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Highly Specialist Clinical/ Forensic/ Counselling Psychologist

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
21 Jul 2024
We have an exciting post fora registered (or soon to be qualified) Clinical / Forensic / Counselling Psychologistwho is passionate about working with people with learning disabilities.

You would be joining a friendly and well-established team of psychologists who provide psychological interventions as part of a multi-disciplinary community team for adults with learning disabilities.

Our work includes individual therapy, group work, systemic working, indirect work, neuropsychological assessment, service development, leadership opportunities and training.

We are an innovative team and keen to develop the skills of our staff in areas they are passionate about. We also have close links with the Trent Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and we are a core placement for Trainee Clinical Psychologists, who are an important and valued part of our team.

We are also part of a strong and progressive Division of Psychology & Psychological Therapies, with dedicated psychology leadership and a vision to support all people in Derbyshire to live their best life. This means that there are a range of opportunities for support and supervision both within the learning disability team, and the wider division.

We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic psychologist who is motivated to work within the service and actively contribute to its ongoing development.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate must have an enthusiasm and experience of working with adults with learning disabilities.

You will need to work flexibly both directly in clinical settings and through remote contact with clients, carers and colleagues.

You will need to be able to meet the travel requirements of the post and have access to a private and secure space for remote working practices.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account

Working for Derbyshire Healthcare within the Division of Psychology & Psychological Therapies provides notable opportunities for career development and progression and provides access to CPD and cross service networking to enhance clinical experience, expertise and understandings.

The ANS/ LD Psychology team is proud of our commitment to good clinical practice, and is a supportive and welcoming group of professionals with diverse skills and expertise. The team sits within a strong and progressive Division of Psychology & Psychological Therapies where the valuing and sharing of specialist skills and knowledge is strongly encouraged across specialties.

There are opportunities to receive specialist supervision and training across the Service and the Division that enables active CPD and career progression with access to broader peer support for guidance and advice.

Research is encouraged to raise the profile of people with neurodevelopmental needs and the psychology team is actively looking to progress in this area to optimise service development. The Trust encourages the participation in personal and professional development and has good links with the regional university training courses.

Person Specification

Attainments & Qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical / Forensic / Counselling Psychology or due to complete training in 2024
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (or eligible if due to complete training in 2024)


  • Post qualification training in supervision
  • Post qualification in area of speciality
  • Skill and experience relating to the assessment and management of risk for adults with learning disabilities

Knowledge and skills


  • Very high level of communication skills in written format
  • Skills in providing consultation and supervision to non-psychology colleagues and teaching/training skills
  • Knowledge and skills in the application of forensic, counselling or clinical psychology assessments and interventions in different cultural contexts and where there are communication/language barriers


  • Highly specialist assessment and therapeutic skills related to complex, severe and enduring psychological problems experienced by adults with learning disabilities and/or autism with additional complex needs including communication difficulties, sensory difficulties, complex trauma histories, comorbid mental health needs and who present complex challenges to services
  • Skills in adapting knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and methodologies to adults with learning disabilities and/or autism with associated complex needs



  • Experience of working as a qualified (or soon to be) clinical / forensic / counselling psychologist in a relevant clinical speciality.
  • Experience in working with adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, their families/carers in community settings
  • Experience of working with multidisciplinary staff teams and interagency working to support the delivery of therapeutic care
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and supervision


  • Experience of specialist assessments for learning disabilities for psychological needs
  • Experience of working with clients with complex mental health problems
  • Experience of working with clients who present challenges to services, where risks of self- harm or harm to others is a key feature



  • Possess an enthusiasm for psychology in relation to adults with learning disabilities and including comorbid mental health problems and/or complex needs


  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the post

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Andrew's House

201 London Road



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