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Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Systemic Psychotherapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£65,664 to £75,874 a year Gross per annum
Closing date
13 Jul 2022

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Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

We are delighted to offer the opportunity for an experienced clinical psychologist or systemic family therapist to further their career into a new consultant role within two of our specialist services. This is an excellent opportunity to offer psychological leadership and to support the clinical development of our eating disorders services and our Tier 4 adolescent in-patient unit.

Our eating disorders services in Norfolk and Waveney include 2 under 18s ED teams and an all age ED team. The services are currently going through a period of significant investment and expansion and in addition to developing the existing community services, new pathways for intensive treatment, early intervention (FREED) and for individuals with Avoidant and Restrictive Food Intake Disorder are being developed. The service offers a range of psychotherapeutic treatments including CBT, family therapy for anorexia (FT-AN), systemic family therapy and the Maudsley Model of Anorexia Nervosa Treatment in Adults (MANTRA).

The Dragonfly unit is a 12-bedgeneral adolescent psychiatric unit, which 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 unit is currently developing care pathways in line with the New Care Models initiative, in collaboration with other adolescent units in the East of England.

Main duties of the job

The role will include a mixture of direct and indirect clinical work and will include but not be limited to: supporting and developing the workforce within the two services, psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of complex cases, offering psychological and line management supervision, training, and consultation, supporting the development of clinical pathways, service evaluation and research, and liaison with local and national organisations to support service development. There will be excellent opportunities for training and development, including for example, in FT-AN, and leadership skills.

You will be working closely with the already established psychological workforce in both services, as well as the senior leadership teams within each service. The post holder will have supportive links with the wider group of consultant psychologists within the trust and opportunities for being involved in other Trust wider projects.

About us

The role would suit a candidate who meets the trust values, who is comfortable working autonomously but also can engage with the team. We can also provide training and shadowing opportunities. Would like to be part of our journey to provide excellent care for young people?

Benefits included with this role are:-
  • 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 physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more

Job description
Job responsibilities

We are looking to appoint a skilled, committed, and motivated individual with excellent communication and organisational skills and a keen interest in working with families and young people. Previous experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties and with individuals with eating disorders is essential. We would encourage applications from individuals who feel they have the transferable skills to work across child and adult eating disorders teams and a Tier 4 CAMHS service.

If you are passionate about your work and think you may like to join our specialist services, we would be delighted to hear from you for a preliminary discussion or visit.

Please contact:

Dr Kat Harvey, Principal Clinical Psychologist:, 01603 978455


Dr Sally Benson, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Chief Psychological Professions Officer:, 01603 421350

Person Specification
  • Training in clinical psychology at post-graduate doctoral level, as accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society) or equivalent
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist

  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of six years
  • Experience of working with service users within the designated specialty
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training professional and clinical supervision

  • Post qualification experience within the designated specialty where the post is located
  • Experience of leading qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of representing the profession
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Supervising and training others to do research
  • Management and leadership experience

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • A high level ability to communicate complex information effectively
  • Working in partnership
  • Service improvement
  • Leadership - the ability to lead people through service change
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • An interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills

  • Knowledge and skills to carry out complex multivariate statistical analyses, create and manipulate databases, produce presentational materials and scientific papers and books at publications standard, posters and power point presentations
  • Management and leadership skills

  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice in relation to service users in the designated specialty and mental health generally
  • National policy with respect to clinical psychology and psychotherapy
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the British Psychological Society
  • Training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Ability to identify and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice

  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Service evaluation tools, including audit
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic professional journals and / or books
  • Management knowledge including knowledge of HR processes, staff development and performance management models.

  • Ability to travel independently

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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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