Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
West Suffolk
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum / pro rata
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist -Band 8a or Band 7 Preceptorship

Posts are available in our friendly recovery teams for 2.8 wte 8a Clinical Psychologists committed to multidisciplinary working, to build on the team's existing capacity for safe delivery of psychologically informed care. Psychologists are highly valued in West Suffolk and the post holder will enjoy working alongside non-psychology colleagues that are enthusiastic about psychologically informed practice, as well as an 8b Clinical Psychologist, a Clinical Associate Psychologist and an Assistant Psychologist in each team, with a Consultant Psychologist overseeing. The posts offer opportunities to develop leadership skills, as well as to become involved in the transformation of services. We have strong structures in place for clinical supervision and encourage collaboration with other psychologists in the Trust. We are committed to investing in our colleagues, and will support your CPD aspirations - choose from DBT, EMDR, ACT and CBT-p (or other relevant course) to enable your development as a specialist practitioner in secondary care. The post offers flexibility and structure and a highly supportive, engaged psychology team, who have your development as a person and practitioner at their heart. Opportunities to gain experience in an alternative setting can be negotiated

Main duties of the job

You will provide psychological assessment, formulation and intervention directly to service users presenting with a range of mental health concerns, as well offering consultation and advice to team colleagues, working indirectly to benefit the service user and support the team. We have a strong focus on group work, and you will have opportunity to facilitate groups and innovate and develop new ones as the need arises. You will help the team develop their psychological skills and deliver psychologically informed interventions via reflective practice and clinical supervision and will offer training as required. There are opportunities to supervise assistant psychologists and clinical psychology trainees. You will help embed the use of DIALOG+ to develop co-produced care plans and help drive forward the Trust Formulation Strategy. We encourage participation in the Trust Recovery College - attending, developing and delivering co-produced courses alongside our colleagues with lived experience of using mental health services.

About us

There are exciting changes happening within West Suffolk, in line with transformation plans that integrate mental health with physical and social care and bring services closer to communities and more accessible to those that use them. As such, the post offers opportunities to contribute to the evolution of services, and to lead on the development, delivery and evaluation of psychologically informed care packages as part of the secondary mental health care offer. Bases for the posts are in Newmarket, Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds.

The teams enjoy a good working atmosphere. Colleagues support each other, and value each other's contributions. You will feel an integral part of the multidisciplinary community team and enjoy relationships with psychology colleagues across other teams via supervision arrangements and regular psychology meetings. Research interests are encouraged and supported.

Job description
Job responsibilities

For further details regarding this role, please see the attached job description and person specification.

We welcome applications from newly qualified or qualifying psychologists and are able to offer the post as a band 7 preceptorship post.

Person Specification
  • Qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology accredited by BPS
  • Registered as practitioner psychologist with HCPC

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more relevant areas of psychological practice

  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post

  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist in a setting relevant to the post
  • Experience of consulting to, teaching and training MDT staff
  • Experience of supervising psychology and MDT staff

  • Practice level skill in assessment and psychological therapy approaches relevant to complex adult mental health settings

  • Developed expertise in supervision, assessment or therapy approach relevant to post
  • Evidence of audit, service evaluation and research skills

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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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