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Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
5 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Full time = 37.5 hours per week.

Join us as a Clinical Psychologist in an innovative and expanding Service under the Integrated Care System (ICS). The post available is Band 8a, but a Band 7 development post would also be considered.

This post arose from a collaborative effort between South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust and Bradford District Care Foundation Trust to develop an Autism Pathway across their shared localities.

As a Clinical Psychologist with us, you will contribute to a specialist area of practice and grow professionally in a supportive, forward-thinking environment. We seek a dedicated professional passionate about mental health and eager to be part of an innovative approach in mental health care. Your role will make a real difference in the lives of those with Autism and ADHD, in a team that values your expertise and commitment to excellence.

Enjoy the flexibility of remote work for clinical administrative tasks, with the added option of hot-desk facilities at our Wakefield base and other Trust sites. You will have a clinic plan involving client engagement, creating detailed assessment reports, and engaging in continuous professional development (CPD).

Our commitment to staff wellbeing and work-life quality is evident in our recent Wellbeing Survey, surpassing Trust benchmarks in resources & communication, workload balance, job security, work relationships, and job conditions.

Main duties of the job

In this role as a Clinical Psychologist, you will be responsible for providing high standard psychological services within our multidisciplinary team. Your duties will include:

Expert Psychological Care: Conducting specialist assessments and interventions to address complex mental health issues.

Consultation and Guidance: Offering advice on psychological care to colleagues and non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and trust policies.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Overseeing the work of Psychology Assistants, Trainees, aiding their professional development.

Research and Development: Utilising research skills for audits, policy development, service development, and research activities.

Clinical Duties: Performing in-depth psychological assessments, formulating and implementing treatment plans, managing risks, and maintaining a client caseload.

Teaching and Supervision: Engaging in continuous professional development, providing supervision to junior staff and trainees.

Research Contributions: Applying doctoral-level research skills for service audits, evaluations, and supporting evidence-based practices.

The position is 37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday.

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


  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment for service users experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health/psychological problems 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 observation and semi-structured interviews with service users, their family and/or carers.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological intervention and/or management of mental health/psychological and/or behavioural difficulties based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and exercising expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practice across a full range of care settings.
  • To establish rapport and build effective working relationships with service users and all those involved in their psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.
  • To work jointly with other team members and professionals in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to service users and, where appropriate, their families/carers.
  • To follow appropriate local Safeguarding Adults and Children policies in all clinical work, including close liaison with all relevant agencies.
  • To provide specialist risk assessment of, and intervention to, service users who may present in local acute settings in line with agreed procedures
  • To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of service users, offering consultation and supervision where necessary.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychological interventions and to autonomously manage a caseload of clients.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users, the settings in which they present, and agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.
  • To participate in the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment of service users.

  • Teaching, Training, Consultation and Supervision

    1. To receive regular professional supervision from a Senior HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist and where appropriate, other Senior Clinicians.

    2. To continue to access continuing professional development opportunities in line with agreed targets and agreed personal development plan up to one session per week (pro rata).

    3. To assist in providing supervision to Band 7 HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologists, doctoral level Clinical Psychology trainees, trainees from other disciplines as appropriate, and assistant/graduate psychologists to ensure that they acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care of Service users and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.

    4. To contribute to advice, consultation, teaching and training of professionals from all agencies concerned with the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of service users in community and in-patient settings as appropriate.

    Research, Audit and Evaluation

    1. To use doctoral level research skills for audit and evaluation in relation to relevant aspects of the Service.

    2. To contribute to research in the service area.

    3. To utilise theory, evidence based literature and research to support evidence based practice of self and others.

    4. To provide advice on research projects to other staff within the service around appropriate methodology, statistical analysis, etc.

    5. To undertake project management as required to aid service development.

    6. To follow appropriate ethical and professional standards and research governance procedures when conducting relevant research, audit and evaluation.


    1. To maintain HCPC professional registration and to maintain the highest professional standards of practice, through professional self-governance in accordance with the relevant professional codes of practice and Trust policies and procedures, and active participation in internal and external CPD training in consultation with the post-holders professional and service managers(s).

    2. To adhere to the administrative and audit protocols of the service. To develop and maintain audit protocols for the Service.

    3. To regularly attend and participate in team meetings, away-days and other professional meetings that are appropriate to the role. To attend local and regional groups agreed to be appropriate for the role.

    4. To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the fields of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

    5. To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC, British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

    6. To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to service users with mental health issues.

    7. The post holder will be required to work flexibly in terms of base and in hours of clinical availability.

    For full Job Description please see the attached in 'Supporting Information'

    Person Specification



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



    • 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.



    • Completion of formal training to meet eligibility as clinical supervisor of Doctoral Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

    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.

    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).

    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.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Manygates Clinic, Belle Isle Health Park

    Portobello Road


    WF1 5PN

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