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Principal Clinical and/or Forensic Psychologist - North Derbyshire

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
23 May 2024
The expanding Division of Psychology & Psychological Therapies is seeking a clinical and or forensic Psychologist to join our expanding service which now incorporates the learning disability forensic support team in North Derbyshire

37.5 hours/week, negotiable

This is an exciting post is seeking a clinical and or forensic psychologist to join a division of nearly 300 psychologists and psychological therapists in Derbyshire and work with our Consultant Psychologist in the learning disability forensic team. The post holder will be a key contributor to the development of psychological and learning disability forensic services within Derbyshire.

This post involves working with the Consultant Psychologists in the learning disability forensic team in North Derbyshire and other multi-disciplinary team and services.

We are looking to recruit a registered clinical psychologist who will actively contribute to the service's progression and ongoing development.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate must have an enthusiasm and experience of working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and experience of service development.

You will need to work flexibly both directly in clinical settings and through remote contact with clients, carers and colleagues.

You will need to be able to meet the travel requirements of the post and have access to a private and secure space for remote working practices.

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

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Working for Derbyshire Healthcare within the Division of Psychology & Psychological Therapies provides notable opportunities for career development and progression and provides access to CPD and cross service networking to enhance clinical experience, expertise and understandings.

The ANS Psychology team is proud of our commitment to good clinical practice and is a supportive and welcoming group of professionals with diverse skills and expertise. The team sits within a strong and progressive Division of Psychology & Psychological Therapies where the valuing and sharing of specialist skills and knowledge is strongly encouraged across specialties.

There are opportunities to receive specialist supervision and training across the Service and the Division that enables active CPD and career progression with access to broader peer support for guidance and advice.

Research is encouraged to raise the profile of people with neurodevelopmental needs and the psychology team is actively looking to progress in this area to optimise service development. The Trust encourages the participation in personal and professional development and has good links with the regional university training courses.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Registration


  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology as accredited by the BPS /HCPC including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan development psychology
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council, eligible for chartered status with the BPS, post qualification training in supervision


  • Post qualifications in area of specialty e.g., a specific therapeutic intervention.



  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist in a relevant clinical speciality including at a highly specialist level
  • Experience of specialist psychological practice with clients across a broad range of settings including experience of working with clients with learning disabilities and/or autism with a range of complex difficulties
  • Working with multidisciplinary staff teams to support the delivery of therapeutic care and experience of working across team and interagency working
  • Highly specialist assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring psychological problems experienced by adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and additional complex needs including communication difficulties, sensory difficulties, comorbid mental health and complex/challenging behaviour


  • Experience of psychological clinical leadership and planning, supervising the work of a multidisciplinary team and holding clinical leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Expertise and interest in a specialist area relevant to the client group
  • Experience and skills in adapting knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and methodologies to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and associated complex needs

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Ash Green


S42 7JE

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