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Principal Psychologist

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
A rare opportunity has arisen for a registered psychologist to join our Specialist Community Forensic Team (SCFT). The post-holder will work in the Hull and East Riding Team based at the Humber Centre, with travel in the region to see service users. We are looking for a motivated and compassionate practitioner with an interest in working with adults who present with complex mental health difficulties and offending/risk behaviours.

The post is suited to an experienced, knowledgeable and autonomous individual. The post-holder will support dynamic development within the SCFT, whilst providing evidence-based psychological interventions and practice.

You will benefit from being part of our friendly psychology team consisting of Clinical and Forensic Psychologists we maintain strong cohesion as a department whilst being integral members of multi-disciplinary teams. There will be opportunities for peer support from the other Psychologists working within the Department, and possibly opportunities to work into our in-patient or prison pathways. The Department has well-established links with the University of Hull.

We are looking for a Psychologist with experience of managing forensic risk, and a strong track record of working with complex mental disorder. The successful candidate will provide strong, effective clinical leadership to the team and will work alongside regional and local counterparts.

You will provide receive and provide regular supervision and training.

Main duties of the job

The Principal Psychologist is accountable for providing high standard clinical services within the Forensic Community Team.

Key responsibilities include:
  • High-Quality Psychology Service: Ensuring the provision of a high-quality psychology service to Forensic Community Services. This involves strong, effective leadership, engagement with service users, carers and partners, and a trauma-informed approach to specialist forensic consultation, assessment and intervention within the community.
  • Coordination and Direction: Co-coordinate the planning and organisation of specialist psychological services within the locality area, in agreement with the Clinical Lead/Operational Manager. Provide clinical supervision, offer advice, and consult on service users' psychological care and risk management to colleagues.
  • Collaboration and Expertise: Work alongside other teams and agencies, providing expert guidance for people accessing the teams services. Demonstrate advanced psychological skills, deliver high-quality care, and contribute to reviewing, developing and monitoring operational/clinical policy.
  • Research and Development: Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development within the relative service area.

About us

We are an award winning and CQC rated good health and social care Trust delivering integrated services across Hull, East and North Yorkshire. Find out more on our website

We are a forward thinking and dynamic Trust with a real commitment to staff development. We value our colleagues and invest in them to ensure they have the right skills to deliver outstanding care.

We are proud to score above or equal to the average for all NHS People Promise theme areas demonstrating our commitment to improve the experience of working in the NHS for everyone. Wherever you work we know you will receive a warm welcome and all the support you'll need to get you started.

We recognise the positive value of diversity and promotes equality whilst challenging discrimination. We welcome and encourage job applications from people of all backgrounds.

Work life balance is about having influence and flexibility over when, where and how you work. If the work pattern for this role does not meet your needs, we welcome an application and are happy to discuss working arrangements that differ from those advertised.

We offer a unique range of benefits that go above and beyond other NHS Trusts including an enhanced leave package and health and wellbeing support.

From city to countryside, market towns to moors you'll find a place to call home including some of the most affordable places to live in the UK.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information with regard to this vacancy please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology or its equivalent accredited by the BPS
  • Additional short specialist courses with demonstrable impact on practice.


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



  • Demonstrable experience of working as a practitioner psychologist, to include a significant period of working at a senior level in the specific specialist field where the post is held
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision


  • Proven leadership/management experience



  • Able to demonstrate effective communication skills
  • Evidence of resiliency when working with challenging client groups

Employer details

Employer name

Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust


Humber Centre

Beverley Road, Willerby


HU10 6ED

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