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Clinical Psychologist for Learning Disabilities

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
9 Mar 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist to join the North Essex Learning Disability Specialist Health Services. This is a part time (0.5 WTE) post in the North East Community Team. The post holder would be based in Lexden Hospital in Colchester, with opportunities for some remote working.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for a motivated individual who is enthusiastic about working with people who have learning disabilities and complex needs. The post holder will be involved in providing assessments /formulations, individual and group therapy, neurodevelopmental assessments and interventions with clients, carers and families.

As well as a clinical caseload, the post holder will have the opportunity to become involved in service planning and development, research, teaching and training, depending on the applicant's interest.

You would be joining a dynamic and supportive team of Clinical Psychologists, Arts Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Psychiatrists and Nurses. You will receive regular supervision and the service is committed to CPD with internal and external training opportunities. The service has active links with both Essex and Hertfordshire Clinical Psychology Training Programmes.

The ability to travel independently between locations to fulfil the requirements of the post is essential.

We welcome informal inquiries and visits.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?

Then please read on...

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a specialist Clinical Psychology service to adults with learning disabilities and service providers and carers within North East Essex, in particular to the North East Essex Community Team.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessment and interventions, as well as offering advice and consultation on service users psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and other non-professional carers.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the teams policies and procedures.
  • To use research skills for audit, service development and research.
  • Contribute to identifying key areas and priorities for psychology service provision.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology or approved equivalent.
  • Registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.



  • Previous experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist and specifically with people with a learning disability.
  • Experience of working with a range of people, across the range of clinical severity in community and residential settings.
  • Experience of working in team with multiple disciplines and managing complex interdisciplinary situations.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of Clinical Psychology in different cultural contexts


  • Experience in managing and leading service development projects.
  • Experience in providing psychological consultation to other service providers in the statutory, private and voluntary sectors



  • Skills in methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Knowledge of the psychological theory and practice in relation to difficult to treat groups (e.g. people with challenging behaviour, personality disorder, dual diagnoses or additional disabilities.)
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and analysis within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Lexden Hospital, London Road, Colchester, CO3 4DB

London Road



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