Clinical Psychologist - Band 7/8a

Gloucestershire Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata. Will consider development from Band 7 to 8a
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The Trust is pleased to offer this permanent Band 7/8a Clinical Psychology role in our Learning Disability Community Services, working across Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and North Cotswolds. We are seeking enthusiastic candidates who can contribute positively and flexibly to a dynamic service. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong commitment to the principles of person-centred service delivery, excellent professional and clinical skills, and preferably experience of work within the NHS. The role requires the delivery of an applied psychology model that promotes and supports effective psychological outcomes through direct and indirect models of working. Therefore consultation, teaching and training will form an essential component of the post alongside direct clinical work.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for promoting the psychological health and well-being of people with a Learning Disability referred to the Community Learning Disabilities Team.
  • To directly provide and at band 8a co-ordinate highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention services to individuals/ groups/organisations, using a variety of applied psychology models.
  • To provide clinical supervision for pre-qualified psychology staff according to experience and general/specialist psychological model and at band 8a to provide placements and supervision to Doctoral Clinical Psychology trainees and other psychological practitioners in training.
  • To participate in relevant research and audit activity and at band 8a to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development
  • To provide clinical services within the service area covered by the community team and wider LD Psychology service. The CLDT's comprise of another qualified Psychologist and a range of multi-disciplinary staff.
  • Service delivered in a wide range of settings and locations: client homes, residential services, day care, educational facilities, GP practices, office / clinic, hospital wards.

About us

The successful candidate will join a strong and welcoming multi-disciplinary CLDT that is co-located with Teams that work with other client groups. The role requires effective work within this context in order to provide a service to service-users with Learning Disabilities, their families, and carers.

There are 6 other qualified Psychologists working within the Learning Disability Service in Gloucestershire. Working relationships are excellent and you will be well supported. A broad range of psychological models are drawn upon and valued. Clinicians are encouraged to develop areas of special interest and we have a good track record of supporting CPD. We have close links with the Doctorate Training Course at Bath University and regularly support a number of training placements. There are regular meetings of Psychologists across teams to consider professional issues, service innovation, and joint working initiatives.

You will be able to demonstrate professional and clinical skills directly relevant to the specialism including the use of psychological assessment methods and formulation based interventions. This post would appeal to those who have a 'can do' attitude, and who would relish the opportunity to continue developing the service. The role requires an adaptable, flexible, resilient, hard-working team member who has excellent organisational skills and the ability to use their own initiative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We welcome discussion/applications both from those with the relevant experience and HCPC registration, and also from those who are about to qualify / have more recently completed training. In the latter case we would discuss amendments to role with a view to appointing at Band 7 and supporting progression to Band 8a role.

We are keen to develop a more representative diversity of our senior staff and particularly encourage applications from those individuals with protected characteristics - in particular from women, ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled candidates.

At Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust, we are supportive of the people we care for in the community and aim to provide a fully responsive service to everyone who needs it. This is the same approach we take for our employees. We look to value the skills and experiences of those we work with, whether they are service users, carers, families or those looking to work with us.

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust is part of the NHS. We treat NHS patients according to NHS principles and standards. The difference is the Trust is accountable to local people, rather than to Government, and so we are able to work closely with our community to develop services in the way that best suits the needs of local people.

Our Staff Survey results showed people at our Trust feel they are engaged, part of a team and work for a compassionate and inclusive organisation.

Our overall scores were better than average in eight of nine themes and level in one - the best overall results for a community, mental health and learning disabilities Trust in the south west and first equal amongst all sector NHS providers within the region too.

Gloucestershire Health and Care is committed to embedding and providing personalised care through all of its services as part of our high-quality care strategy. The purpose of personalised care is to empower people to lead the lives they want to live. Personalised care starts with a conversation with people about what matters to them. It builds on what people can do, as well as addressing their health needs. Including new ways of working and delivering care, emphasising that we need to make effective use of the full range of our peoples skills and experience to deliver the best possible patient care. So we want to know What Matters to You and that you will share our values and join us on this very important journey.

Please refer to the Additional Information attachment before submitting your application

The qualification, training & experience requirements for the role are underlined in the Job Description/Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Registered as Practitioner Psychologist with the HPC


  • Chartered status



  • Post Graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent Applied Psychology qualification), as accredited by the B.P.S


  • Evidence in application of Psychological knowledge to improve and develop practice in work to date



  • Receipt of at least 25 hours clinical supervision while working at a highly specialist level in a directly relevant area and in an increasingly autonomous capacityEssentialApplication Form Interview


  • Broad range of post-qualification experience

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust


Leckhampton Lodge

Charlton Lane Centre, Charlton Lane


GL53 9DZ

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