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Specialist or Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Huntington, York
£43,742 to £57,349 pro rata, per annum
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Full Time
We are a supportive and collaborative Older People's Community Mental Health Team, seeking a Specialist Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Applied (e.g. Clinical) Psychologist to join us. The successful applicant will lead on and deliver psychological assessments, formulations and therapies for older people, families and carers within a CMHT that covers urban and rural areas in York and North Yorkshire.

The applied psychologist role is key to the provision of high-quality care for patients, carers and families within our Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP). Applied Psychology is highly valued in the team, Care Group and within the Trust, with good professional support .

We welcome applications from existing Band 8a or Band 7 Applied Psychologists (e.g. Clinical Psychologists) as well as newly qualified Applied Psychologists and individuals due to qualify from DClinPsy courses (or equivalent). A successful candidate taking up the post at Band 7 will be provided with clinical/professional and managerial supervision and developmental support to help them to progress to Band 8a, according to a clear set of criteria. For those not appointed as an 8a, transition will be considered once there is a professional and managerial consensus that competencies are met. We are developing the range of psychological therapies we offer for complex emotional and relational needs, and want to support Diploma level training in specialist therapies (CBT or CAT).

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulation and therapies with individuals, families and teams as part of an MDT approach, according to evidence-based pathways of care and in line with the Trust's commitment to partnership working with families and carers. Alongside direct clinical work, providing consultation, training and clinical supervision to other team members as well as trainee and assistant psychologists are integral to the role.

As a senior member of the team, the post holder will be expected to demonstrate good leadership skills in supporting MDT colleagues to work psychologically and use person-centred principles. The post holder will be a key member of a compassionate, collective leadership team within the CMHT. Innovation and engagement in research and development activity is actively encouraged.

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

Please find the attached job description and person specification which outlines the main duties and responsibilities of the role.

Please refer to the attached job description and person specifications for 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.

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
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice - Band 8a
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Trained in care co-ordination
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Registration with BPS



  • 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 or if applying at Band 7 experience of working within mental health
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.


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

Knowledge / Skills


  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people


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

Employer details

Employer name

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust


Huntington House

Jockey Lane

Huntington, York

YO32 9XW

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