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7/8a Clinical Psychologists - Older People's Mental Health Services

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Derby / Ripley / South Derbyshire
£43,742 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
24 May 2024
We are looking for Clinical Psychologists (band 7/8a) who are creative, motivated and passionate about the role that psychology can have within Older People's Mental Health Services, and are pleased to be able to offer the following posts:
  • 0.5wte Tissington Unit - Older People's Mental Health in-patient unit
  • 0.5wte Cubley Unit - Older People's Dementia in-patient unit
  • 0.5wte Amber Valley - Older People's CMHT
  • 0.5wte Memory Assessment Service (MAS)

These posts can be combined to create full-time posts and give an exciting opportunity to build on and develop expertise in different areas within the Older People's Mental Health Division. Please state on your application which post(s) you are interested in.

Both in-patient units are located at the Kingsway site in Derby, the Amber Valley CMHT base is in Ripley, and the Memory Assessment Service role will cover the south part of Derbyshire, with the majority of the clinics being held at the London Road site in Derby.

The posts are offered at a band 7 or 8a (dependent on experience) with the potential for progression from band 7 to 8a through a competency-based gateway.

Main duties of the job

The posts give the opportunity to join teams that value the contribution that Psychology brings to their work. The Psychologists who work across our service value the variety that working within Older People's Mental Health Services can bring and enjoy using a broad range of knowledge and skills to provide therapy for those presenting with complex mental health difficulties, including those with cognitive impairment, conducting neuropsychological assessments for complex presentations, offering advice, consultation andformulation to colleagues, and being involved in training and development initiatives.

The post is line managed through a robust Psychology structure and offers great opportunities to develop a specialist area of psychological expertise whilst working therapeutically, such as within a formal therapy model, neuropsychological assessment, or supervision skills.

To find out more about our Older People's Psychology Service, please visit .

About us

The successful candidate will be welcomed into a vibrant and creative team of skilled Psychologists who have extensive experience, knowledge and skill, and are passionate about working within older people's services.

There are excellent opportunities for high quality supervision, and within our team we have Psychologists with further training and experience in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. ACT, CFT, family therapy, ISTDP, MBT and EMDR), and Psychologists who have done further training in Neuropsychology and are on the SRCN.

Our Psychology Service has a strong focus on staff wellbeing, is keen to support and develop research activities, and is leading the Trust's development of trauma-informed approaches. There are excellent opportunities for peer support, to join a range of specialist supervision groups and to participate in regular in-house and external CPD. We also have strong links with local Psychology Training Courses and provide regular placements and teaching.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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The post holder will need to be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), eligible for BPS Chartership and able to meet the travel requirements of the post.

The full job description and person specification for Band 7/8a can be found on the job application page.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Good Honours degree in Psychology (2:1 or above). Eligibility for Graduate membership of the BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist by the HCPC
  • Eligible for Chartered status with the BPS
  • In addition to routine CPD and supervision, has demonstrated a clear commitment to developing a specialist area of expertise relevant to the post through significant training, personal study or experience (essential for Band 8a role)
  • Post qualification training in supervision of other psychologists (essential for Band 8a role)
  • Significant post qualification specialist training / experience through having provided assessment/intervention to older people with mental health problems including dementia and other cognitive problems under clinical supervision whilst working as a Specialist Clinical Psychologist (essential for Band 8a role)


  • Chartered status with the BPS



  • Experience of working with people with a range of mental health / psychological problems and across the lifespan and a variety of settings
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC. (Applicable to and essential for 8a role)
  • Evidence of taking full clinical responsibility for clients with a range of mental health problems and severity, within the context of multi-disciplinary care (essential for Band 8a role)


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



  • Assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring mental health problems



  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post, which includes being able to travel efficiently to different bases and completing home visits

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Kingsway Site / Ripley / St Andrews House

Derby / Ripley / South Derbyshire

DE22 3LZ

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