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Clinical Psychologist Principal

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Clinical Psychologist - Older Adults Specialty, 1.0wte Band 7/8a depending on experience

We are seeking a clinical psychologist with experience and enthusiasm in working with older people, to join the friendly and supportive Rapid Intervention and Treatment Team (RITT) based at Lytham Hospital on the beautiful Fylde Coast.

The RITT team provides a variety of approaches to support older people with complex mental health issues, with the aim of reducing the need for hospital admission where possible. A specialist care home liaison service is also provided to nursing and care homes.

The successful applicant will be working with the multi-disciplinary team and team manager to continue to develop a high quality, community-orientated service for older people. The successful post-holder will also be working alongside another clinical psychologist and assistant psychologist(s) based in the same team, plus additional locality based psychology colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The posts are professionally attached to the locality older adult psychology team and wider network, both of which offer a friendly and supportive space, with a strong commitment to providing quality services for older people in Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust is also committed to staff development, and have invested in on-going training and development opportunities including funding recent further therapy training and leadership courses. There are strong links with Universities and various opportunities for research involvement.

The substantive post is full-time, but we would consider part-time and job share arrangements. Informal enquiries and visits are strongly welcomed.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role

Please note: we are pleased to be able to offer this post as a preceptorship for suitably experienced candidates, therefore we would welcome applications from current trainee clinical psychologists. Successful progression to 8a will depend upon satisfactory completion of an agreed LSCFT preceptorship skills framework.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and Neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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 teaching, training and/or supervising

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Blackpool Fylde & Wyre



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