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Principle Clinical Psychologist

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Band 8B 0.8 hours (30 hours)

Base: Wayside House Coventry. However as part of your role you will be required to travel throughout Coventry and Warwickshire. This role also incorporates remote and agile working.

We The Childrens Intensive Support Team are seeking a committed and passionate Principal Clinical Psychologist looking for an opportunity to make a difference in improving outcomes for our young people. In addition to providing a high quality, specialist applied psychology service the post holder will join the Children's IST Leadership Team and be responsible, in conjunction with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist, for the supervision and governance of the team. In addition, to support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training.

We are a rapidly evolving service and as such there will considerable opportunities to utilise research, audit and service development skills across the service. The ability to respond quickly and confidently within crisis situations is an essential part of this role.

The teams work systemically to understand and support the significant impact and challenges experienced by our service users. To do this, we work with the network around the person (e.g., Social Care, Education) and work closely with commissioners. As a Clinical Psychologist you will have experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working as you will need to attend regular MDT's, CETR's and EMDT's.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be required to provide input to the service in the form of specialist assessments and psychological interventions, team formulation, consultation, training, service evaluation and supervision of other qualified staff.

Your role will entail working directly with the service users and their families or carers and, as such, experience of working with young people who are autistic or have a learning disability and have mental health needs is essential.

The people referred to our service have highly complex needs, e.g., enduring behaviour which challenges, self-injurious, aggressive, or violent behaviour, or other risky presentations which could lead to harm to themselves or others. Understanding these needs, risks, and behaviours within the context of our service user's lived experiences and autism and/or learning disability is the foundation of our work and we use Team Formulations and strengths and challenges approach to be neuroaffirmative to help us to do this. You will have a key role in these processes, along with specialist assessments, interventions, and evaluations, which will involve working to understand relationships within families. Experience of the clinical application and evaluation of similar approaches would be advantageous.

About us

At Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust (CWPT), we deliver a wide range of physical, mental health, learning disability and autism services, and are proud to serve communities across Coventry, Warwickshire and beyond.

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 and offer a wide range of benefits and development opportunities.

These include:

generous annual leave entitlement which increases during your time with us

excellent learning and development opportunities, including apprenticeship frameworks, distance learning, internal training, coaching and mentoring, and much more

salary sacrifice schemes for lease car/ vehicle, Cycle to Work, home and electronics, gym membership and more

discounts with a range of retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues through our Employee Assistance Programme and NHS discount schemes

wellbeing support, including an in-house counselling service, external helpline and more

staff networks and support groups

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

Other responsibilities include providing consultation within the MDT and externally, joint working with other agencies, participation and involvement in service development, research and business meetings and providing supervision (where appropriate) to other psychology staff or team members providing psychologically informed interventions.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we mature and expand and continue to look for innovative ways to support the people we work with. If you are passionate and motivated to work with people with Learning Disability /Autism then we want to hear from you.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria for the band 8b role will also be considered for the band 8A role and job description (available under additional documents on NHS Jobs). This will be further discussed as part of the interview process and with the preferred candidate as appropriate.

The role is that of a community based practitioner and applicants will be required to travel across the Trust, so car owner/driver or suitable alternative transport arrangements will be essential to enable you to undertake the job. The post is subject to an enhanced DBS Check.

For further information please contact Dr Yve Griffin Interim Consultant Clinical Psychologist or Dr Becky Shaw, Principal

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or outside the UK] as approved by the HPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

Employer details

Employer name

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership Trust


Wayside House

Wilson Lane



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