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Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year PRO-RATA
Closing date
28 Jun 2024

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Seeking enthusiastic and compassionate Clinical or Counselling Psychologists!

The Calderdale Core team is a collaborative adult mental health team, comprised of mental health nurses, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, support workers and clinical and counselling psychologists and psychotherapists. We are embracing trauma informed practice and exciting developments in mental health community transformation.

Within your role, you will provide psychological therapy to service users and support the psychological thinking within the wider team. Offering clinical supervision is also a part of the working role and we will support you to develop in this area (particularly if employed as newly qualified).

Currently we have psychologists working in EMDR, CAT, DBT, MBT and other third wave CBT. The service offers both individual and group therapies, contributing to a rich and varied experience in the working role. We are a collaborative and supportive team with support for continued professional development, clinical supervision, and line management.

Opportunities for further training and gaining experience in other clinical areas will also be supported.

We strongly discouraged AI applications and we 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.

For full job description, please see attached supporting documents.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking newly qualified band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist looking for a preceptorship to see them to 8a senior post.

The opportunity for preceptorship is for a to join the service on a band 7 and undertake a development plan with the aim of developing the required competencies for an 8a post. The candidate would need to successfully complete the competency framework before they gain the band 8a and this would not be achieved due to length of time in post.

Alternatively, we are seeking those already working at 8a level, or with the competency required to work at this level.

We are particularly looking for individuals who have a strong interest or experience of working with adults with complex psychological problems.

We have good links to the D. Clinical Psych training course at Leeds, offering placements to trainees, supervising research and providing teaching.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be made to either Dr Jo Robinson - Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr Rachael Theed, Principal Clinical Psychologist or Dr Rachael Bratley, Principal Counselling Psychologist on 01422 262377.

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

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 post holder 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 post holder 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.

To follow appropriate Adult and Child Protection guidelines in all Clinical work, including close liaison with all agencies.

To liaise and consult with the wider professional network in the care of the client.

To work jointly with other team members in delivering the most appropriate clinical service to people and their families.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to effectively evaluate progress.

To receive regular professional supervision from a senior Clinical Psychologist and where appropriate, other senior clinicians.

To continue to access continuing professional development opportunities in line with agreed targets and agreed personal development plan.

Person Specification



  • Hons. Degree in Psychology.
  • Doctoral qualification clinical or counselling psychology.
  • Appropriate safeguarding training.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.


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

Special Knowledge and Skills


  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to travel around the Trust as appropriate to the role.
  • IT Literate.


  • Research skills.
  • Knowledge of adult & child protection legislation.
  • Awareness of legislation relevant to the clinical area of practice.

Personal Attributes


  • Caring.
  • Team Player.
  • Commitment to supervision and support.


  • Flexible.
  • Committed to client group.

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).



  • Completion of supervised clinical practice in the NHS.
  • Ability to work within two models of psychological assessment, formulation and intervention.


  • 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.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Laura Mitchell Health & Wellbeing Centre

Great Albion Street



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