Skip to main content

This job has expired

Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Hebden Bridge
£43,742 to £57,349 a year PRO-RATA
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

View more

Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
30 Hours Per Week

We are seeking a highly motivated and compassionate Clinical Psychologist to join the Calderdale Learning Disability Community Health Team (LDCHT). This is a permanent position at 4 days week.

The team is friendly and welcoming, with good inter-professional relationships and excellent staff retention. We are based in the town of Hebden Bridge, which has good rail links and free staff car parking. The Trust offers flexible working, and staff are supported to work agilely.

Our multi-disciplinary team provides specialist assessments and interventions to adults with a learning disability from the Calderdale locality who present with complex physical, behavioural and mental health needs. We work closely with our clients, their support networks, local services and agencies to provide services that are person-focused and trauma-informed.

Calderdale is one of four LDCHTs across the Trust and has strong links with the other teams. Each locality team is well resourced for Psychology and there are Principal and Consultant posts in each team, which offers strong leadership, high quality supervision and opportunities for career development.

There are various training opportunities for staff, with real commitment in our service to developing expertise in specialist therapeutic approaches, assessment and interventions within the teams. We have strong links with the University of Leeds Doctorate.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for managing an active caseload and will work to offer specialist assessment, formulations and interventions with clients, families, services and multi agencies. This work will include direct and indirect ways of working and often involve complex work with clients wider systems to better inform their psychological care and support.

This work will include working with individuals who exhibit behaviours of concern and will include assessments and intervention with families, carers, staff teams and other professionals to support the development and implementation of positive behavioural support plans.

Work will also often involve supporting individuals and systems in crisis and supporting the prevention of placement breakdown and/or hospital admission, together with the MDT and at times the learning disability Intensive Support Team.

There is an expectation that the post holder will offer regular formulation and reflective spaces to the team to support the delivery of high-quality clinical work across the team. There will be lots of opportunities to help shape our clinical pathways and to become involved in staff team training and service development and research projects.

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

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

This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The post holder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the post holder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

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

Provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention.

Provide advice and consultation on psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues, and other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines, and the overall framework of the team and trusts policies and procedures.

Supervise and support Psychology Assistants, Trainees and Band 7 HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research within the areas served by the team/service.

To offer consultation and supervision when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of service users.

To provide supervision of Band 7 Clinical Psychologists, doctoral level clinical psychology trainees, assistant psychologists and trainees from other disciplines as appropriate.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
  • Significant Post qualification experience in a Setting relevant to the post.
  • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Psychologist.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post.
  • A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Good Psychometric Assessment skills.
  • Experience of assisting in training of Post Graduate Clinical Psychology Trainees.
  • Exceptional communication skills in verbal, non verbal and written modes.
  • Ability to empathise and develop good therapeutic alliance.
  • Ability to Formulate Complex processes.
  • Capacity to conduct Psychometric Assessment.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • Keyboard skills.
  • Manual Dexterity for conducting tests.


  • Working with people in Crisis.
  • Working on an in-patient Psychiatric ward.

Personal Attributes


  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).
  • To transport Psychometric testing equipment.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Frequent, protracted sustained and intense concentration.
  • Show respect and treat people with dignity.
  • Be able to give bad news sensitively.
  • Be able to sustain empathy in difficult situations.
  • Be aware of all interviewees in any situation.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of groupwork.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Hebden Bridge Health Centre

Hangingroyd Lane

Hebden Bridge

West Yorkshire


Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert