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Directorate Lead for Psychological Services and Professions

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£83,571 to £96,376 a year pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Are you an experienced, dynamic Consultant Clinical Psychologist with proven expertise in providing effective senior leadership within multi-professional settings and processes and have experience of leading sizeable service developments and improvements with proven impact?

We are looking to recruit to the post of Directorate Lead for Psychological Services and Professions for inpatient mental health and urgent care services. The postholder will operationally account to the Director of Operations for Adult Mental Health and Older People's services and professionally to the Director of Psychological Services and Professions. In this role you will have responsibility for professionally and clinically leading the other Consultant grade Psychologists in the Directorate and will provide clinical supervision to these and other Consultants within the Trust. You will drive research and quality improvement, and actively engage in local, regional and national fora to support the development of these services. You will have excellent communication skills, be highly motivated, able to maintain focus and purpose, and respect and value team working at all levels. We're looking for someone who embraces co-production to help us achieve the best possible psychological services for service users, their families and staff.

We strongly encourage applicants to contact us for an informal conversation about the post.

Main duties of the job

Our inpatient mental health and urgent care services are currently engaged in significant transformation, in response to national guidance, providing a unique opportunity to ensure our inpatient mental health and urgent care settings deliver trauma informed care and evidence-based therapeutic services to the people who need them. In this role you will be an essential member of the core team leading this transformation. You will lead on the programmes and processes that are psychological in nature and relate to all services in inpatient mental health and urgent care and will be accountable for overseeing the governance of psychological interventions and practice.

To be successful, you will already hold a Consultant Clinical Psychologist position. You will have considerable clinical experience and demonstrate highly specialist psychological knowledge in the field of inpatient mental health and/or urgent care services. You will be used to the fast pace of response in inpatient and urgent care settings. You will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the national, regional and local context around these services and understand the many points of intersection of these services within the Trust and within our system partnerships.

About us

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust provides a full range of expanding physical, mental health and learning disability services to children, young adults, adults and older adults over many sites across Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

Services are provided to a population of over one million people living in Coventry and Warwickshire and also a wider geographical area in some of our specialist services, we see on average around 5,000 patients every day.

At CWPT 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. We have an extensive wellbeing package to support our staff both in and out of work and we offer generous annual leave entitlement. With excellent training and development opportunities, we believe in growing our talent to be the best they can be and strive to promote from within the organisation. We listen to the feedback of our staff and service users, to ensure everyone has a voice and is recognised and valued for their contribution.

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 post holder will be expected to demonstrate strong professional leadership for Psychological Services, practice and Professions and provide highly specialist psychological advice across the Adult Mental Health Directorate, specifically Inpatient and Urgent Care Services and into the wider system.

The post holder will be expected to provide support, guidance and represent the broad views of Psychological Services staff within the services and will need to achieve a level of visibility that enables these goals to be met.

The post holder will play a leading role in the development and implementation of a clinical strategy for the Directorate and will play a leading role in the progression of the transformational change programme for the Directorate.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level psychological services qualification or equivalent experience with HCPC registration
  • Extensive experience in a senior position
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Relevant management and/or leadership training



  • Ability to present complex information to a variety of audiences, verbally and in written reports
  • Ability to use IT, including Microsoft Office and Power Point
  • Able to work within a multi-professional team
  • Able to work collaboratively with partner organisations
  • Ability to present complex data to different audiences with different information needs
  • Ability to manage conflict
  • Innovative thinker with the ability to cut through barriers to change
  • Proven track record of supporting transformation and performance management



  • Experience of managing people
  • Experience of managing change and associated behaviours
  • Experience of developing policies and procedures
  • Proven record of leading change and innovation
  • Evidence of outcomes from application of professional leadership
  • Evidence of the development and application of competences for psychological services
  • Evidence of Clinical Leadership
  • Evidence of managing a team



  • Ability to work under pressure and within set timescales
  • Self-motivated and able to work autonomously
  • Ability to withstand pressure of work, frequent interruptions, demanding conflicting priorities and to respond effectively to these.
  • Ability to deal with sensitive information
  • Ability to travel around West Midlands

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


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