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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
6 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Would you like to be at the forefront of innovative service development? Are you good at building relationships, working with teams and promoting new ways of doing things?

Our newly launched Living Well teams delivers the Community Mental Health Framework to the people of South Derbyshire to promote recovery for people with complex mental illness through the provision of holistic community based support and interventions.

We are looking for a forward thinking Clinical Psychologist (Band 8a) who is passionate and enthusiastic about transforming mental health services.

You will be committed to co-production and multidisciplinary team working and have excellent relationship skills, whilst capable to manage varied work demands.

Working flexibly across 3 teams, you will be responsible for the provision of short term psychological offers within the Living Well teams.

Living Well Derbyshire :: Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (

Main duties of the job

You will develop, oversee and deliver short term psychologically informed offers in the Living Well teams. You will provide direct clinical work, predominantly group work, jointly with your colleagues. You will promote psychological ideas by offering advice and consultation in addition to supervision and training to colleagues, multi-disciplinary practitioners, the wider organisation and contribute to service development. You will offer research skills and service evaluation/development.

We support and develop our staff to work with complexity, for example, by access to training resources to support your work. We offer specialist clinical supervision 1:1 or in facilitated groups e.g. CFT, complex trauma and dissociation supervision.

Working in our friendly Directorate of Psychology and Psychological Therapies, you will be well supported in CPD opportunities. Our team report feeling valued and supported working in a service focused on staff well-being and development, and service transformation.

About us

Join our team of over 260 staff in our Directorate of Psychology & Psychological Therapies. We are committed to our compassionate framework within which your development and well-being will be nurtured. You will be joining us at a time of exciting, innovative and values based transformation as we develop and progress our services to deliver place based and needs led integrated care across our localities, with trauma informed and trauma sensitive practice at the forefront of these developments.

If you would like to join our friendly Psychological Therapies team please get in touch to find out more about us and our Team, Directorate and Trust. We are flexible in creating mutually agreeable job plans. We warmly welcome enquires for informal discussions and around options.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The full job description and person specification can be found on the job application page.

Key Result Areas

1. Clinical

Responsible for:

a. Provision of specialist psychological assessments of service users referred based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users, family members and others involved in the service users care.

b. Formulating and implementing plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service users psychological difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy across the full range of care settings.

c. Implementing a range of highly specialised psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families, and groups, adjusting, and refining psychological formulations as required and to monitor and evaluate progress of interventions.

d. Evaluating and making decisions about treatment options considering both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family, or group.

e. Exercising autonomous professional responsibility within the context of multidisciplinary team working, for the assessment, treatment, and discharge of service users.

f. Consulting, advising, and/or supervising colleagues from other disciplines on the psychological formulation and management of patients with mental health problems, particularly in areas of specialist knowledge.

g. Contributing directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the service user group.

h. Implementing case management including working within the framework of the Care Programme Approach, fulfilling the role of care co-ordinator as appropriate initiating planning and review of care plans involving service users, carers, and others involved in the care package, in this process.

i. Assessing, monitoring, and managing clinical risk to minimise this risk to patients, other people, and oneself, and providing advice on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.

j. Communicating orally and in writing, in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of service users, to referrers and others involved in the service users care on a need-to-know basis.

k. Developing and maintaining links and liaison with officers and staff of Social Services, General Practitioners, and other primary Health Care Workers.

l. Attending clinical meetings, case reviews, and case conferences as appropriate.

m. Maintaining/managing waiting lists for referrals to psychological services within the teams where the post holder is based as required

n. Carrying out other clinical duties as may be agreed with the Chief Psychologist and Lead Psychologists.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Good Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above) giving eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Postgraduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS and giving eligibility for membership of the Health Care Professions Council HCPC
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC
  • Eligibility for Chartered status with the BPS
  • Post qualification training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Able to demonstrate significant post qualification specialist training/experience through having provided assessment and intervention to people with complex, severe and enduring mental health / psychological problems including with personality disorder and complex trauma under clinical supervision


  • Chartered status with the BPS
  • Post qualification training in a therapy model



  • Experience of working with people with a range of mental health / psychological problems and across a variety of settings


  • Expertise and interest in a specialist area relevant to adult mental health.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Very high level of interpersonal and communication skills enabling written and oral presentation and receipt of complex and sensitive information, to facilitate acceptance and relate effectively in an emotive and hostile environment


  • Ability to process text, set up and use databases and spreadsheets



  • Possess an enthusiasm for psychology in relation to mental health problems. Interest in developing/consolidating skills in working with complex trauma and people meeting criteria for diagnosis of 'personality disorder'
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Ilkeston Resource Centre



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