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Principal Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
28 Feb 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Part Time - 22.5 Hours Per Week

As a principal clinical psychologist you will be a responsible for offering direct and indirect highly specialist clinical and risk assessments, formulations and interventions to clients experiencing high levels of distress and are under the care of the Intensive Home Treatment Team. You will apply skills and expertise in providing consultation and developing collaborative team formulations on clients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues. The successful candidate will be an excellent team player who is highly motivated in working alongside other professionals in the integrated multi-disciplinary team and being an integral part of the IHBTT service.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the role

1. To be responsible for promoting the psychological health and well-being of clients within the IHBTT service

2. To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist applied psychology service to clients within the IHBTT service

3. To lead on the implementation and development of psychological aspects of care within the IHBTT service

4. To directly and indirectly provide and coordinate highly specialist clinical and risk assessments, formulations and interventions to individuals and or groups, using a variety of applied psychology models

5. To provide consultation to the team and collaboratively formulate client care with non-psychology colleagues

6. To ensure the safe and effective provision of evidence based psychological interventions for clients within the IHBTT service

7. To clinically supervise psychology staff and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment and provide placements and supervision to Doctoral Clinical Psychology trainees

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


The post holder will provide a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients as part of the multidisciplinary team within the service.

The post holder will provide psychological assessments and interventions to clients within the service

The post holder will provide psychological assessment and interventions in keeping with evidence based practice working autonomously within the professional guidelines and within the overall framework of the Trusts policies and procedures.

The post holder will be involved with service development, research and audit in line with the service priorities

The post holder will be expected to supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

The post holder will work in collaboration with professionals, carers and service users offering advice, consultation and supervision as appropriate.



1 The post holder will develop and maintain therapeutic relationships with clients, including in group settings. This will include joint working with complex cases which require more specialised levels of assessment and therapeutic skills.

2 The post holder is expected to provide autonomous, highly specialist assessments of clients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of psychological of psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi structured interviews with clients, and, where appropariate, family members and others involved in the clients care.

3 The post holder will be expected to communicate with clients with a wide range of difficulties and other presentations, including clients with complex mental health difficulties and plan and organise broad range of complex activities.

4 The post holder will be expected to formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and /or management of a clients mental health problems including associated challenging behaviours, based on appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problem and employing methods of proven efficiency across the full range of care settings.

5 The post holder will be expected to make decisions and clinical judgements involving a range of highly complex factors in the context of inadequate or unavailable information, equivocal research/ evidence or where expert opinion differs.

6 The post holder will be expected to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based care plans.

7 The post holder is expected to act as care co-ordinator where appropriate, ensuring the provision of a care package for the clients needs, co coordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging the clients reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, the family and all others involved in the care and to monitor progress during the course of multidisciplinary interventions.

8 The post holder will have skills to communicate sensitive and complex information regarding personal psycho-social problems in an empathic and supportive way using the highest levels of interpersonal skills in situations which can be highly emotional and sometimes antagonistic.

9 The post holder will be expected to have responsibility and autonomy for the treatment and discharge of clients, whose problems are managed as a psychologically based care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.

10 The post holder will undertake risk assessments that will be used to inform/advise other professionals and carers where there are concerns in relation to mental health or risk taking behaviour.

11 The post holder will work with colleagues from other professional backgrounds and agencies to enable them to incorporate specialist psychological knowledge into their work.

12 The post holder will be expected to provide a flexible approach to engaging service users who may have difficulties engaging with the service by offering appointment in other, health centres, and home where appropriate.

Teaching, Training, Consultation and Supervision

13 The post holder will provide timely, appropriate and concise information (written and verbal) including the compilation of assessment and risk reports and summaries of therapeutic interventions including psychological reports in line with the Trusts Information Governance protocols.

14 The post holder will be expected to plan and manage their own time to meet expected workload across a number of complex activities and within specified time limits.

15 The post holder may be required to engage in physical activity involving role play with clients in a therapeutic setting.

16 The post holder will be exposed to highly emotive information, distressing situations and a possible risk of challenging behaviours.

Research, Audit and Evaluation

17 The post holder will be expected to contribute to the Safeguarding Adults and Childrens Agenda.

18 The post holder will actively promote user/carer involvement in all aspects of care planning and delivery whilst respecting the rights cultural needs, capabilities and wishes of the individual concerned.

19 The post holder will be expected to support the Person Centred Planning Agenda.

20 The post holder will receive regular clinical professional and safeguarding supervision and will be responsible for accessing this on a regular basis.

21 The post holder will be involved in the delivery of teaching, training, consultation and supervision and provide supervision to other colleagues and professionals as appropriate.

22 The post holder will provide training placements and participate in teaching for the relevant regional training programme. The post holder will assess the clinical competence of trainees and provide formal feedback to the relevant training body.


23 The post holder will supervise and hold clinical responsibility for the caseload of clinical psychology trainees and psychology assistants.

24 The post holder will contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology as appropriate.

25 The post holder will be required to maintain professional registration with the HCPC.

26 The post holder will consult with managers and colleagues regarding practice development and management issues.

27 The post holder will deliver services within the team based on the best evidence available.

28 The post holder will abide by the operational policy of the service and the Trusts wider policies and procedures.

29 The post holder will use appropriate leadership skills in day to day practice and have knowledge of relevant national and strategic developments.

30 The post holder will develop programmes of care and care packages in a specialist area in line with the best available evidence.

31 The post holder will be responsible for a delegated area of service of service provision and work closely with the Directorate Team to develop this area.

32 The post holder will be involved in service delivery in line with Trust and Directorate priorities.

33 The post holder will represent the service at multi-agency settings and contribute to the development of multi-agency services.

34 The post holder will manage the clinical work of less senior psychology staff and other professional staff where appropriate.

35 The post holder will be involved, as appropriate, in the short-listing and interviewing of staff where appropriate.

36 The post holder will work jointly with other team members in managing cases, and provide specific therapeutic techniques as required.

37 The post holder will be expected to participate in case management

38 The post holder will keep up-to-date with recent developments in clinical practice and provide evidence-based interventions and be able to demonstrate this in every day practice and at their annual appraisal.

39 The post holder will support the evaluation of practice with use of standardised measures and analysis of such.

40 The post holder will undertake R& D activity and lead on audit projects in line with the Clinical Governance Agenda.

41 The post holder will organise R& D activity of trainees/Assistants and supervise their evaluation of practice, service orientated research projects and experimental case reports.

42 The post holder is required to keep comprehensive clinical notes and consultation records as defined in the operational policy, utilising both case files and the services electronic patient record system.

43 The post holder is required to keep an up to date electronic diary.

44 The post holder will be responsible for the prudent use of equipment and resources.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Person Specification

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Commitment to service evaluation and consultation with service users.
  • Willingness to be flexible and adaptable in accordance with changing service priorities.
  • Commitment to challenging discrimination and improving accessibility to services

Personal Attributes


  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically mental health, clinical psychometrics and therapeutic interventions,
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Clinical psychologist.
  • Training in the supervision of doctoral level trainee psychologist.
  • Post qualification training in a relevant area of specialised practice relevant to the post.


  • Training in change management/service development principles



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people across a range of care settings, which may include outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of carrying out assessment and diagnosis and management within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of working as a HCPC clinical psychologist.
  • Experience of leading in an area of service development.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of complex mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in relation to the area of practice for this post
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