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Clinical Psychologist

Livewell Southwest
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
30 Aug 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Working 24 hours per week. Are you a 3rd year trainee or newly qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist interested in developing your expertise in working in Later Life community mental health services?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical/Counselling psychologist to join our friendly team of dedicated professionals working with older people living with moderate-severe emotional difficulties. You will be supported in providing a community psychological service to people in later life with mental health difficulties offering guidance to their wider network of family and carers. The successful applicant can look forward to a very rewarding role improving the psychological health and wellbeing of our older people living in Plymouth.

The team values the skills, knowledge and wisdom offered by psychologists and welcome the prospect of working alongside one. You will be joining a network of friendly psychologists working across various specialties in the organisation, many of whom have close links to the University of Plymouth should you be interested in conducting research or would like to teach as a visiting lecturer.

The service covers the whole city of Plymouth, and is based in Mt Gould Hospital where there is ample parking for both staff and patients. Plymouth is a very affordable city surrounded by lovely beaches, moorland and country walks.

Main duties of the job

The main duties of the successful applicant will involve:
  • Providing a community psychological service to people in later life with mental health difficulties, supporting their families, and carers as a key component of Health and Social Care Partnership Services.
  • Providing highly specialist psychology assessments, formulation, one to one and group intervention to people from highly complex, challenging and emotional backgrounds.
  • Providing consultation, teaching and advice to families, care staff and other professionals working in laterlife services.
  • Providing consultation and guidance to other professionals within the team working psychologically with their clients.
  • Providing clinical leadership, co-ordination and supervision for assistant psychologists, trainees and other professionals employed by or attached to the team.
  • Working autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the team.
  • Working alongside other team members to ensure efficient and effective service delivery daily.
  • The post holder will receive regular managerial, professional and clinical supervision in accordance with Livewell South West policy and the Professional Practice Guidelines set out by the Health and Care Professionals Council.

Please note that this role may not be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker route, please refer to the Direct Gov website for more information with regards to eligibility.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To possess and practice a high level of communication and relationship skills in situations where emotional distress and risk of self-harm and of life threatening behaviour can be expected.

To deal effectively with highly distressing service user and family situations (e.g. family breakdown, abuse, verbal aggression, challenging behaviour) and to support other staff in their responses to such situations (e.g. through supervision, consultation, debriefing).

To communicate with staff in health, social care, and the voluntary sector in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, complex and sensitive information concerning the assessment, formulation and intervention plans for people who are under our care.

To provide support and guidance in the application of psychological principles and techniques and to foster reflective practice at an individual and group level.

Responsible for providing a specialist psychological service to people in later life presenting with complex physical health problems, psychological disorders and behavioural difficulties.

To use theoretical and practical knowledge to perform specialist psychological, psychometric assessments which require specialist analytic and interpretive skills.

To draw on multiple sources and a range of theoretical psychological models and knowledge to develop formulations that guides the development of clinical interventions and care plans at an individual and group level. This includes making skilled evaluations and decisions regarding the psychological management of clients, including the management of risk.

To write psychological reports for service users, referrers and carers detailing the outcome of assessments and interventions and to communicate such complex information in a sensitive manner.

To provide advice and guidance through the process of consultation on psychological aspects of a persons care to the person, colleagues, service providers, paid carers and families.

To manage the referrals to the psychology service from both the memory and mental health community teams.

To contribute to service innovation for older people with mental health problems to best meet the organisations strategy and priorities.

To be responsible for planning and prioritising own workload and for balancing individual responsibilities for service user work with other roles within and outside the teams e.g. clinicalaudit, service development, consultancy and training.

Responsible for formulating and implementing plans for a range of evidence-based psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families, groups and service delivery systems.

Being responsible for the adjustment and refining of psychological formulations, drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses based upon the analysis of each individual case. In addition, to demonstrate awareness of race, culture and diversity issues.

Responsible for providing specialist advice and consultation to other service members on psychological aspects of mental health including appropriate treatment approaches, complex issues of engaging people with memory difficulties and maintaining change, and working with the wider systems which affect a persons wellbeing (e.g. family, paid carers).

To interpret and contribute to the development of policies and procedures for the provision of psychology and psychological therapy services in later life services.

To contribute to the multi-professional planning, development and marketing of mental health wellbeing services.

To maintain and apply psychometric tests and equipment, and evaluate progress.

To supervise assistant psychologists.

To provide therapy supervision to non-psychology staff providing psychological therapies within the service.

The post holder will be required to compile clinical reports, maintain accurate records using the appropriate IT system and be responsible for any other administrative tasks relating to theirclinical work e.g. clinical audit and reports.

The post holder is responsible for liaising with other team members and health and social care employees, both in verbal and written form in order to co-ordinate effective and appropriate care for later life service users. .

To carry out research activities as and when required, applying knowledge of research methodology and to contribute research knowledge and expertise to the research activities of other disciplines as required by the service.

To take responsibility and develop effective means of auditing and evaluating the outcomes of individual work, team activity and clinics within the service.

The post holder will be involved in identifying and implementing service developments which will enhance the treatment opportunities provided to service users and carers, through consultation and collaboration with managers, team members and locality wide facilities.

The post holder is accountable for their own professional actions, acting within Livewell South West policies and procedures and Professional Practice Guidelines (HCPC).

To work autonomously within clinical professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the governance of psychological practice with the Health and Social Care partnership for later life services.

To provide expert and specialist clinical psychologist expertise and advice guidance and consultation on psychological aspects of client care to colleagues, and, other service providers, and families.

To ensure all clinical care and treatment provided by psychology is carried out under appropriate supervision and leadership.

The post holder will ensure that they maintain their awareness of research findings concerning psychology, later life mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions.

To contribute to the supervision of Trainee Clinical Psychologists on D.Clin Psych Course (Plymouth University).

Person Specification



  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist (D.Clin. Psych or equivalent) and registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC)


  • Certification and experience of either: CBT, BAT, ACT, Systemic therapy or Mindfulness based therapies.



  • Experience of conducting psychological assessments, interventions and evaluations
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience of team consultation and supervision


  • Experience of teaching and training others
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of performing and interpreting neuropsychological assessments

Knowledge & Skills


  • Knowledge of Later Life Mental Health services in the NHS, skills and practice of clinical psychology.

Skills Abilities


  • Excellent verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to integrate complex data, make highly skilled evaluations and decisions, and take a long-term perspective
  • Organisation and time management skills


  • Experience of developing effective relationships with other agencies and organisations and working across organisational boundaries within health or social care
  • To have well developed reflective practice skills
  • Extensive experience of working effectively as part of a team and aiding the development of a team
  • Consultation skills

Employer details

Employer name

Livewell Southwest


200 Mount Gould Road

Mount Gould




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