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Clinical Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
27 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Please note this post is open to both experienced psychologists at an 8a band and a preceptorship at Band 7 developing into an 8a role.

Bluebird House is a national specialist unit running a well-established Psychologically-informed Model of Care, based on attachment and trauma informed approaches and would especially suit an applicant with skills and/or enthusiasm in these field. The post offers an exciting opportunity to provide high quality psychological input to young people and their families and carers to help understand, prevent and ameliorate psychological distress, and related risk. The role includes a combination of direct clinical work and work with staff teams through teaching, consultation, reflective practice and supervision.

You will be part of the Psychological Therapies Team which includes an onsite 8b Clinical Psychologist, Family Therapists, and Creative Therapists, so there is plenty of support available.

Bluebird House is a purpose built secure psychiatric hospital for young people in the country providing a 20 bedded Secure Forensic Mental Health Service for young people aged 12 to 18. The unit has three wards with a maximum of seven patients per ward. The unit also consists of a separate but linked Learning and Therapies Centre, a fully equipped gymnasium and fitness suite, several outdoor areas, a relaxation room, and a faith room.

Main duties of the job

The postholder is a member of the multi-professional team. They will be required to work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies in providing a highly specialist psychological service to young people referred to Bluebird House. This may include working with families/ carers or other identified person where appropriate.

The postholder will undertake complex assessments, offer consultancy and provide expert advice to colleagues, and the wider clinical multi-professional team, other agencies and non-professional carers on formulation, psychological intervention and risk.

The post holder will provide specialist intervention for complex cases and plan and prioritise their own clinical workload.

The postholder will promote the Psychological Model of Care, enhancing psychologically informed nurse-led approaches.

The post holder will be expected to comment and propose change to policy or service development within the divisional psychological service and team as necessary.

The post holder will provide specialist supervision for trainee psychologists and provide psychological guidance and supervision for multi-professional clinical colleagues. They will engage in research and development, cultivate and encourage a research ethos within the wider clinical team. The post holder will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Registered with the HCPC as a clinical or forensic psychologist, and eligible for chartered status with the BPS as a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist& quot .
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • or
  • Non clinical psychologists must be able to demonstrate competencies in the above
  • Training in Clinical Supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bluebird House

Tatchbury Mount, Calmore



SO40 2RZ

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