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Principle Clinical Psychologist CAMHS

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata, subject to AFC
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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Are you looking to develop your skills in Clinical Psychology and to help develop our provision in Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Services, this could be the ideal post you are looking for.

We are seeking to appoint a positive and enthusiastic Principle Clinical Psychologists with an ability to develop and build on their clinical interests and experience within our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. The breadth of our service offer provides an interesting clinical context, and we are keen to ensure appropriate clinical professional development underpinning excellence.

At Blackpool Teaching Hospitals you would have opportunities to develop your professional capability by joining a welcoming environment working in a multi-disciplinary team. There will be opportunities to utilise all aspects of your knowledge and skill base and to contribute to service leadership and development. Linking into the strong and growing presence of psychology in the Trust.

We have a forward-looking senior leadership team in the Trust who support a collaborative and compassionate model of leadership that we would wish to see applied in carrying out and developing the role.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of children young people and their families referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, which require accurate physical administration and timing, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the child's or young person's care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological therapy and/or management of a child's or young person's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings. Negotiating the implementation of such plans and sharing of complex, sensitive,and confidential information.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Each member of staff is required to ensure that:

a) The patient and customer are always put first

b) That in all issues, the patient/customer requirements are met and all staff contribute fully to achieving the Trusts corporate goals and objectives

c) That all staff hold themselves personally responsible for the quality of their work and therefore seek to attain the highest standards achievable within their knowledge, skills and resources available to them in furtherance of the Trusts Vision and in embedding the organisations Values.
  • To be responsible for developing and implementing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for individual children, young people patents, carers, families and groups, within the team, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To conduct neuropsychological assessments with children and young people, interpreting the results with reference to evidenced based models and providing verbal and written feedback to clients, their families and other professionals involved in the childs or young persons care.
  • To provide regular clinical supervision/caseload management appropriate to the development of specialist skills in accordance with professional practice guidelines

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree (min 2:1) in Psychology
  • Registration as a Practitioner Psychologist with HCPC
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent for those trained before 1996) as accredited by BPS & HCPC
  • Training for and/or experience of clinical supervision of practicing psychologists and/or doctoral degree trainees
  • Post qualification training or experience in utilising psychological theories and therapies to complex mental health presentations.
  • Other specialist further training or experience in psychological therapies with children and young people.
  • Completion of Clinical Supervision training as provided by doctoral training courses to enable post holder to be able to supervise and assess clinical doctorate trainees. Specialist training in a therapy



  • Ability & preparedness to work to professional guidelines.
  • Ability to interpret general clinical, professional & organisational policies & to use own independent initiative to establish how they should be applied within the area of specialty.
  • Substantial post-qualification experience in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health mental health.
  • Some experience of NHS management tasks (e.g. supervision of junior psychology staff recruitment & selection)
  • Direct clinical experience of work in a range of settings and by remote delivery of psychological work.
  • Experience of negotiating with NHS managers, professional colleagues & other agencies.


  • Experience of managing junior psychology staff
  • Substantial experience or training in more than one therapeutic intervention specialty
  • Training and/or substantial experience of psychological assessment, formulation & intervention with a range of different child and adolescent mental health disorders and presentations.
  • Ability to design & implement policy for specialist psychological services & to propose service changes that impact beyond that area of activity
  • Ability to professionally manage staff within the speciality



  • Standard keyboard skills, driving licence.
  • Skills in the administration of psychometric tests where timing and accurate manipulation are essential to accuracy.
  • Sound knowledge of software and general IT competence.
  • Planning & organising: Capacity to plan and prioritise many competing complex ongoing tasks including patient contacts, research activity, supervision of psychology and non-psychology staff, service development activities and representation of service. Skills in co-ordinating, chairing and arranging multidisciplinary meetings and activity in relation to patient care and other activities
  • Ability to contain & work with organisational stress
  • Ability to hold the stress of colleagues & other relevant persons
  • Ability to manage continual exposure to distressing and highly emotional clinical material
  • Ability to cope with physical requirements of job
  • Ability to sit in one position for lengthy periods during clinics
  • Ability to operate within irregular working hours and to engage in remote working.
  • Current full driving licence & use of a car


  • Knowledge and experience of Electronic Patient Record Systems

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Whitegate Drive Health Centre

Whitegate Drive Blackpool FY3 9ES



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