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Senior Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Band 8a (or band 7 preceptorship for newly qualified applicants)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and highly motivated Clinical Psychologist to join our Community Mental Health Team based at the Greenfields Centre in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and engaging clinical psychologist to be part of an innovative and developing, fast paced adult community mental health service. You will be a core part of a multi-disciplinary team and supported by a newly appointment consultant clinical psychologist alongside other psychology colleagues. There are opportunities to develop skills in leadership and consultation, as well as nurturing psychological mindedness within the team and embedding psychologically informed ways of working. You will have the opportunity to receive excellent supervision and there are a range of CPD opportunities to enable you develop further skills in psychological models and team working.

Main duties of the job

You will be working an extremely varied case load, working with service users and their families with difficulties ranging across complex trauma, depression, psychosis and challenging behaviour, in line with the post holders experience and competencies. You will work as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team offering advice and joint working where needed. Much of this work will be within the team informing the best service delivery for our clients. This position offers great opportunities to work alongside our experienced clinicians in our adult community mental health services and to be part of the exciting developments in the community mental health teams in increasing access to psychological therapies for people with complex mental health needs.

About us

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 and provides mental health and learning disability care to people predominantly living in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in North Staffordshire. The Trust is one of the main providers of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our team prides themselves on compassion, team work and resilience.

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring and compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well and has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country.

The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

In return we offer;

A competitive progressive salary

We cover the cost of your DBS Check (£44)

Uniform provided

Competitive staff benefits such as weekly offers and discounts

Individual Personal Development Plan and Career Progression

Excellent pension scheme available

27- 33 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)

Job description Job responsibilities

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to clients with highly complex mental health conditions which may include challenging behaviours.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To provide clinical supervision and training to less experienced colleagues within the designated psychology service and to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

To undertake formal research as an integral part of the job and act as field supervisor to doctorate trainees.

To be proactive in continual service improvement within own area.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.

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