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Clinical Psychologist (XR07)

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year
Closing date
6 Jan 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Wed love you to come and join our friendly and supportive department in Leeds. We have a number of preceptorship Early Career Clinical or Counselling Psychologist posts available to provide psychology services to adults with a range of long-term health conditions. The clinical areas where we have vacancies include: cystic fibrosis (0.5wte), HIV (0.6 wte) and multi-speciality (0.5 wte). Please let us know if you have an area of preference that you are enthusiastic about on your application form, or give us a call if you would like more information about any of these areas.

Our posts are ideal for anyone who is looking to explore a fulfilling career in Clinical Health Psychology. We welcome candidates looking for either full-time or part-time hours. Flexible working will be considered.

Main duties of the job

Our posts offer:

Opportunities for innovative service developments, with a chance to shape and develop psychological input into the area of provision

A unique balance of prospects to develop your career, combined with being embedded within a well-established department with containing support structures

The ability to develop in your role with varied opportunities for independent working and developing leadership skills whilst receiving regular support from experienced clinical psychologists

A chance to be involved in local and national research projects and initiatives

Encouragement to develop at your own pace as we can calibrate the support you need to your level of experience

Preceptorship opportunities for newly qualified (B7) to develop into senior roles

A really fulfilling career with supportive and friendly colleagues and teams.

Please feel free to contact either of us on 0113 206 5897 for more information or to arrange an informal visit.

Dr Caroline Firman (Principal Clinical Psychologist) -

Dr Penny Morris (Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

About us

Our department has grown in response to the increasing awareness of the value that psychological therapies can add within an acute physical health setting. These posts sit within the Adult Medical Psychology Section at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust but will also have strong links with the wider Clinical and Health Psychology Department. Alongside our growth, we have managed to retain a really supportive and welcoming atmosphere full of innovative and enthusiastic people. This has been achieved by ensuring that we have regular opportunities to connect with each other and the right structures in place to support and develop great working relationships.

We are a great place to learn new therapy skills or to consolidate specialist models with a range of well-established therapeutic special interest groups which run monthly (CFT, ACT, CAT, EMDR, CBT). We provide regular department-wide training events, arrange in-house external trainer

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is committed to our process of redeploying 'at risk' members of our existing workforce to new roles. As such, all our job adverts are subject to this policy and we reserve the right to close, delay or remove adverts while this process is completed. If you do experience a delay in the shortlisting stage of the recruitment cycle, please bear with us while this process is completed, and contact the named contact if you have any questions.

Job description

Job responsibilities


To provide a qualified clinical or counselling psychology service to patients and their families and carers within LTHT, across all sites and sectors of care by:

a) providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy to patients and their families.

b) offering advice and consultation on patients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers

c) using research skills for audit, policy and service development and leading on research projects within the areas served by the teams/service

d) working autonomously in the execution of these duties and within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Psychology Teams, Department and Trust policies and procedures.



1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of patients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with patients, family members and others involved in the patients care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a patients psychological problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the patients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of patients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to patients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.

7. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all patients of the services, across all settings and agencies serving the patient group.

8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management with particular reference to deliberate self-harm.

9. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA (or its equivalent in the acute physical health care setting) including patients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.

10. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of patients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

Teaching, training, and supervision:

1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical/counselling psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues*.

* Please note that all post holders of clinical/counselling psychology posts receive clinical supervision. This is not to be confused with management supervision in AFC terms.

2. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other multidisciplinary staffs psychological work, as appropriate.

3. To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists.

4. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology, as appropriate.

5. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the patient group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development:

1. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of Trust and the Department operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

2. To advise the Consultant Clinical Psychologist on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

3. To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists within the framework of the Trust and the Departments policies and procedures.

4. To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of assistant / graduate psychologists.

Research and service evaluation:

1. To use theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

2. To undertake, as a major component of the post, appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.

3. To lead on research projects within the area served by the team/service.

4. To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.


1. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice through (a) active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes in consultation with the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Department Supervision Co-ordinator, and (b) the encouragement and active participation of service users in the design, provision and evaluation of clinical services.

2. To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the fields of clinical/counselling psychology, neuropsychology and related disciplines.

3. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

4. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to the specific patient group, mental health, clinical/counselling psychology, and health psychology in general.


Our values are part of what make us different from other trusts, so we see this as a strength, as well as a responsibility. They have been developed by our staff and set out what they see as important to how we work. Our five values are:






All our actions and endeavours will be guided and evaluated through these values.


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT), a collaborative of the NHS hospital trusts from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate working together to provide the best possible care for our patients.

By bringing together the wide range of skills and expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate we are working differently, innovating and driving forward change to deliver the highest quality care. By working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust this is your opportunity to be a part of that change.

WYAAT is the acute sector arm of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, one of the largest integrated care systems in the country. The Partnerships ambition is for everyone to have the best possible health and wellbeing, and the work of WYAAT, and each individual trust, supports that ambition.


The jobholder must comply at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Infection Control policies, in particular by practising Universal Infection Control Precautions. Hand hygiene must be performed before and after contact with patients and their environment.


All staff are responsible for working with their colleagues to maintain and improve the quality of services provided to our patients and other service users. This includes complying at all times with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Policies, including Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed security and safer working procedures, and reporting incidents using the Trust Incident Reporting system


The jobholder must take responsibility in agreement with his/her line manager for his/her own personal development by ensuring that Continuous Professional Development remains a priority. The jobholder will undertake all mandatory training required for the role.

Person Specification



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient 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 including maintaining a high degree of pr



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psycholo

Skills & Behaviours


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and a wide

Employer details

Employer name

Leeds Teaching Hospitals


St. James's University Hospital

Beckett Street



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