centred approach that meets the individual needs of patients accessing the service.

To ensure current knowledge and skills are applied to support care of clients through appropriate legal, policy andsafeguarding frameworks such as the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015, Safeguarding Adults and children, Care Programme approach and Deprivation of liberty safeguards.

Ensure that clients receive a service which provides confidentiality, privacy, dignity and respect at all times.

To provide in reach to clients work in partnership with inpatient areas to aid with care and support timely and effective admission and discharge.

Be aware of Clinical Governance standards across the service, including health and safety, risk management, audit, evidence-based practice etc. and contribute to this process.

Be responsible for own professional development and practice standards.

Be involved in professional activities within the Learning disability Psychological services professional group and outside the profession e.g. multi-disciplinary forums or networks in order to share practice and promote Psychological services to other agencies.

Be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including clinical input, effective use of time, prioritisation, punctuality etc.

To maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely records in line with professional, legal and Trust requirements.

To comply with governance requirements for the Department and Trust.

Observe the codes of conduct and professional standards of The Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society and comply with all DCHS policies and procedures

Act as care co-ordinator within the multi-disciplinary team, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating, planning, supporting, managing and reviewing the care of adults who have a learning disability, who are experiencing a period of crisis in their mental health and / or behaviour.

Undertake partnership working with LD Intensive Support Team, Inpatient teams (both Learning Disability and Mental Health) , Adult Care and other key partnerships. This will be a vital element to provide holistic person centred care.

To provide specialist education, training, advice to health, education and social care colleagues, support staff, students, carers and any other personnel/agencies regarding person specific needs.

To provide supervision to trainee and assistant psychology staff and other staff as appropriate.

Participate in the development of an effective, responsive evidence based person-centred service and the role of Psychology within it.

Participate in clinically related administration, reviews, audits, research projects and the collection of service outcomesand governance information.

Share the management of the community psychology allocated caseload and receive caseload supervision from the Team Manager.

Contribute to service developments, evaluation, monitoring and research as needed and to support the dissemination ofresults.

Participate in the annual appraisal cycle to ensure that professional skills and competences are kept up to date.

The post holder will be key in supporting the service to deliver on the local Transforming Care plans and in supporting the implementation of the

Building the Right Support guidance (2015) in North Derbyshire.The post-holder will help support effective delivery of the psychological services care pathways along with the other psychological services practitioners, in line with guidance on clinical activity, NICE guidance supervision, audit and DCHS pathway

Person Specification



  • Clinical psychology doctorate or equivalent
  • Additional post qualification development
  • Extensive clinical psychology experience working with older people or complex mental health difficulties or behaviour that challenges.
  • Experience of providing consultation, supervision and training to health care staff, other than qualified psychologists
  • Additional neuropsychological or behavioural / Positive Behavioural Support or other relevant training.
  • Extensive knowledge of a range of psychological therapies and models including understanding of evidence-based practise for older people with mental health difficulties, dementia and behaviour that challenges.



  • Registered with the HCPC

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHSFT


Walton hospital

Whitecotes Lane


S40 3HW

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