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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South Petherton
£50,952 to £57,349 a year
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to deliver specialist psychological assessment and interventions with patients receiving care following a stroke.

There are opportunities for both inpatient (hyperacute and acute stroke centre) and outpatient work (Integrated Community Stroke Service ICSS).

Applicants will ideally have some experience of working in neurological rehabilitation settings and show commitment to developing in this specialism. However we are very open to those with transferable skills looking to move to a different speciality and are able to provide training and supervision, as needed.

We also welcome applications from candidates who do not meet the full criteria but would like to be considered for a Band 7 to Band 8A preceptorship. We encourage applications from newly qualified psychologists for full- or part-time hours.QiCN supervision can be provided to those with an interest in developing a career in neuropsychology.

As we are looking to recruit two Clinical Psychologists at this stage with a third post already appointed to, there will be opportunities to form a supportive peer group arrangement.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high quality specialist psychology service to adults with stroke in the acute and post-acute stages of recovery.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the governance of psychological practice.

To supervise the assessment and treatment provided by pre-qualification psychologists within the stroke service.

To undertake consultation, teaching, research and development activity as a major job responsibility.

To contribute to psychological aspects of policy development within stroke services, supporting the further development of psychological services, accessible to this patient group.

About us

As an organisation, Somerset NHS Foundation Trust offers employees a wide range of benefits including flexible working, NHS pension scheme, generous annual leave allowance and a commitment to career development.You will be eligible for our Blue Light Card and a wide range of NHS exclusive shopping & leisure discounts.We are proud of our skilled, diverse workforce and as an inclusive employer we welcome applications from all backgrounds.Working in Somerset enables you to enjoy the idyllic countryside, areas of outstanding beauty and stunning coastlines whilst still only being a stone's throw away from bustling city centres like Bristol, Bath and Exeter and only two hours away from London.There are excellent educational facilities in the area and, when compared to other regions, house prices are reasonable.Somerset offers the countryside and the cosmopolitan -- there is truly something for everyone!

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the main duties and responsibilities, please see separate document for Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical
  • Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior
  • to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including
  • specifically models of psychopathology, clinical
  • psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more
  • distinct psychological therapies and lifespan
  • developmental psychology



  • professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems and verbal and physical abuse

Employer details

Employer name

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust


South Petherton Hospital

Bernard Way

South Petherton


TA13 5EF

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