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Principal Clinical Psychologist

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has emerged for a highly skilled Principle Clinical Psychologist to join the Tier 3 Weight Management service.

This role is an integral part of the multidisciplinary team offering specialist weight management intervention to patients with complex obesity and covers North Cumbria.

The post holder will provide a high quality and effective psychology service including one to one intervention with service users (and, occasionally, families and carers) and group interventions as necessary.

Main duties of the job

  • To act as Principle Psychologist, ensuring all adults who experience cognitive and emotional problems linked with obesity and who meet Tier 3 criteria in North Cumbria have access to high quality psychological assessment and care.
  • To support the multidisciplinary team (including medics, dieticians and physiotherapists) in considering psychological wellbeing and cognitive issues throughout the care pathway and to provide advice on evidence based interventions.
  • To act as a senior rehabilitation clinician within Tier 3 and other relevant MDTs, e.g. Tier 4, advising on complex issues such as capacity and safeguarding.
  • To be an expert resource to the MDT about the psychological issues in weight management approaches.
  • To provide expert advice, training for all health care professionals involved including, where relevant, primary, and secondary care and ensure a highly effective psychologically informed approach to weight management interventions.
  • To ensure evidence based psychological approach to the interventions delivered across the Tier 3 Adult Weight Management service.

About us

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria. The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.

Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of 'safe, high quality care every time':
  • Being a clinically led organisation
  • Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust
  • A positive patient experience every time
  • A great place to work
  • Managing our money well

As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.

Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL). Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment.Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.

If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts. Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.
  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

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  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:
  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email:

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The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: �18 + Administration cost of �3.85 = �21.85. Deducted at �6.85 from 1st month salary and �5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: �38 + administration cost of �3.90 = �41.90. Deducted at �11.90 from 1st month salary and �10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27 day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person Specification



  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office functions and a willingness to further develop these as required
  • Ability to travel independently of public transport over a wide geographical are
  • Commitment to attending MDT core meetings.


  • Willingness to work flexibly
  • An awareness of own strengths and limitations



  • Good honours degree (min 2:1) in Psychology.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or equivalent for those trained before 1996) as accred-ited by BPS & HCPC.
  • Registration as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist with HCPC.
  • Training for and/or experience of clinical supervision of practicing psychologists and/or doctoral degree trainees.
  • Post qualification training or experience in utilising psychological theories and clinical approaches to physical health, to include specific applicability to Weight Management and Eating Disorders


  • Practitioner Full Member status within the Division of Clinical or Counselling Psychology.
  • Other specialist further training or experience in physical health psychology for ex-ample Respiratory conditions, chronic pain, diabetes, or oth-er life limiting illness.



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the life course and presenting with a range of clinical severity across a wide range of care settings including outpatient, community, in-patient and residential care settings.
  • Ability & preparedness to work to professional guidelines. Ability to interpret general clinical, professional & organisational policies & to use own independent initiative to establish how they should be applied within the area of specialty
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Substantial post-qualification experience in the areas of psychology of Obesity and/or eating disorders and working in weight management in a range of settings.
  • Substantial experience or training in more than one therapeutic intervention.
  • Training and/or substantial experience of psychological assessment & intervention within Weight Management or Eating Disorders
  • Experience of NHS management tasks (e.g. supervision of junior psychology staff recruitment & selection)
  • Experience of negotiating with NHS managers, professional colleagues & other agencies.
  • Ability to design & implement policy for specialist psychological services & to propose service changes that impact beyond that area of activity.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts and working within a multicultural frame-work.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to integrate highly complex clinical information into a coherent formulation, and to apply this in treatment, management and rehabilitation.
  • The ability to both work autonomously and also collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional col-leagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in the administration of psychometric tests where timing and accurate manipulation are essential to accuracy.
  • Demonstrable ability to exercise full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment
  • Ability to articulate and interpret clearly the role of the profession of clinical psy-chology based upon a good understanding of the framework of government and national professional policy.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including com-plex multivariate data analysis.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group, mental health and mental capacity.
  • Knowledge of clinical caseload management within a team setting
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
  • Willingness to develop leader-ship and management skills.

Employer details

Employer name

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust



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