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Lead / Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 per annum
Closing date
15 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a Consultant Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to work across the Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust Inpatient and Community services for people with Intellectual Disabilities to ensure the highest standards of psychological care and innovation.

About the Teams

The Orion Unit is an 8 bedded inpatient service for adults with an intellectual disability and complex mental health needs and / or challenging behaviours whose needs cannot be met within the community at a particular time.

Alexander House is a Locked Rehabilitation Unit for adult males who have an intellectual disability, who may have a forensic history and are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983.

ICATT provide a rapid, short-term assessment and treatment service for people with a learning disability who challenge services and may have additional mental health needs. They seek to provide an alternative to hospital admission where it is appropriate to do so, enabling service users to receive treatment and care within their own homes.

You will be part of a supportive IDD Psychology team who value collaboration and compassion. We encompass psychologists working within our CIDT's, Intensive Community Assessment and Treatment Teams, Inpatient Services and Neurodevelopmental Services. We are a forward-thinking department in terms of the services we provide to our service users, how we influence the wider system and the development and progression of our staff.

Main duties of the job

We are looking to develop the cohesive delivery of psychological services across patient's journeys from intensive support in the community, inpatient admission to successful discharge. We need an experienced and enthusiastic psychologist to lead this process. The ideal candidate would bring the most up to date research and cutting-edge clinical practice into the 'Crisis Pathway' Teams and draw together and disseminate the best examples of care from across our multi-disciplinary teams.

Who are we looking for?

We welcome applicants with experience in the field of Intellectual Disabilities and skills in complex psychological work. Additional experience in an inpatient clinical setting will be an advantage.

Alexander House and the Orion Unit provide care 24/7 7 days a week and ICAT is an 8-8 7 days a week service and we would welcome applicants who are interested in working in a flexible way alongside our MDT and Nursing colleagues.

We would consider an 8b-c development post for the right candidate.

What will we offer?

As a psychology team we are keen to increase our research activity and would encourage the post holder to develop their areas of interest. There will be CPD available and opportunities to develop special interests in therapeutic interventions and assessments seen as key to the service. The well being of our team is high on the agenda and so we are happy to discuss flexible patterns of working.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.

As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.

We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.

Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.

We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.

If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!


Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will work in an integrated capacity with inpatient and intensive community support services but also in conjunction with the relevant community services. Clinical work includes taking responsibility for the most complex cases, working with both groups and with individuals, often necessitating liaison with wider services. You will form part of the Senior MDT and undertake joint MDT reviews of the most complex cases. You will lead and deliver key clinical interventions and ensure they are systematically delivered and evaluated.

The post holder will contribute widely to the leadership of the services and to the operational and strategic management/development of IDD Psychology and the wider directorate, proposing and implementing relevant policy and service developments. You will also be responsible for supporting the Head of Department with the recruitment, management, supervision and professional leadership of psychology staff across IDD Psychology services and other staff in this specialism as required.

For more details please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • oAll colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork

Physical Requirements


  • Frequently sit in a restricted position for long periods.
  • Drive between Trust premises.



  • Doctorate Clinical Psychology degree, or pre 1996 qualified, a Masters Clinical Psychology degree with evidence of post qualification Doctorate level equivalent CPD, clinical and research knowledge and experience.
  • Eligible to be a member of the British Psychological Society.
  • Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Post-Doctoral qualification in supervision, or equivalent.



  • Evidence of substantial post qualification training and supervision in psychological therapies.


  • Qualifications in Systemic Family Therapy
  • Completion of a BPS or NHS Leadership course



  • Proven track record in senior professional leadership within psychological services.
  • Experience of training / consultation and supervision with multi professional groups in psychological approaches for people with Intellectual Disabilities.
  • Extensive experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency work.
  • Substantial experience of risk assessment, risk management and safeguarding.
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural context.
  • oDemonstrated commitment to working with people with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities and their families.


  • Experience of line management of psychologists and psychology assistants
  • Experience of working in a senior psychology role in an inpatient service



  • Knowledge of current government policy relating to Mental Health, Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • An awareness of NHS Long Term Plan, NICE guidance, and clinical governance priorities.
  • Extensive knowledge of the evidence base of psychological interventions for people with complex presentations, history of trauma and diagnosis of Intellectual Disability.
  • A robust and broad understanding of national health and social care strategy and policy, in relation to developing services for people with intellectual disability and their families.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of treatment needs of people presenting with emerging complex emotional needs.


  • oRecord of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books



  • oGood awareness of IT and IT skills.
  • oHighly developed analytical and decision-making skills.
  • oHighly developed written and verbal communication skills.
  • oHighly developed supervisory skills.
  • oGood leadership, influencing, negotiating and interpersonal skills.
  • oOpen, participative, dynamic and supportive leadership and management style.
  • oExcellent interpersonal and communication skills, featuring: breadth of outlook and political skill necessary to establish effective working relationships with staff at all levels within and outside the organisation.
  • oAbility to work in partnership with other key professionals within and outside the organisation and a partnership approach to work across agencies.


  • Highly developed supervisory skills for multi- professional teams.

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Fern House, Highbury Hospital

Highbury Rd



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