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Clinical Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Bury St Edmunds
£54,764 to £63,862 a year pro rata
Closing date
8 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
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Part Time
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We have an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to join our Psychiatric Liaison Team within West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. This is a newly funded and created role. We are looking for a motivated, compassionate team player, who enjoys working in a fast paced and often pressurised environment. You will be supported to develop into and fulfil this role and relevant CPD to support this will be available and encouraged.

Our Psychiatric Liaison Team is part of West Suffolk care group's crisis pathway. It works as a single point of access for referrals and provides a range of mental health specialties within one multidisciplinary team to patients of all ages. Our teams respond to a diverse range of referrals covering both the liaison and crisis assessment function.

As well as providing specialist psychological input, the role involves supporting the team to further develop psychologically informed ways of working. There are also exciting opportunities in relation to service development, evaluation and access to funding to specialist training relevant to the role (e.g. trauma informed care, DBT).

You will link in with the wider psychological professions network within the care group and across West Suffolk Hospital.

HCPC Practitioner Psychologists from a Clinical, Counselling, Health or Forensic background can be considered, depending on relevant skills and experience.

Main duties of the job

You will lead on the delivery of psychological input and services to the Psychiatric Liaison Team. Direct psychological input will include conducting specialist assessments, developing formulations and providing brief evidence-based interventions. You will also support the team to work in a psychologically-informed way, through joint working and the provision of training, case discussion/formulation, reflective practice sessions and supervision.

You will also be part of the Clinical Leadership of the team, working with the Consultant Psychiatrists and Clinical Team Leader to continue to develop the service, and to work towards the goal of PLAN accreditation (Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network).

Through linking in with other services and working together with a consultant clinical psychologist, you will also have the opportunity to develop therapeutic interventions within acute services, as part of psychologically-informed pathways.

About us

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.


Benefits included with this role are:

NHS pension

a comprehensive in house & external training programmes

career progression

starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)

staff physio service

NHS discounts and many more

Relocation packages.

We are proud of our culture of honesty, team involvement and ownership of quality patient care with job satisfaction.

There are well established links with the UEA Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course, and the role will include supporting and supervising Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Person Specification
  • Degree in pychology
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BP

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity.

  • Experience of working is crisis services

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Priscilla N&S

“Welcome to Norfolk and Suffolk foundation Trust, we provide an extensive range of mental health services across two counties , working with our communities and partners we continue to develop and transform our services so we can really meet the needs of the people we serve .We are an organisation which truly values nurses , acknowledges the special , unique skills they bring and is committed to developing clinical, academic and leadership pathways whilst supporting, nurturing and caring for you .We have strengthened nurse leadership, created Nurse Consultant , Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist roles with many more expected . We have over 80 Non medical prescribers and will continue to support more each year .  Nursing In NSFT is not without its challenges but we have used them to create opportunities, to learn, to improve and to work differently . Our absolute priority , our number one aim is to improve the care we provide and we will achieve this. Join us and be part of something very special" - Diane Hull, Chief Nurse

Diane Hull - NSNHSFT

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is the main provider of specialist mental health services for the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk, serving a population of 1.6 million people. We are a large organisation covering a wide geographical area divided into ‘Care Groups'. There are also Care Groups supporting children, family and young people’s services, and specialist services, including Forensic mental health services.

Each Care Group has its own Leadership team, with the aim of supporting clinically led decision making locally, to support the needs of people accessing services. 

We have inpatient facilities across both counties with smaller bases in rural locations. Many of the Trust’s services are offered in the community, enabling people accessing services to receive the support they need in an environment familiar to them.

At NSFT we believe in recovery and wellbeing, and understand the importance of good physical health, maintaining relationships and achieving a balance between treatments and continuing an active life.

The people in our care, families and carers are at the centre of all aspects of all we do and are vital in helping shape and support our service strategy. Our strategy supports and enables people with mental health problems to live a fulfilling life and make their personal recovery journey. 

Norfolk and Suffolk, in the East of England are some of the safest places to live in the UK, with low crime rates making it a community to be proud of. Housing prices are frequently cited as a reason to move here, as you get an incredible amount for your money compared with other major UK cities.

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About our location

Norwich in Norfolk has something for everyone. It has retained a strong local identity and, with that, a sense of community. Locals say hello to each other, baristas remember our coffee orders and you’ll be among the first to know about interesting local projects.  This strong sense of community, along with excellent shopping, eating out, affordable house prices and excellent schooling is why Norwich has been ranked by the Guardian as the UK’s best city to work in.

Ipswich in Suffolk is steeped in history, yet full of life. According to The London Economic, affordable house prices and hourly commutes to London have earned Suffolk’s county town a slot in their top ten property destinations. “In Ipswich we have got a fantastic cultural offer far better than what towns and cities bigger than us are offering.  We have got very good transport links, especially to London, and house prices are a lot cheaper in the area.

One of Norfolk’s most famous stretches of beaches, Great Yarmouth attracts around six million tourists each year! Situated at the mouth of the River Yare, this old port town is home to beautiful golden sandy beaches and neighbouring towns and villages with scenic views and homely charm.

Full to the brim of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to enjoy the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer!  A small, historic market town, King's Lynn is the perfect place to live and work, with fantastic train links and short drives to fantastic beaches.

Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious cathedral and abbey gardens provide a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and convenient for Cambridge.

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For family members who love (or need) to travel, you’re ideally located. Trains run to and from London every 30 minutes from both Ipswich and Norwich, and there are direct rail services from Manchester, Nottingham and Cambridge.   Both counties are well connected to major road networks and Norwich has an international airport. 

Some of our valued employees have told their story of working at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust... use the links below to read these.

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