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Principal Psychologist. Clinical Lead & Service Manager

Pennine Care NHS FT
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are really excited to advertise this permanent 8b Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) post to lead Bury Secondary Care Psychological Therapies Service (SCPTS). The SCPTS works alongside Community Mental Health Team (CMHT) colleagues and the Complex Emotional and Relational Needs (CERN) team in Bury.

This is an excellent opportunity to bring clinical leadership to the team in order to further develop the clinical delivery model, provide clinical leadership and supervision to colleagues, work as part of an MDT and embed principles of trauma informed care.

Community Mental Health Services are going through a process of transformation and there is real opportunity for the post holder to support and be part of delivering the ambitions of 'The Community Mental Health Framework', particularly focusing upon the 'Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Health Problems' (PT-SMHP) NHS-E paper.

The post will suit a highly skilled and compassionate Psychologist who really enjoys working as part of the team. The successful candidate will be trained in different therapeutic modalities, consultation skills and hold a desire to support and lead a team through change.

There are five Secondary Care Psychology Services across the Pennine Care footprint and you will work closely with, and be supported by, your peers across these teams. The postholder will also be supported and supervised by the Secondary Care Psychology pathway lead (Consultant Clinical Psychologist).

Main duties of the job

As a Principal Clinical Psychologist/ Principal Counselling Psychologist, the post-holder will be responsible for the provision of specialist expertise with complex and, or challenging cases within the secondary care adult Psychological Therapies Service.

The post-holder will work with the clinical lead for the adult mental health secondary care pathway and the borough leadership group to ensure robust and effective care for service users who present with complex and/or severe mental health needs.

The post holder will contribute to the development of effective psychological care with the multi-disciplinary team. A key component of the post will be to provide consultation, support, and where appropriate, clinical & managerial supervision to other psychological therapy staff.

The post holder will be part of supporting with the Community Transformation programme, embedding new psychological practitioner roles and meeting the ambitions of the 'Psychological Therapies for Severe Mental Health Problems 'PT-SMHP' NHS-E paper.

About us

We are passionate about staff well-being and would encourage the postholder to be part of special interest groups, make peer supervision links and work closely with their community psychology colleagues. We are committed to staff development and have an extensive psychological therapies training programme.

We support staff to work flexibly and recognise and respect the roles our colleagues hold outside of their working hours. This focus helps us to retain staff and ensure people are happy in their place of work.

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the top of our agenda. We believe that a diverse, inclusive and engaged culture is vital that everyone's value should be recognised and respected.

Our trust values are:





Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and personal specification for additional information about the role.

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Doctorate level training in clinical or counselling psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS. Or, a post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.
  • Additional further training and qualifications in a range of therapeutic models (e.g. CAT, EMDR psycho-analytic therapies)
  • Additional further training in the use of specific psychometric and / or neuro-psychological assessment tools.
  • Training in supervision of trainee psychologists and other professionals within the MDT.


  • MBA or other management / leadership qualification.
  • Additional qualification in clinical supervision.



  • Significant experience of working as a qualified psychologist
  • Demonstrable experience of working as a highly specialist psychologist with complex adults
  • Experience of working with service users who are complex and challenging within a community and or acute care pathway
  • Experience working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and full range of settings including community, inpatients and acute care settings, primary care, residential.
  • Experience working within multi-disciplinary services within community and acute care pathways
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological care and treatment as an autonomous practitioner with complexity within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.


  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care.
  • Experience in developing research and development programmes within psychological therapy services
  • Experience in teaching and training qualified psychological therapy and of non-psychology staff
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in diverse cultural and ethnic contexts.
  • Experience in undertaking line management of psychological therapies staff.



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis.
  • Evidence of continual professional development as recommended by the appropriate professional body.
  • Knowledge of contemporary legislation relating to the delivery of mental health and psychological services and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management.
  • Knowledge of professional issues in psychology and psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of clinical governance and risk management policies and procedures for the maintenance and improvement of psychological services.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.
  • Familiarity with computing technology including spreadsheets and databases.
  • Knowledge of SPSS or other statistical software packages.

Skills and Abilities


  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Highly developed skills and experience of working with complex, sensitive or contentious information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a highly emotive, antagonistic or hostile atmosphere and to overcome barriers to acceptance / psychological resistance to potentially threatening information.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Highly developed skills in providing consultation to other professionals including medical staff and non-professional groups.
  • High level skills in providing complex clinical and professional supervision including medical staff.
  • Keyboard skills and skills in using word-processing, e mail and internet software
  • Ability to work independently on a day today basis and use own initiative.
  • Ability to set and work towards agreed goals, reviewed regularly in management supervision.
  • Commitment to quality improvement in psychological services through multi-professional evaluation and audit of psychological services
  • Ability to engage a range of professional and non - professional groups in co - production and cooperative working .
  • Ability to contain and work with organisational stress and ability to 'hold' the stress of others
  • Ability to sit in constrained position for client therapy and for computer work.
  • Ability to manage frequent periods of prolonged concentration in service users' sessions, meetings and during computing tasks.
  • Ability to move equipment (including casefiles, self -help materials, audio -visual equipment) between office base and other work settings.
  • Ability to work face to face with (potentially aggressive) service users in isolated settings (including domiciliary visits) without other team members being nearby and in accordance with the Trust Lone Worker Policy .
  • Ability to work to professional guidelines


  • Record of having published research / review academic, or professional journals and / or books

Work related circumstances


  • Use of a car or access to a means of mobility to travel across the Trust footprint in line with service needs
  • Willing to carry out all duties and responsibilities of the post in accordance with the Trust's Equal Opportunities and Equality and Diversity policies
  • Appointments to regulated and controlled activities require an enhanced DBS disclosure.

Employer details

Employer name

Pennine Care NHS FT


Humphrey House

4 Angouleme Way



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