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Clinical Psychologist - Older Adults Inpatient

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
18 Apr 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist to work within our older persons mental health inpatient wards.

The post involves providing a psychology service to the two older person's wards in Taunton, which cater for both people with dementia and people with acute mental health difficulties. Work will involve a mixture of individual work, group work, consultation, training, and supervision.

There will be opportunities for service development projects and for gaining leadership experience. We are working to further enhance trauma informed approaches and your interest in and input to this will be welcomed. We value your continuing professional development and there are opportunities for tailored clinical supervision. The Trust is committed to developing opportunities for research and you would be welcome to be part of this.

Somerset is an innovative and supportive Trust to work in. You will be joining a well-established Older Persons service and will be part of the Inpatient and Urgent Care network.

We can consider and support a band 7 preceptorship to develop into band 8a.

Main duties of the job

You will be responsible for providing a high quality, psychological service to older people in Somerset who have been admitted to one of our two Older Adult mental health wards. There will be a strong emphasis on developing formulations and supporting staff to implement psychologically informed care plans (Dialog+) and understanding behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. This varied and stimulating role will give you the opportunity to work with older people with a wide range of mental health difficulties, both organic and functional.

There will be significant opportunities for service development within this role. You can be confident that you'll be supported by both a senior member of the Older People's Psychology Services, and the Inpatient and Urgent Network, to establish a robust and evidence based psychological service. Psychology in Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has good links with local doctoral training courses and there will be opportunities for teaching as well as for audit and research.

Depending on your interest, you will be supported to undertake continuing professional development (CPD) which could include Systemic Family Therapy, Neuropsychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, continuing professional development and regular informal conversations around career progression, annual recognition awards to celebrate and recognise our colleagues achievements throughout the year and not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

We work hard to make sure that inclusion is part of everything we do. We know that true inclusion means we're able to provide the best care for our patients and provide a fulfilling career for all our colleagues.

The benefits of working in Somerset include the idyllic countryside, with our areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines. You will get to enjoy these perks whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London - there is truly something for everyone!

There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.

We have six active and impactful colleague networks. These networks provide a safe space for colleagues to share their experiences and learn from one another, but also influence change across our trust:
  • Multicultural Network
  • Women's Network
  • Armed Forces' Network
  • LGBTQ+ Network
  • Lived Experience Network, for colleagues living with disabilities
  • Autistic Colleague Network

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To undertake highly specialist psychological assessments based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex 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, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans in conjunction with services within the Inpatient MDT for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and current evidence-based best practice, taking into account the current NICE guidelines.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups. And to be able to adjust and refine psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for psychological assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan. This will include the training and clinical supervision of Inpatient MDT practitioners specialising in psychosocial interventions / basic psychological interventions. This will include advice and intervention with respect to clients with behaviours which challenge.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients in accordance with Trust policy and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To contribute towards effective discharge planning, liaising with a range of statutory and non-statutory providers as required. This is likely to include CMHTs, care agencies and care homes, primary care providers, day service providers, informal carers and family members.
  • To develop effective links with the range of agencies, statutory and non-statutory, involved in providing care and support to clients and families / support networks

Please see attached JD for further details

Person Specification

qualifications & Training


  • Professional qualification in Clinical Psychology at doctoral level or equivalent & eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status in the British Psychological Society.
  • Registered with HCPC as a qualified Clinical Psychologist


  • Further training in at least one or more additional specialised area of psychological relevance (e.g. neuropsychology, staff training, research methodology, and/ or psychological therapy).



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of clinical applications of the Mental Capacity Act and other relevant legislation within a relevant service.
  • Knowledge of the range of mental health difficulties which impact on people in Older Adult, including mood related difficulties, dementia and psychosis.
  • Evidence of CPD as by HCPC and the BPS



  • Experience of working with a range of complex presentations and a good understanding of the complexities and challenges of working with an Older Adult population. This includes maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Previous experience of neuropsychological and psychological assessment with clients with dementia.
  • Previous experience of delivering individual and group based structured psychological interventions to clients with severe and complex mental health problems.
  • Experience in risk assessment, formulation and management
  • Experience of working as a clinical psychologist demonstrating competencies relevant to the position required for Band 8a.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.


  • Experience of working with families.
  • Experience of working in inpatient settings.
  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multi-disciplinary and multi-agency contexts.
  • Experience of working with complex trauma and with systems working around people who have experienced trauma.

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups. .
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to provide rapid psychological assessment and brief psychological interventions, especially in the management of risk.
  • Strong leadership qualities, resilience and ability to handle ambiguity and uncertainty



  • Car driver with a valid driving licence and have access to transport with appropriate business insurance in order to travel throughout the Trust

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Pyrland Ward

Cheddon Road



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