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Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Newton Aycliffe
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic Applied Psychologist to contribute to the psychology service within the South Durham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

This vacancy is open to either a newly qualified Psychologist or an experienced Psychologist with the appropriate Job Description and banding being applied accordingly to the successful candidate. Successful candidates who are newly qualified Psychologists will be expected to work towards the competencies of the higher band within an agreed time frame being regraded to the 8a role upon successful completion.

The post will involve working in the community within the supportive and collaborative multi-disciplinary team to provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to young people and their families experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties.

The successful applicant will offer advice, consultation, supervision and training to other members of the CAMHS team, and will play a key role in continuing to develop the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working of the teams.

The successful candidate will be under the support and guidance of the Consultant Psychologist within the South Durham CAMHS team. The team provides training placements and teaching for the local doctorate in Clinical Psychology course.

Main duties of the job

Experience of working with young people and families is important, as well as the ability to work effectively within the multi-disciplinary team and with our multi-agency partner organisations.

The post holder will receive regular supportive supervision and work closely with psychology colleagues based both within the South Durham CAMHS team, but also across the wider psychology team in CAMHS within County Durham and Darlington. There is a strong psychology network across the trust and within the CAMHS directorate.

Psychologists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.County Durham CAMHS follow the i-THRIVE framework, in which the South Durham Team provide Getting More Help Support.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job descriptions and person specifications for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

The post holder will have a key role in providing psychological assessments as well as a therapeutic, consultative and advisory service in relation to Children and Young People, their families and carers, according to identified clinical need. In addition to direct clinical work, providing consultation and where necessary clinical supervision to other team members in regard to patients is an important element of the role.

Applicants should have experience in working within CAMHS services and show strong trauma-informed values. The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, motivated, and demonstrate a commitment to delivering excellent mental health care and evidence based interventions. Opportunities to develop special interests and co-work will be encouraged, as will opportunities to undertake service development activities.

Additional contact details: Gillian Pounder ,Team Manager

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice (within agreed timescale)
  • Trained in clinical supervision (within agreed timescale)
  • Trained in care co-ordination (within agreed timescale)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Registration with BPS
  • Post-graduate qualification showing evidence of supervised practice in an evidence-based psychological therapeutic model (within agreed timescale)



  • Working as an applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

Knowledge / Skills


  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


South Durham CAMHS, Acley Centre

Carers Way

Newton Aycliffe


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