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Clinical Psychologist - Development Post

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year Pro Rota
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 8a. Applicants at Band 7 looking to seek preceptorship opportunity will also be considered. Part time 0.6

Base: For IST the base is Coventry. However as part of your role you will be required to travel throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. This role also incorporates remote and agile working.

Are you looking for a job that can give you a diverse range of opportunities to learn and develop?
  • Would you like to work in a service where Psychologists are highly valued?
  • Would you like to be offered excellent support and supervision?
  • Do you want more opportunities to develop professionally?

A job with Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust can provide all these things. As an organisation we provide comprehensive mental health and learning disability services to the population of Coventry and Warwickshire. This includes Brooklands which is a national and regional provider of Learning Disability Forensic Inpatient Services. We also provide community services for the people of Coventry and IAPT and learning disability services in Solihull. There are four Community Teams for adults with a Learning Disability throughout the organisation and two Intensive Support Teams.

Main duties of the job

Job overview:

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Psychologist to be part of our Children's Intensive Support Team for Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Children's Intensive Support Team is a specialist, multi-disciplinary team currently consisting of OT, Clinical Psychology, speech and language therapists and Nursing working across Coventry and Warwickshire. This is a specialist service with a pivotal role in supporting people with autism/learning disability and mental health needs in the community at times of crisis. The team works to provide additional specialist assessment and therapeutic support for children, young people, families, using a systemic approach, with the aim of reducing the need for admission to tier 4 hospital.

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to grow our passionate teams across these innovative specialist services and we are looking for an individual who also wants to join us in making a difference in improving outcomes for Children with Autism and/or Learning Disability in times of crisis. If you are driven and passionate Clinical Psychologist and want to have the opportunity to make a difference for these two groups of service users then we want to hear from you.

About us

At Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT), we deliver a wide range of physical, mental health, learning disability and autism services, and are proud to serve communities across Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

We put 'people at our heart' this ethos is at the centre of everything we do and how we do it. We care for our staff and colleagues as much as they care for others and offer a wide range of benefits and development opportunities.

These include:

12-month preceptorship

generous annual leave entitlement which increases during your time with us

flexible working opportunities

excellent learning and development opportunities, including apprenticeship frameworks, distance learning, internal training, coaching and mentoring, and much more

salary sacrifice schemes for lease car/ vehicle, Cycle to Work, home and electronics, gym membership and more

discounts with a range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues through our Employee Assistance Programme and NHS discount schemes

wellbeing support, including an in-house counselling service, external helpline and more

staff networks and support groups

We're always on the lookout for people who share our passion for improving the lives and wellbeing of people in our community, as well as our values of compassion, collaboration, excellence, integrity and respect

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be required to provide input in the form of specialist assessments and psychological interventions, team formulation, consultation, training, service evaluation and supervision of other qualified staff.

The teams work systemically to understand and support the significant impact and challenges experienced by our service users. To do this, we work with the network around the person (e.g., Social Care, Education) and work closely with commissioners. As a Clinical Psychologist you will have experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working as you will need to attend regular MDTs, CETRs and EMDTs.

Your role will entail working directly with the service users and their families or carers and, as such, experience of working with young people who have mental health needs and autism, and Learning Disability is essential.

The people referred to our service have highly complex needs, e.g., enduring behaviour which challenges, self-injurious, aggressive, or violent behaviour, or other risky presentations which could lead to harm to themselves or others. Understanding these needs, risks, and behaviours within the context of our service users lived experiences and their autism and/or learning disability is the foundation of our work and we use Team Formulations to help us to do this. You will have a key role in these processes, along with specialist assessments, interventions, and evaluations, which will involve working to understand relationships within families.

Other responsibilities include providing consultation within the MDT and externally, joint working with other agencies, participation and involvement in service development, research and business meetings and providing supervision (where appropriate) to other psychology staff or team members providing psychologically informed interventions.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we mature and expand and continue to look for innovative ways to support the people we work with. If you are passionate and motivated to work with people with Learning Disability and Autism then we want to hear from you.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria for the band 8a role will also be considered for the band 7 role and job description (available under additional documents on NHS Jobs). If appointed to the band 7 role this will be a development role with progression to the band 8a role upon successful completion of a preceptorship programme. It is expected that this will be achievable within a period of up to two years and will be dependent on the experience of the successful candidate. In the event that elements of the preceptorship programme are not fully met the role will remain as a band 7. This will be further discussed as part of the interview process and with the preferred candidate as appropriate. Applications from newly qualified/soon to qualify clinicians would be welcomed.

The role is that of a community based practitioner and applicants will be required to travel across the Trust, so car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport arrangements will be essential to enable you to undertake the job. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS Check.

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree in Psychology. Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS PhD or DClinPsych or equivalent in Clinical Psychology (Clinical/Counselling).
  • 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.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with children and young people with Autism/ learning disabilities and mental health needs and their families across the full range of care settings.

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


Wayside House



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