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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Band 7/8A

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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We are delighted to offer a range of full time / part time opportunities for Clinical or Counselling Psychologists at both Band 8a and Band 7 based in the Gedling Adult Local Mental Health Teams (within the Nottingham Area). We would welcome applications from those due to qualify in 2024. For Band 7 applicants we are able to offer the opportunity to progress to an 8a after one year's full-time employment and completion of a portfolio to demonstrate competence to work at that level. We are also committed to providing successful applicants support to pursue relevant extended training. Relocation costs are also available as appropriate.

For applicants who have completed the taught element of training - but are yet to qualify we will seek to offer you a short-fixed term contact at Band 6 to enable you to complete your registration before moving to a Band 7 on qualification.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the group of psychologists working into the Local Mental Health Teams (LMHT's) in Nottinghamshire Adult Mental Health Community Services. The LMHT's have a range of mental health professionals working within them and support people who experience a variety of mental health difficulties, including complex trauma, psychosis, depression, anxiety, dissociation, self-harm and life-threatening behaviours.

Main duties of the job

We see the role of the LMHT psychologist as:

To enhance the psychological mindedness of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and Adult Mental Health Service as well as improve the psychological competence and confidence of non-psychologists within the MDT to deliver psychological interventions.

As such we believe the role is ideally suited to someone who wants to work within an MDT setting and apply and develop their skills and interests across a broad and varied range of activities.

As a group we prioritise the individual Psychologist's well-being. We want Psychologist's to thrive and get the most from their employment as well as being able to balance this with their home life. We also believe that Psychology support is much more than providing therapy and Psychologists are therefore encouraged and given the freedom to develop their interests not only within direct clinical work, but also around the broader application of psychology to the mental health difficulties of the population we serve.

About us

Nottinghamshire Healthcare employs over 10,000 colleagues who help #MakeADifference every day. We provide intellectual disability, mental health, community health, forensic and offender healthcare services across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Care is delivered from over 120 sites within the community from acute settings and across low, medium and high secure environments including prisons.As one of the largest mental health and community trusts in the East Midlands and one of the biggest employers in Nottinghamshire. We are also home to national and regional services such as the National High Secure Deaf Service and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.We are committed to flexible and agile working, including the opportunity to join our bank.Your health and wellbeing is our priority and as such we invest significantly in this via our in-house Occupational Health Service, Staff Counselling Service and Health and Wellbeing Team.We offer a number of employee-led staff networks, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) groups, our Green Champions Network, Freedom to Speak Up Network. Health and Wellbeing Champions Network and Menopause Champions. We provide care to a diverse range of communities and are passionate about supporting diversity and inclusion in the Trust.If you believe in our values of Trust, Honesty, Respect, Compassion and Teamwork, then we would love to hear from you!#TeamNottsHC

Job description

Job responsibilities

Together with individual work with service users, we encourage and support non-direct work with staff within the LMHT (supervision, training) together with initiatives which enhance the psychological mindedness of the wider directorate (e.g. articles, wider training). As such we believe the role is ideally suited to someone who wants to work within an MDT setting and apply and develop their skills and interests across a broad and varied range of activities. The postholder will be an integral part of the LMHT they work in and based with the team. For Band 7 postholders, there will also be support and supervision from a more experienced psychologist, and the responsibilities will be adjusted accordingly.

As well as being part of a LMHT the successful candidates will be part of a friendly group of psychologists who work across the Greater Nottingham LMHTs. We will provide you with opportunities to develop professionally within committed and supportive adult mental health services and play an important role in supporting and increasing access to psychological therapies within community settings.

Person Specification



  • Highly developed specialist knowledge
  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree, postgraduate doctoral degree clinical supervision
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Doctorate level qualification in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) or Counselling Psychology accredited by the BPS



  • Core Doctoral Level Training in either Clinical or Counselling Psychology


  • Specialist training in specific therapeutic approaches or clinical specialties



  • Of working psychologically with adults who have a range of mental health difficulties, and of interventions with individuals and care systems
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting
  • Evaluating and auditing professional work


  • Supervising other clinicians
  • Publication in peer-reviewed research journals
  • Teaching mental health professionals about psychological issues



  • Understanding of theories and interventions relevant to adults with Mental Health Difficulties, their families and support systems
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic approaches
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology


  • Critical awareness of current themes in Adult Mental Health policy and research
  • Extended knowledge in additional interventions/assessments/ models



  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and relationship building skills
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention using a range of psychological models with service users with mental health difficulties
  • Planning skills to organise workload and delivery of client care
  • Effective IT skills


  • Skills in providing consultation and training to other professional and non-professional groups

Values and Behaviours


  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate at interview that they act in line with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Values: Trust Honesty Respect Compassion Teamwork
  • All colleagues are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and how it applies to their role. The Trust's expectations are highlighted within our EDI Policy, and associated EDI and Human Rights legislation

Employer details

Employer name

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Gedling LMHT



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