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Principal Applied Psychologist

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
12 Mar 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking an enthusiastic and creative Clinical / Counselling Psychologist to play a lead role in the Staff Psychology Service, offering support to all staff working across the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital sites. The Staff Psychology Service was launched on 1stMarch 2023 and is commissioned to provide a range of evidence based psychological support and interventions to staff, to enable them to manage the emotional impact of working in the NHS.

The successful candidate will act as the primary contact for one of four divisions within the trust building relationships with key stakeholders and working collaboratively to identify professional groups, staff teams and individuals who would benefit from specialist psychological support. There are numerous opportunities to work collaboratively with colleagues in the Staff Psychology Service as well as with service leaders and multidisciplinary colleagues across the trust.

Main duties of the job

  • To work with leaders to identify individual staff and teams who would benefit from psychological intervention.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and formulation for teams and staff members.
  • To provide a range of psychological interventions.
  • To provide psychological debriefs in response to incidents.
  • To work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and deliver bespoke interventions and resources.
  • To maintain an awareness of the impact challenges at an individual or team level may have on the provision of safe and good quality clinical care, reporting all concerns through the appropriate channels whilst taking all reasonable steps to maintain client confidentiality.
  • Undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provide highly specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management and the high physical risks inherent in the client group.

About us

The Staff Psychology Service is comprised of a number of mental health professionals including other applied psychologists, a psychological therapist and a counsellor as well administrative support. There is a blended approach to work allowing the post holder to work on site and remotely. The successful candidate will report to the Lead for the Staff Psychology Service and the role will offer a wide range of development opportunities including opportunities to work with the Trust Lead Psychologist, contributing to interventions at an organisational level.

The service provides a range of interventions including psychological therapy, consultation and formulation, psychological debriefing and bespoke training. The Staff Psychology Service also contributes to a range of workstreams across the trust and has an important role in highlighting the importance of psychological thinking at an organisational level. The Service sits within the People Directorate, with close working with the Workforce Leads to identify needs across clinical and non clinical areas. The Staff Psychology Service provides proactive initiatives such as reflective practice and supervision and will work with leaders to promote practices to support staff wellbeing. There are opportunities for CPD.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full duties and responsibilities please refer to the attached document entitled Job Description.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • HCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist with Chartered Status Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees


  • EMDR Practitioner

Experience and Knowledge


  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the mental health or acute physical health with adults
  • Clinical experience in working with trauma - informed models of care
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team
  • Teaching, training, consultancy and clinical supervision
  • Research and development, auditing outcomes of clinical practice


  • Experience of providing psychological support to staff in an NHS setting, including Psychological Debriefing
  • Highly developed knowledge and skills in psychological care of NHS staff members and debriefing

Employer details

Employer name

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust


Princess Royal Hospital



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