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Highly Specialist Psychologist/Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist to join our multi-disciplinary Durham and Darlington CYPS Community Eating Disorders Service.

The team works with children and young people up to the age of 18 and with an eating disorder, alongside their families. We have close links with our colleagues in paediatrics and within locality CAMHS teams. We operate an assessment, treatment, and consultancy model to ensure that young people and their families receive high quality, safe, effective, evidence-based care encompassing both physical and psychological well-being in line with national guidance around the treatment of eating disorders within the community. The team provides individual and family therapy, physical monitoring, consultation, liaison, advice, and training, and works with young people and families affected by eating disorders as well as local partners in the community including schools and primary care. We have also developed a home based treatment team to provide more intensive community support and reduce the need for inpatient admissions.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be joining a well-established community team, and the post will involve working in the community within the supportive and collaborative multi-disciplinary eating disorders team to provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to young people and their families. The post holder will also offer supervision, advice, consultation and training to other members of the team, and there are multiple opportunities to be involved in service development initiatives as the service is constantly evolving to meet the changing needs of our population.

Experience of working with young people and families is important, as well as the ability to work effectively within the multi-disciplinary team and with our multi-agency partner organisations. Experience of working systemically would be beneficial. We are keen to support the ongoing development of Psychologists through training and CPD opportunities. The post holder will receive regular supportive supervision from the Consultant Psychologist within the service. There is a strong psychology network across the trust and within the CAMHS directorate. The service provides training placements and teaching for the local DClinPsy & DCounsPsy courses.

About us

We are the Mental Health & Learning Disability NHS Trust for County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby.

From education and prevention, to crisis and specialist care --our talented and compassionate teams work in partnership with our patients, communities and partners to help the people of our region feel safe, understood, believed in and cared for.

We nurture the recovery journey of anyone in need of our help. In Our Trust, everyone has a say in how they are supported and treated because we listen to every person in our care until they feel understood. Our patients, their families and carers work together with us towards better mental health.

We're committed to new thinking that improves the wellbeing of our region. We connect with our communities and partners to get mental health care right, in areas that really need it.

We won't rest until everyone in our region has the mental health care they need, to lead their best possible life.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We are willing to consider applications from Psychologists who do not yet meet the essential criteria for a Band 8a, but who would be interested in undertaking the post at a Band 7 initially, with a supportive plan for development and progression in due course.

Please refer to attached job descriptions as per documents section for both Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist or Applied psychologist depending on experiencefor further detailed information to ensure that you meet the role criteria before applying.

Psychologists & Psychological Therapists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academys Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

For further details regarding this post, or to arrange an informal discussion, please contact:Dr Jennifer Scott, Consultant PsychologistTelephone:. 03000 132000 (option 7)Email:

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Trained in clinical supervision (within agreed timescale)
  • Trained in care co-ordination (within agreed timescale)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Registration with BPS
  • Post-graduate qualification showing evidence of supervised practice in an evidence-based psychological therapeutic model



  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Teaching, training and clinical supervision and field supervisor for doctoral theses.
  • Research and development
  • Quality and service improvement and evaluation.


  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies



  • Evidence- based practice relevant to the role
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Clinical governance
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Audit and research methodology
  • Social Inclusion agenda
  • The Trust's Quality Improvement System



  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties / learning disabilities
  • Provide effective teaching, training and clinical supervision for the multidisciplinary team.
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordination/lead practitioner responsibilities
  • Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems
  • Utilise psychometric tests competently
  • Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours
  • Utilise appropriate clinical governance mechanisms within own work
  • Use approved breakaway techniques
  • Demonstrate effective keyboard skills
  • Use multimedia materials for presentations in professional, academic and public settings.

personal Attributes


  • Able to work in accordance with the Staff Compact and Trust Values and Behaviours
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Committed to continual quality and service Page 9 of 11 improvement
  • Self aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


North End House

42 North End



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