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Senior Clinical Psychologist - Adult Female Acute Wards

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
5 Dec 2023
Adult and older adult 8B or 8a to 8b Preceptorship Clinical Psychology positions available to support the functioning of state of the art psychiatric inpatient facility in Lancashire.

We require a motivated, dynamic and experienced qualified Clinical Psychologists to join our well established team of Clinical Psychologists offering input to the Harbour inpatient facility at Blackpool within Lancashire Care Foundation Trust. These posts would be inputting into the adult acute wards and older adult wards at the Harbour Hospital in Blackpool. In this role you would be expected to input into complex patients offering direct input, consultation and clinical leadership. As a principal psychologist in the unit there would be expectation for the post holder to deputise for the psychology lead alongside other 8bs in the unit. If taken on as preceptor you would be supported to develop competencies to work fully into a principal clinical psychology role over up to two year period. The expectation would be for the post holder to fully progress via a process of supported development and evaluation to reach the expected level of competency for an 8b psychologist. This would be supported by the 8c psychologist and 8b psychologists already working in the unit.

Main duties of the job

The Harbour is a purpose built psychiatric hospital that opened in 2015. As such it is a modern state of the art unit with excellent facilities for patients. You would be joining a team of clinical psychologists at the Harbour that includes two senior psychologists, three principal psychologists and a consultant psychology lead. We are friendly cohesive team all working in the same building and as such this is a post with lots of peer support and interaction with psychology colleagues. Psychology input at the Harbour is well established and very much appreciated by the wider multidisciplinary teams working here. Assistant psychologists are also employed on a fixed term basis and the post would be required to contribute to professional leadership and operational management of these posts.

We are committed to providing the best development opportunities for our staff and the post holder would have options to access continuing professional development and training. We are very willing to consider funding training in development of skills and further qualifications in relevant treatment approaches that will benefit inpatient psychology service provision. There are also opportunities for research within this dynamic and forward thinking service. The organisation also has very good links with the Lancaster University based Clinical Psychology Doctorate Course.

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

For more details on this vacancy please review the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996
  • HCPC registration as practitioner psychologist.



  • HCPC registration as practitioner psychologist.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity
  • Demonstrable evidence of a continuing commitment to developing expertise in psychological assessment and intervention

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


The Harbour



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