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Clinical Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Lowestoft, Suffolk
£54,764 to £63,862 a year gross per annum
Closing date
28 Jun 2022

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Band 8B
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinical psychologist to join our leadership team at the Dragonfly CAMHS Inpatient Unit.

We are a 12-bedgeneral adolescent psychiatric unit, who support young people between the ages of 13 and 17 who are experiencing a variety of acute mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, psychosis and eating disorders.

The Dragonfly Unit opened in September 2016 and recently received full accreditation by QNIC.

Main duties of the job

The role will involve working with young people with complex difficulties and their families; providing highly specialist psychological assessment, complex case formulation, therapy, and consultation to the team and other professionals.

We value the opportunity to think psychologically as a team, therefore it would be expected that you provide support to colleagues via individual and group supervision, reflective practice, debriefs and training.

About us
Working for your organisation:

Benefits included with this role are:
  • Free car parking
  • NHS pension
  • a comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • career progression
  • starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • staff physiotherapy service
  • gym membership
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference, click APPLY!

Interview dates are to be confirmed.

You will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

Job description
Job responsibilities

You will be joining the team at a time where there is much opportunity to develop practice, and as the principal clinical psychologist we would be keen for you to take a strong leadership role.

Working closely with the senior leadership team, you will be involved with a number of strategic projects, including those looking at the use of psychological formulation, outcome measures and staff training.

You will also be involved in the development of our care pathways in line with the New Care Models initiative, in collaboration with other adolescent units in the East of England.

Skills in DBT and working with emotion dysregulation, trauma, complex attachment presentations and eating disorders are desirable. There is also scope to coordinate the use of group-based interventions for both young people and their families in collaboration with other professionals delivering therapeutic interventions on the unit, including our child and adolescent psychotherapist, assistant psychologist and occupational therapists.

This could be an ideal career development opportunity. Specialist supervision and support will be offered from psychologists within the specialist services care group.

For an informal visit to the Dragonfly Unit please contact Karen Newberry, Modern Matron

Or to discuss the job in more detail contact Dr Melanie White, Consultant Psychologist for Specialist Services

Person Specification
  • Relevant professional qualifications

  • Able to demonstrate experience at a senior clinical level including some staff management/supervision experience.

  • Experience in conducting assessments

  • Working in an inpatient mental health setting

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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