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Clinical Psychologist/Senior Clinical Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year Band 7 to 8a development position
Closing date
13 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Full Time - 37.5 Hours Per Week

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated, ambitious and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join a dynamic, friendly and welcoming Older Peoples psychology service. Our psychology team work across the older peoples service, inputting into the Memory Service, CMHTs, Intensive Home Based Treatment Team, and inpatient wards (dementia and functional). There are opportunities to work in any of these areas and we welcome discussions with applicants about their interests.

If recruited into a Band 7, we will provide you with the support to progress into a Band 8a post within the team, through a career and competency framework developed within our Trust. Progression to Band 8a is determined by practice evidence, according to clearly defined 8a core competencies in the development framework.

Part time hours would be considered.

Informal discussions and visits are welcomed. Please contact Dr Manreesh Bains, Consultant Clinical Psychologist: Tel: 01924 316949 / 07799 47783

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

The role will be varied, using the breadth of skills that clinical psychology can offer. You will provide assessment, formulation and therapeutic interventions with older people and their families. The role will include formulating with MDTs to enhance care plans. There will be opportunities to provide psychological consultation, supervision, training and support across the service, as well as develop skills in the provision of neuropsychology assessments.

The team is led by an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist and also benefits from professional and clinical support from other Psychologists in Wakefield. There is additional professional support via a Trustwide Older Peoples Psychology network. The development of clinical interests and skills is routinely supported through CPD and supervision.

We have strong links with the University of Leeds Clinical Psychology training course and regularly host training placements within our service. We are an innovative service who encourage opportunities for research and evaluation.

We are aware that an increasing number of applicants are using AI technology to generate responses on NHS Job application forms. We strongly discourage this and will conduct a thorough screening process before selecting candidates to progress to the next stage. If you are using AI to enhance your application, please disclose this in your NHS Jobs application form.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities


This job description is an outline of the main duties of the post. The postholder will be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the grade as directed.

The content of this post will be reviewed in consultation with the postholder when necessary and in line with the service developments.

The post holder will provide specialist clinical psychology skills within a multidisciplinary team. The post holder will provide a high quality clinical service to the users of the service.

They will provide highly specialist psychological assessment and intervention while working collaboratively with non-psychologist colleagues, professionals from other agencies and carers. They will be clinically responsible to a senior clinical psychologist. Clinical oversight of all work will be held by the clinical lead in the service.

The job plan will be delivered in the services the post is based.

The post holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team while observing Trust and National policies and procedures.

The post holder will provide support to Assistant Psychologists and Doctoral trainees. They will utilise research skills in audit, service development and research relevant to the post.


To offer consultation, supervision and training when required by other agencies involved in the psychological, emotional and behavioural well-being of people referred to the service

To provide consultation, assessment and intervention in the service.

To work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary context.
  • To provide assessment and treatment options for people experiencing moderate, severe and complex mental health problems
  • To exercise expert clinical judgement based on the highest standards of evidence based practise.
  • To continually seek to expand and consolidate clinical skills using training, experience, and supervision.
  • To be proficient in the use of Psychometric testing appropriate to the age range.
  • To provide specialist risk assessment of and intervention to people who present to the service.

  • For full band 7 and band 8a job description, please see attached supporting documents.

    Person Specification



    • BAND 7
    • Hons. Degree in Psychology.
    • Doctoral qualification clinical psychology.
    • Appropriate safeguarding training
    • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist
    • BAND 8a
    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
    • Significant Post qualification experience in a Setting relevant to the post
    • HCPC Registration as a Clinical Psychologist.


    • BAND 7
    • 2:1 min.
    • Eligible for chartered status



    • BAND 8a
    • Completion of formal training to meet eligibility as clinical supervisor of Doctoral Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

    Personal Attributes


    • BAND 7
    • Caring.
    • Team Player.
    • Commitment to supervision and support.
    • BAND 8a
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
    • To transport Psychometric testing equipment


    • BAND 7
    • Flexible.
    • Committed to client group.



    • BAND 7
    • Completion of supervised clinical practice in the NHS.
    • Ability to work within two models of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention.
    • BAND 8a
    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
    • Frequent, protracted sustained and intense concentration
    • Show respect and treat people with dignity
    • Be able to give bad news sensitively
    • Be able to sustain empathy in difficult situations
    • Be aware of all interviewees in any situation


    • BAND 7
    • Experience in working with service users in the clinical area of the post.
    • Different theoretical approaches.
    • Work with other disciplines.
    • Work with people who have disabilities.
    • BAND 8a
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
    • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
    • Experience of groupwork

    Special Knowledge/Skills


    • BAND 7
    • Communication skills.
    • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability)
    • IT Literate.
    • BAND 8a
    • Good Psychometric Assessment skills
    • Experience of assisting in training of Post Graduate Clinical Psychology Trainees
    • Exceptional communication skills in verbal, non verbal and written modes.
    • Ability to empathise and develop good therapeutic alliance
    • Ability to Formulate Complex processes.
    • Capacity to conduct Psychometric Assessment
    • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role
    • Keyboard skills
    • Manual Dexterity for conducting tests.


    • BAND 7
    • Research skills.
    • Knowledge of adult & child protection legislation.
    • Awareness of legislation relevant to the clinical area of practice.
    • BAND 8a
    • Working with people in Crisis
    • Working on an in-patient Psychiatric ward.

    Physical Attributes


    • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


    Drury Lane Health & Wellbeing Centre



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