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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pa, pro rata (depending on qualifications and experience)
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Our inpatient services are undergoing significant transformation as we implement changes to ensure ensuite provision and onsite intensive and enhanced care, i.e. male PICU and female enhanced care provision. This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to shaping this service, before it is built.

The Division of Psychology and Psychological Therapies, alongside the Trust commitment to developing a trauma informed approach, has enabled us to recruit into this post early, so that there is real opportunity to bring in these principles in relation to recruitment, training, etc. In this way, the emphasis will initially be on assisting with embedding parts of the strategy and then the post will be based within the male PICU and female enhanced care ward.

This post offers an excellent opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to take a senior role within the inpatient services where an enhanced level of input is required. We are looking for a motivated and committed person who understands and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of working with people at times of crisis and where people are often in high levels of distress.

We encourage applications from Clinical Psychologists who have experience of working with people with complex difficulties and with people in acute distress. We are looking for someone who will be committed to promoting psychological ideas within a multi-disciplinary team.

Main duties of the job

You will be working alongside other experienced clinicians and have the opportunity to provide direct clinical work for complex cases and offer advice and consultation to other professionals working within the service. The post holder will also contribute to shaping the vision of the service, i.e. by developing and delivering training to staff, under the supervision of the Principal Clinical Psychologist. This role will also enable you to build on audit and research skills, contribute to how the team implements policies and procedures, and contribute to service development. Our service is exploring ways to enhance trauma informed principles within all aspects of service delivery, and this is a great opportunity to play a part in further developments.

Applicants will be considered from band 7 Clinical Psychologists as a developmental opportunity into an 8A role. Band 7 Clinical Psychologists will only be considered with relevant experience in an acute inpatient setting. If you are applying for a band 7 post, please make it clear in your supporting evidence which post you are applying for.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will provide highly specialised psychological input into the male PICU and female enhanced care unit. Working alongside other psychologists the post holder will be a key member of the multi-disciplinary teams combining direct clinical work with supervision, training, consultation, research and service evaluation/development. Initially, the post holder will focus on embedding a trauma informed approach within these new services, particularly through the development and delivery of training to staff recruited.

We are looking for a motivated and committed person who understands and enjoys the challenges and opportunities of working with people at times of crisis and where people are often in acute distress. The post holder will have experience of working with people who have a wide range of complex mental health needs and of delivering evidence-based interventions to clients with severe and enduring mental health problems, including people with experience of complex trauma.

We encourage applications from psychologists who are committed to promoting psychological ideas within a multi-disciplinary team and helping other people build on their own psychological mindedness through training, consultation and supervision.

Please see the attached 'Job description' document for further detail.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent) accredited by the BPS/HCPC
  • Additional to routine CPD and supervision, can demonstrate a commitment to developing a specialist area of expertise relevant to the post through training, personal study, experience and/or research, in particular brief interventions related to supporting people in crisis


  • Post qualification training in area relevant to acute care



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a broad range of settings
  • Experience of working with people with a range of complex mental health needs
  • Experience supporting teams to think in psychologically informed ways


  • Experience of working with people in an acute care setting
  • Experience of facilitating team formulation and/or reflective practice sessions for MDT colleagues

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


PICU and ECU, Kingsway Hospital



DE22 3LZ

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