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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum pro rata
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for someone with a passion for working with people who have experienced severe and enduring mental health difficulties. This is an excellent career development opportunity to lead a team of psychologists and psychological practitioners working as part of a larger multi-disciplinary service.

There is significant scope for the strategic development of models of service delivery, supporting delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions to this client group. You will have a clinical caseload as well as clear management and supervisory components to your role. You will also oversee a psychologically informed wider workforce in the MDT. This will also involve proactive engagement with third sector stakeholders.

There are ample training opportunities, and the team has benefited from recent training in CBTP, EMDR and the modular Feeling safe programme for persecutory delusions.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work with service users experiencing serious mental health problems and there is opportunity to develop and provide specialist clinical interventions with specific client groups to meet service needs. The post-holder will provide clinical supervision and leadership to other psychologists delivering specialist interventions and where indicated provide direct and indirect clinical interventions to individuals and their families.

To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to clients served by the locality team to provide specialist psychological assessment including neuropsychology assessment to provide NICE compliant specialist psychological therapy to provide advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other non-professional carers to lead on the training and on-going supervision of psychologists and non-psychologist staff in psychological interventions to ensure appropriate governance arrangements for all psychological services within the team to contribute to the initial expert assessment of clients newly referred to the team to work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities.
  • To provide psychological assessments of clients referred to the locality team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To develop psychological formulations of presenting problems or situations that integrate information from assessments within a coherent framework that draws upon psychological theory and evidence and which incorporates interpersonal, societal, cultural and biological factors.
  • To use psychological formulations to develop and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, and to use these plans to inform and lead the work of non-psychology members of the team.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, and manage and maintain a caseload in line with service guidelines and under the overall co-ordination of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management in line with Trust and inter-agency policies and procedures.
  • To communicate, in a skilled and sensitive manner, to clients, family carers and others as appropriate, information that may be contentious or highly distressing concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care.
  • To produce reports on clients, in a timely manner, that convey the key findings of psychological assessment and formulation and treatment outcome in a way that does justice to the complexity of the problems described, but that are understandable to the recipients of the reports, including clients and referrers.

Person Specification

Physical Requirements


  • Physical effort - ability to exert moderate physical effort during a session. Ability to sit for extended periods



  • Doctorate level training in clinical / counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical, psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS and HCPC
  • Undertaken training in the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council as a practitioner psychologist


  • Chartered Psychologist
  • Undertaken relevant post-doctoral training in working with clients with complex psychological needs
  • Undertaken further training in specialised area: EMDR, CBT, CBTp, CBTpd, CAT, DBT, neuropsychology, SFT, systemic therapy
  • Evidence of further training in leadership and management



  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist at post-qualification and specialist level
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of clients across the full range of adult mental health care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient setting
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups (including people with psychosis and people with complex PTSD), across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision


  • Experience of delivering supervision to non-psychology MDT staff
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of working with people with severe and enduring mental illness within a secondary care setting
  • Experience of leading service development projects
  • Experience of using outcome measures and feeding the outcomes back to key stakeholders
  • Experience of leading teams

Skills & Abilities


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, psychological formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. This requires the use of highly developed analytical and judgement skills.
  • Skills in individual and group work and in programme planning.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance, including regular supervision, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Willingness to be flexible, adaptable and innovative.
  • High standard of report writing for communication with professionals from NHS, Local Authority and other agencies, parents/ carers and clients.


  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in specialist neuropsychological assessment of adults.
  • High-level knowledge and skills in working with carers.

Knowledge & Understanding


  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, psychological aspects of physical health difficulties, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge concerning the management of qualified psychologists, including recruitment and retention, appraisals, and other HR policies and processes.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of psychological medicine.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies. therapy (ACT) and compassion focussed approaches etc.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust


Cavell Centre




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