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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford District
£58,972 to £68,525 Per Annum, Pro Rata
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Principal Clinical Psychologist

Neurodevelopmental and Learning Disability Pathways

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Bradford District

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join our leadership team in Bradford. The role is supported by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a team of Principal Psychologists who work collaboratively and creatively to deliver excellence across the Service. Psychological Therapists from a range of therapeutic orientations, Practitioner Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists work under the Psychological Therapy umbrella to support work at all levels of the system, ensuring psychological understanding and formulation is embedded from the front door of patient care through to service development and representation at a wider professional and organisational level.

We are keen to support the development of all staff and we provisionally attach to this role an opportunity to complete a PGDip in Clinical Neuropsychology as well as other developmental options.
Closing- 15th July 2024 Shortlisting- 16th July 2024 Interview- 29th July 2024

Main duties of the job

-To act independently and use own initiative within appropriate operational guidelines and service protocols deciding where necessary to refer to the Clinical Lead and/or Head of Psychological Therapies.

-To act independently and use own initiative within appropriate occupational and clinical guidelines deciding where necessary to refer to the Clinical Lead and/or Head of Psychological Therapies.

-Provide specialist evidence based psychological therapy, making autonomous clinical decisions about own professional practice.

-Provide clinical/professional leadership, supervision, consultation and advice on psychological therapies.

-Provide clinical/professional leadership, service/policy development, specialist teaching and advice for a designated portfolio of clinical pathway(s).

-Support adherence to relevant NICE guidance and clinical governance arrangements.

-To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development activities relevant to the service area.

-Work with the Clinical Lead and/or Head of Psychological Therapies on service development, leading research and development activities.

About us

Everything we do is underpinned by our core values: -

We Care - We act with respect and empathy, and always value difference

We Listen - We understand people's views and respond to their individual needs

We Deliver - We develop and provide excellent services and support our partners

We will consider a variety of flexible working arrangements to enable staff to balance their work and home lives and support staff by offering a fantastic range of benefits including :

Increase mileage rates for > 3500

A wide range of health and wellbeing support packages

A range of internal and external development and learning opportunities

Plus many more.

We are also proud to pledge our support to the Armed Forces and hold a Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

BDCFT is dedicated to environmental and social sustainability by delivering on the commitments within our Green Plan. All staff are actively encouraged and supported to participate in training and to identify and implement sustainable quality improvement across all service areas and activities.

The Trust reserves the right to close this position early if a significant number of applications are received .

Job description

Job responsibilities

Right to Work in the UK

Prior to your appointment you will be asked to provide confirmation of your right to work and reside in the UK. During your continued employment with the Trust, you have a personal responsibility to notify your manager as soon as possible should there be any changes to your right to work status.

Regrettably, if the role is not eligible for sponsorship under the Trusts eligibility criteria, the Trust are unable to extend your employment beyond the expiration of your current visa. The Trust is not responsible or liable for ensuring that your employment continues after this period.

As a condition of continuous employment, it essential you maintain the legal right to work in the United Kingdom throughout the duration of your employment with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT). Any change in your right-to-work status, including but not limited to visa expiration, revocation, or denial of renewal, may impact your eligibility for employment with the Trust. It is your responsibility to promptly inform your Line Manager of any changes in your right-to-work status immediately and to provide necessary documentation for verification purposes. Failure to obtain or renew your visa in a timely manner is a breach of employment conditions and will result in termination of your employment. We appreciate your attention to this matter and your commitment to fulfilling this requirement promptly

This post is an opportunity for an experienced and skilled clinician wishing to progress to incorporate more strategic, systemic and leadership opportunities alongside clinical delivery, working together to provide a high quality of service to all our families.

Please read the attached Job description and person specification for more details about this role.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate level training in clinical or applied psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS, or a BPS Statement of Equivalence. AND Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychologist status. AND Undertaken post-qualification further training in a specialised area of psychological practice e.g. neuropsychology, CBT, CAT, DBT, solution focused therapy, analytical therapy, systemic / family work


  • Leadership training
  • Teaching (clinical practice) qualification/certificate or equivalent experience
  • Training in trauma informed care
  • Training in advanced clinical supervision
  • Additional qualifications associated with research e.g. PhD

Experience and Skills


  • Significant experience in relevant area of mental health practice
  • Application of evidenced based specialist psychological therapies relevant to the clinical service
  • Application of specialist psychological therapy within individual and group modality
  • Clinical leadership experience
  • Experience of teaching, training, supervision and consultation
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Significant post qualification experience and training
  • Involvement in innovative clinical practice
  • Involvement in clinical research programmes
  • Experience applying specialist psychological therapy to patients who have complex difficulties
  • Involvement in the development and provision of clinical teaching programmes


  • Leading innovative clinical practice
  • Leadership of clinical research programmes
  • Leadership of clinical teaching programmes
  • Publication of research relevant to psychological therapy
  • Experience of leading or participating in regular reflective practice around themes such as anti-racism in therapy, power in mental health, the impact of health inequality and cultural curiosity
  • Experience working within a trauma informed framework

Employer details

Employer name

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust


Bradford District

Bradford District


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