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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata (30 hours per week)
Closing date
30 May 2024

Job Details

We are looking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, on a fixed term, or secondment basis, to our Mother & Baby unit which is located in Exeter.

Main duties of the job

The role includes bringing specialist psychological thinking and support to the the multidisciplinary teams, alongside providing psychological interventions to families who use the service.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

Our values

We not only recruit employees based on their qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess and demonstrate the behaviours which underpin the core values of our organisation. These values include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health & learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader Employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

A principal purpose of this job is to improve the psychological health and wellbeing of women, who present with severe and complex mental health needs during the perinatal period, and their babies and families.

This will be achieved in this post through undertaking the following areas of responsibility:

Working with the Professional Lead and Service Manager/s to ensure the systematic provision of a high quality psychological service in the specialist field of practice.

Providing clinical leadership and supervision for less experienced staff, trainees and volunteers employed by or attached to the service.

Carrying a specialist caseload of clients, and providing advice and consultancy to patients and professionals.

Working autonomously within professional guidelines and exercising responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within professional andTrust guidelines.

Contributing to service development and evaluation by undertaking and supporting others to undertake audit and research activities within the service.

Observing, and abiding by all relevant Professional Codes of Conduct and Practice including the British Psychological Society. The post holder will be fully registered with the Health Care Professions Council or appropriate designated Professional Body as a condition of employment.

The post holder with receive regular professional and clinical supervision in accordance to Trust policy and to Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the British Psychological Society or appropriate designated Professional Body.

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (D.Clin.Psychol. or equivalent) and eligible for Chartered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist Status in the British Psychological Society. Registered with HCPC. Psychological Therapists need to be trained to Masters level or equivalent in a specific psychological therapy and registered with an appropriate recognised professional body e.g. UKCP, BABCP.
  • Further training in at least one (other) psychological therapy


  • Further training or experience in Perinatal Mental Health
  • Further training in related area
  • Further training in clinical supervision



  • Experience in undertaking leadership roles within clinical psychology services in the NHS and in contributing to the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies and clinical policies in multidisciplinary, multi agency contexts.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment across a wide range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings and across the age range
  • Experience of providing psychological services in a multidisciplinary and/or multi agency context
  • Experience of work in adult mental health services or agencies and work with people with severe and complex mental health difficulties.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.


  • Experience of working with women with severe and complex mental health difficulties in the perinatal period.
  • Experience, and/or training in diversity awareness and social inequality.
  • Proficiency in both individual and group therapy approaches.

Employer details

Employer name

Devon Partnership NHS Trust


Jasmine Lodge

Dryden Road



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