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Directorate Lead Psychologist

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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Job Details

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced consultant clinical psychologist to apply for a Directorate Lead Psychologist post in our Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Secured Services Directorate.

In this role you would provide overall leadership, supervision and managerial support to the consultant psychologists who are leading a range of specialist psychology-led teams and specialties. These teams include our adult eating disorder team, complex PTSD service, personality disorder hub, and adult neurodevelopmental team, as well as specialty networks within adult mental health (community and inpatients), older adults, perinatal mental health and learning disabilities specialties.

You would also work closely with other senior clinical and managerial colleagues as part of the Directorate Management team and Clinical Executive to oversee the overall governance and quality of service delivery in the Directorate.

We are looking for a very experienced consultant psychologist, who has extensive and varied clinical expertise as well as demonstrable skills and experience in the leadership and management of others. The ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders and colleagues across complex systems is essential for the role.

In the role you would receive support and supervision from the Trust's Chief Psychologist, as well as working closely with senior colleagues in the Directorate Management Team.

Main duties of the job

To provide strategic and professional leadership for psychology and the wider psychological professions across the Directorate.

To line manage and supervise all the lead Consultant Psychologists in each Team/Specialty within the Directorate.

To hold overall responsibility for the Directorate budget for psychological professions staff, and psychology-led teams, delegating responsibility to lead Consultant Psychologists as appropriate.

To provide overall clinical leadership for psychological practice across the Directorate, and to ensure systems are in place and working effectively for the supervision and governance of psychological professions staff.To facilitate training, development and application of agreed models of psychological, psychosocial and psycho-educational interventions as needed within the Trust.

To support with the implementation of the programme to expand Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Health Problems (PT-SMHP) across the Directorate, including workforce developments, expanding professional roles, and ensuring high-quality systems of training and supervision for practitioners and students.

To provide expert advice, consultation and supervision on the provision of psychological therapy and psychologically-informed care as required across the range of services and teams within the scope of the Directorate.

About us

NHFT is an integrated primary care and mental health Trust, providing physical, mental health and specialty services in both hospital settings and out in the community. Because we put the person at the centre of all we do, we focus on delivering care that is as easy to access as possible. This means many of our services can be provided at home, work or in schools.We also provide health services to various prisons and detention centres in Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

NHFT promotes a culture of learning to improve the care and safety of our patients and staff, which focuses on people who enable our Trust to be 'outstanding' by supporting opportunity, innovation, development and growth.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To interpret national and local policy and strategy relating to clinical psychology and specialist psychological therapies in the context of NHFTs service development and delivery. The post holder will be responsible for policy and service development and implementation for psychological therapies and psychology-led teams across the Directorate.

In liaison with clinical and operational leads, undertake such performance measures, survey, audit and research activities as are necessary to monitor the effectiveness and efficiency of clinical psychology and specialist psychological therapies against agreed outcome and activity goals.

To work as a key member of the Directorate Management Team (DMT) and Clinical Executive, working with senior operational and clinical colleagues to ensure the overall governance, quality and safety of all services provided with the Directorate as a whole.

Please see attached document for the detailed job description and person specification.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Clincial Experience


  • HCPC Registration
  • Extensive experience at Consultant Psychologist level
  • Varied clinical skills and experience (e.g. across different specialties, modalities etc.)

Management and leadership


  • Extensive experience of leadership and management at Consultant psychologist level
  • Demonstrable experience/skills in delivering service change and transformation


  • Demonstrable experience in management of people and complex HR issues

Employer details

Employer name

Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Newland House

Campbell Square



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