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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
Bridgwater, Somerset
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about making a difference to children and young people with complex mental health needs?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Wessex House team to support young people as the Principal Clinical Psychologist. You'll lead a psychology service offering direct and indirect provision to address the complex needs of young people within a multidisciplinary inpatient CAMHS service.

Wessex House is a generic adolescent inpatient unit, supporting young people from the age of 13 years, up until 18 years of age. Wessex House has developed effective working practices with a rich and diverse therapeutic structure.

In the most recent CQC inspection in May 2022 Wessex House was rated Good. Across all aspects of the service.

Knowledge and experience of a range of models of assessment, formulation and treatment to support young people presenting with complex difficulties is essential for this post. Providing supervision and support within the multidisciplinary team and across clinical networks will be an important feature of this senior role.

Main duties of the job

You will have broad understanding, skills and experience in mental health and also particular specialist interests and skills in evidence-based approaches that you will be able to share through direct clinical work and also through supervision, consultation and training.

Experience within a CAMHS service or relevant provision including working with children, young people and their families who have experienced early trauma is desirable. Knowledge and experience of DBT and supporting young people with managing risk behaviours would also be desirable.

We are seeking a confident, motivated and enthusiastic person, with a vision for improving the delivery of psychological, Recovery-focused and trauma-informed care within our supportive multidisciplinary ward setting.

You'll be able to work collaboratively and effectively in a multi-disciplinary context and be clear about the role of Psychology and Psychological Therapies within the MDT.

Personal qualities will include excellent listening and communication skills an ability to support and facilitate effective communication in teams resilience at times of change in the service and skills in supporting reflection and wellbeing in both yourself and others. Research, audit and QI will be encouraged. There are opportunities to support the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training at the University of Exeter.

About us

As an organisation, the NHS offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, pension contributions, market leading annual leave allowance, career progression, and regular conversations, not to mention our Blue Light Card and NHS exclusive discounts.

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 are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable. You will experience the best of both in Somerset, the countryside and the cosmopolitan - there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

You'll be encouraged to access suitable supportive networks, including the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Tier-4 CAMHS Psychologist peer reflective practice groups and the Child Psychology Meetings and CPD events.

For further details / to arrange an informal visit to the ward, please contact:

Dr Tamzin Coles, Consultant Clinical Psychologist 01823 368368

Dr Jenna Oliphant, Principal Clinical Psychologist 01278 454141

Hannah Evans, Ward Manager 01278 454141

Person Specification



  • Doctoral Clinical Psychology qualification or equivalent as accredited by the BPS
  • Eligible for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status
  • Registration with the Health & Care Professions Council
  • Completion of clinical supervision training (short course) to supervise doctoral Trainees.
  • Experience of working with children, young people and families who present with the full range of clinical severity including child protection and 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, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of working with clients with high risk presentations within CAMHS settings, such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts and actions and harm to others
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • To be able to demonstrate an awareness and responsibility whilst recognising the impact frequent exposure to distressing circumstances has on care and compassion.
  • Well organised with good administration skills


  • Relevant specialist CPD qualification (Diploma/ Masters etc.)
  • Management training/ qualification Clinical supervision training (long course or further study).
  • Experience of working within CAMHS inpatient environment
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and therapies for use with young people with high risk presentations
  • Relevant post-qualification training in work with young people presenting with risk behaviours.

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


Wessex House

Broadway Health Park, Barclay Street

Bridgwater, Somerset


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