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Principal Clinical Psychologist (Older Adults Community)

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023
A rare opportunity has arisen in Bamber Bridge for a Principal Clinical Psychologist with experience and enthusiasm to work with our friendly, supportive and psychologically minded Older Persons Community Mental Health Team.

The postholder will provide the team with highly specialist consultation sessions and lead on case formulation meetings alongside delivering direct therapeutic interventions to our Older Adult service users living within the Preston, Chorley and South Ribble area.

We are looking for someone committed to multi-disciplinary team working who can provide professional and clinical leadership to our psychology and non-psychology colleagues.

You will also work alongside and supervise a 1.0 WTE clinical psychologist and support them through their preceptorship. The role will involve taking trainees on placement, supervising non-psychology colleagues, teaching, training, reflective practice sessions, supervising psychological groups and supporting psychological well-being within the team.

Main duties of the job

To be responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients within older adult community services in the Central Lancashire locality.

To supervise and support psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the designated area of responsibility.

To utilise research skills, audit, policy and service development and research and implement policy changes within the areas served by the team/service in agreement with the relevant manager.

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

The post is professionally attached to the locality older adult psychology team and wider network, both of which offer a friendly and supportive space, with a strong commitment to providing quality services for older people in Lancashire. The Trust is also committed to staff development, and have invested in on-going training and development opportunities including funding recent further therapy training and leadership courses.

The postholder would receive regular clinical and professional supervision from the 8C Older Adult Locality Lead Clinical Psychologist.

Although not essential, it is desirable that the post holder has additional qualifications/skills or be willing to complete training in specific psychological interventions, for example, EMDR, compassion-focused therapy ACT, trauma focused work etc

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

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training 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



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year



  • 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 situations
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervising

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


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