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Clinical Lead Psychologist

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
The North Yorkshire and York CAMHS Eating Disorders team are looking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced Clinical Lead Psychologist to provide clinical leadership, and ensure the delivery of a high quality and effective service.

Applicants will be required to have post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS and be registered in as a Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC. Significant experience and competencies in delivering and supervising evidence based psychological intervention is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be based in either York or Harrogate but be expected to work across the North Yorkshire and York locality.

A key part of the role is to provide direct clinical work, promote psychological thinking with all members of the team by helping staff to develop formulations for clients, offering supervision and joint work with the team, supporting staff wellbeing and providing training in psychological theory and its implementation.

The post holder will be expected to attend trust, regional and national events. Leadership and service improvement experience and skills are therefore essential. .

The successful candidate will have significant experience of working psychologically with people who experience severe mental health problems and competencies in an evidence based psychological therapy. They will contribute to the collective clinical leadership of the service. The post holder will contribute to service development and improvement within the locality and the professional leadership of psychological professions.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

We provide excellent opportunities for peer support/supervision, CPD, teaching/training, and research and audit in line with strategic developments. There are also strong links to the local Clinical Psychology Training Courses as we are key providers of academic and clinical experience components both in terms of teaching and supervision.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Applicants need to be motivated, enthusiastic, flexible and resilient. Knowledge and experience of working with people with complex mental health issues such as eating disorders is essential.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academys Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Additional contact details:- Alice Wriglesworth, Clinical Lead Psychologist, on 01423 726900 or

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination


  • Registration with BPS



  • Must have substantial experience of:Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a full range of clinical severity
  • Liaison and joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
  • Research and development experience
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Teaching, training, clinical supervision for postgraduate psychology qualifications
  • Active participation in quality and service improvement initiatives.


  • project management experience



  • Doctoral level knowledge of evidence- based practice relevant to the role
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Clinical governance
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group
  • Audit and Research methodology
  • Knowledge of Social Inclusion Agenda
  • Knowledge of the trusts quality improvement system


  • Highly developed knowledge and skills in the care of difficult to treat groups



  • Communicate highly complex, highly sensitive and highly contentious information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health, for clients with communication difficulties/learning disabilities
  • Articulate the value added by applied psychology within the context of multidisciplinary team.
  • Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems
  • Utilise psychometric tests competently
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team.
  • Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for families and carers
  • Utilise appropriate clinical governance mechanisms within own work.
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional, academic and public settings.
  • Use approved breakaway techniques
  • Demonstrate effective keyboard skills

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work in accordance with Trust Values and Our Journey to change
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and cooperatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Committed to continual quality and service improvement
  • Self-aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback
  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, theories and application

Other requirements


  • Ability to travel independently

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


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