Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Senior Clinical Psychologist/ Senior Counselling Psychologist or Senior Psychological Therapist to join the North Cumbria Adult Eating Disorder Service at an important period in the development of FREED and ARFID pathways . This post will provide the opportunity to work within our established community team and new pathways.

North Cumbria Adult Eating Disorder Service (NCEADS) is a specialist eating disorder service for adults experiencing eating distress. The area covered by the post will be the North Cumbria locality covering East & West Cumbria and may include a combination of online and face to face appointments.

There will be opportunities for the post holder to work as part of an MDT offering individual and group therapies alongside holistic assessments to help people make sense of their difficulties and inform team formulation approaches.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder is responsible for providing a highly specialist psychology service to clients within a community and setting, providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation.

The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological services to adults experiencing eating difficulties with an emphasis on NICE recommended interventions, recommendations based on research and the wider evidence base

The post holder will keep up to date with new innovations in the field of eating disorders

The post holder will offer clinical supervision and line management to assistant psychologists and be responsible for psychology trainees on placement within the service. The post holder will fulfil all the main duties of an 8A psychologist/ therapist, including holding a highly specialist case load, keeping up to date with Mandatory Training and CPD, supporting research within the service, and providing highly specialist training and supervision to other professionals, service evaluation and research. The post holder will also work closely with carers, family members, and stakeholders working with eating disorder services.

About us

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to learn, grow and develop as a psychological practitioner.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be qualified, or demonstrate a willingness to train, in psychological models recommended for people experiencing eating disorders i.e. MANTRA, SSCM or CBT-E.

The post holder is expected to be familiar with and have some knowledge of all the main psychological models currently recommended in the treatment of adults experiencing eating disorders. The post holder will have experience of, and developed skills in, establishing therapeutic relationships with people who can be ambivalent regarding change and level of engagement.

The post holder will be familiar with working autonomously with patients who carry a high level of risk due to their physical and mental health.

The post holder will be experienced in working collaboratively with other professionals as part of an MDT.

The post holder will have experience of working within the NHS.

The post holder will have some supervisory experience and be prepared to undertake further training in this area.

Please find attached job description for full details.

Advertising date : 15th November 2023

Closing date : 13th December 2023

We welcome your application.

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC and British Psychological Society
  • HCPC registered practitioner psychologist

Knowledge and Experience


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialist psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups relevant to the client group
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinical sensitive information to clients, their family, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex multivariable data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.
  • Formal training in clinical supervision of trainee clinical psychologists and other staff.
  • Substantial post qualification experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, and inpatient settings.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months or an alternative agreed by the Associate Psychological Services Director.
  • Experience of providing clinical supervision.

Skills and Competencies


  • Skills in managing emotional impact of dealing with highly emotive and distressing situations through selfmanagement and use of the clinical supervision process.
  • Specialist skills in evidence based psychological interventions.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Skills in providing clinical supervision and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Employer details

Employer name

CNTW NHS Foundation Trust


Carleton Clinic

Cumwhinton Road



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