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Principal Clinical Psychologist/Psychological Therapist PDPathway Lead

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Great Yarmouth & Waveney
£54,764 to £63,862 a year gross per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Jul 2022

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Band 8B
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Full Time
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£3K Welcome Bonus (T&C'S apply)

This is a great opportunity for a practitioner psychologist or psychological therapist to lead our adult community personality disorders pathway in Great Yarmouth and Waveney. We have several practitioners from diverse professional background who trained in dialectical behavioural therapy and have implemented DBT treatments across the community services. Our care group is committed to develop further a pathway that consistently delivers high quality services for people with personality disorders, with a strong focus on evidence-based, and needs typing based approaches.

The post holder will work under the supervision of a consultant practitioner psychologist in order to develop further, monitor, and deliver a pathway of evidence-based interventions for service users with a personality disorder.

The post holder will lead and supervise psychological professionals delivering psychological interventions for service users with personality disorders in the CMHTs and in the primary care network (PCN).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will deliver training to staff in CMHTs and PCN in order to develop awareness, formulation skills, and MDT interventions according to a stepped care approach.

The post holder will lead on rolling out training on needs typing and ensure that this approach is consistently used to deliver psychological care to service users with personality disorders.

The post holder will lead on the evaluation of personality disorders services across the CMHTs and PCN.

The post holder will provide individual and group psychological interventions for service users with personality disorders and complex mental health issues across the two CMHTs.

The post holder will provide clinical supervision to staff who are qualified and in training.

The post holder will be a key player in supporting a co-produced vision of services development, enabling and empowering service users to have equal voice in shaping up psychological services.

We have strong links with the local university both for teachings and for supervision of doctoral trainees. We welcome innovation and we are keen to support quality improvement and research projects.

We are very committed to support diversity in the psychological professions and for all NSFT roles, therefore we welcome applications from applicants with diverse backgrounds.

About us

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.


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
  • Relocation packages.

Job description
Job responsibilities

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 in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; 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.

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Person Specification
  • Reasonable confidence and competence in using IT systems (e.g. Outlook, Word, clinical or other record systems) relevant to the role.

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity
  • Relevant experience in service area
  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist and evidence of specialist knowledge gained through practice and ongoing training
  • Application of psychology/psychological therapies in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Teaching, training and delivering clinical supervision.

  • Working in the relevant service to support specialist knowledge
  • Representing psychology/psychological therapies within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).
  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post

  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BPS
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) or a recorded/registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy - plus further post graduate level diploma qualification training in CBT and Accredited as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist by the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP).
  • Further post-qualification, post-graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • Practitioner level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy
  • Providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/BABCP.
  • Legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems
  • Creating and delivering presentations and training programmes in line with specialist knowledge.

  • Able to identify, and employ appropriate clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice
  • Ability to travel independently

  • Experience of providing specific support intervention and strategy for staff.

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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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