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Senior Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
37.5 Hours Per Week

Do you want a change? Would you like the opportunity to work in a friendly, supportive, well-established fully integrated, Adult Community Mental Health Team? We offer input to adults with complex and diverse mental health needs.

We are dedicated to developing trauma-informed principles of care in conjunction with the Trauma Informed PD pathway. We are proud of our varied group programme (including DBT, Survivors of Sexual Abuse, and Structured Clinical Management). We embrace and offer various psychological approaches: Integrative, CAT, CBT, Compassion Focussed, ACT, Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, MBT, EMDR and Family-Systemic psychotherapy.

The role encompasses multi-disciplinary working, service-development, individual therapy, group, supervision and consultation responsibilities. In all, the post offers a wonderfully diverse working role!

Although this is a band 8a post, it is also open to newly qualified psychologists as a band 7 preceptorship.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is flexible and creative in response to service and patient needs and interested in positively influencing systems through promoting psychological ways of working. The role involves various responsibilities, utilising different psychological models.

You will work with a range of professionals including psychological therapists, Community Psychiatric Nurses, Advanced Practitioners, Social Workers, Psychiatrists and Occupational Therapists.

There are considerable professional and clinical supervision opportunities. We also strongly encourage the development of clinical interests through CPD. The team is well known for being supportive - encouraging self-care, flexible working, and professional development.

There are also strong links with the University of Leeds Doctoral Training course and the Trust has strong research and clinical outcome links. Audit and evaluation are encouraged and supported across the Trust.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients as part of the multidisciplinary team within the service.Provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention.

Provide advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, and other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines, and the overall framework of the team and trusts policies and procedures.

Supervise and support Psychology Assistants, Trainees and Band 7 HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the areas served by the team/service.


(e.g. budgetary or supervisory responsibilities)

To offer consultation and supervision when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of service users.

To provide supervision of Band 7 Clinical Psychologists, doctoral level clinical psychology trainees, assistant psychologists and trainees from other disciplines as appropriate.

1.To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment for service users experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health/psychological problems 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 observation and semi-structured interviews with service users, their family and/or carers.

2.To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and/or management of mental health/psychological and/or behavioural difficulties based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and exercising expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practice across a full range of care settings.

3.To establish rapport and build effective working relationships with service users and all those involved in their psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being.

4.To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.

5.To work jointly with other team members and professionals in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to service users and, where appropriate, their families/carers.

6.To follow appropriate local Safeguarding Adults and Children policies in all clinical work, including close liaison with all relevant agencies.

7.To provide specialist risk assessment of, and intervention to, service users who may present in local acute settings in line with agreed procedures

8.To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of service users, offering consultation and supervision where necessary.

9.To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychological interventions and to autonomously manage a caseload of clients.

10.To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users, the settings in which they present, and agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being.

Person Specification

Personal Attributes


  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • To transport Psychometric testing equipment.



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • Significant Post qualification experience in a Setting relevant to the post.
  • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Psychologist.



  • Completion of formal training to meet eligibility as clinical supervisor of Doctoral Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Good Psychometric Assessment skills.
  • Experience of assisting in training of Post Graduate Clinical Psychology Trainees.
  • Exceptional communication skills in verbal, non verbal and written modes.
  • Ability to empathise and develop good therapeutic alliance.
  • Ability to Formulate Complex processes.
  • Capacity to conduct Psychometric Assessment.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • Keyboard skills.
  • Manual Dexterity for conducting tests.


  • Working with people in Crisis.
  • Working on an in-patient Psychiatric ward.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient 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.
  • Frequent, protracted sustained and intense concentration.
  • Show respect and treat people with dignity.
  • Be able to give bad news sensitively.
  • Be able to sustain empathy in difficult situations.
  • Be aware of all interviewees in any situation.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of group work.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Ravensleigh Resource Centre

28 Oxford Road


West Yorkshire

WF13 4LL

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