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Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Aycliffe/ Chester le street
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, motivated Applied Psychologist to join our multi-disciplinary CYP Community Eating Disorders Service in Durham and Darlington.

The post is offered on a permanent basis. During the initial 12 months in post, the successful candidate will provide maternity cover within the CYP Community Eating Disorders Service in Durham and Darlington at bases in Newton Aycliffe and Chester-le-Street. Following the initial 12 months in post, the post holder will be offered a position within the wider Durham and Darlington CAMH service.

We welcome applications from newly qualified psychologists. Applied Psychology is highly valued within the Trust with good professional support. There is a well-established and supportive Psychological Professions Network within the wider Durham and Darlington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service supported by a highly motivated team of senior managers and clinical leads. Strong links exist between the service and local training courses in clinical psychology, counselling psychology and psychological therapy.

Leadership skills and behaviours are integral to the recruitment process. The Trust is a strongly value based, person centred organisation which has taken a strategic approach to continued service improvement, the modernisation of clinical roles and the use of care pathways embedded within a functioning system of governance.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide psychological assessments as well as a therapeutic, consultative and advisory services in relation to adults with learning disabilities, their families and carers, according to identified clinical need. Providing consultation, formulation and clinical supervision to other team members in regard to patients is an important element of the role in addition to direct clinical work.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

The D&D EDT is responsible for assessment and treatment of children and young people with an eating disorder up to the age of 18. The team is multi-disciplinary consisting of Nursing staff, Psychologists, Dietitians, Associate Practitioners, Health Care Assistants and Consultant Psychiatrists. Successful candidates will join our service at an exciting time of service transformation as we seek to enhance psychological services within our community child and adolescent mental health services, and within the EDT.

The successful candidate will work as an integral part of the MDT to provide psychological assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions to young people and their families with an eating disorder. We operate an assessment, formulation, treatment and consultancy model to ensure that young people and their families receive high quality, safe, effective, evidence-based care encompassing both physical and psychological well-being in line with national guidance around the treatment of eating disorders within the community. The team provides direct therapeutic work (family based and individual), physical monitoring, consultation, liaison, advice and training, and works with young people and families affected by eating disorders as well as local partners in the community including schools and primary care. We have close links with our colleagues in pediatrics and within locality CAMHS teams.

The successful candidate will be responsible for assessing, planning and implementing care and intervention for children and adolescents with an eating disorder diagnosis as part of an MDT. They will provide specialist eating disorder interventions and carry a caseload of individuals with varying needs. The successful candidate will be able to manage and assess risk and be confident in making clinical decisions independently. Training and developmental opportunities would be available for the post holder in order to further develop specialist skills and interests should these be required.

Owing to current circumstances, interviews will be held over Microsoft Teams unless informed otherwise.

For further information or an informal discussion, please contact Dr Hannah Harvey or Dr Sara Yule (Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists) or Emma Willis (EDT team manager) on (01325) 529520.


Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Registration with BPS
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
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 a range of care settings.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

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