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Practitioner Psychologist - £3k Welcome bonus

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Great Yarmouth & Waveney
£54,764 to £63,862 a year gross per annum pro rata
Closing date
10 Aug 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you interested in an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and multi-disciplinary mental health liaison team?

We are seeking to recruit a Band 8B Practitioner Psychologist for the Mental Health Liaison Team at the James Paget University Hospital. This is an exciting opportunity to join an established multi-disciplinary team, which meets the standards of CORE-24 liaison services and aims to provide holistic care.

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 innovative approaches.

You will link in with the wider psychological professions network within the Care Group.

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.

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. This includes access to funding for training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

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 mental health 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 / reflective practice sessions, and supervision.

The role also includes consultancy and liaison with other mental health services, including secondary care mental health teams and other acute services, such as the Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Team.

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 further develop therapeutic interventions within acute services, as part of psychologically-informed pathways. You will also contribute to the personality disorder strategy and the DBT programme

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.

Job description
Job responsibilities
**This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000 (pro-rata for part time roles). This is a one off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some it, as follows: 100% of the value of the premium in the first 12 months; 50% of the value of the premium in the period 12 months to 2 years following appointment. Please note this recruitment premium is for external applicants only. Not applicable to newly qualified nurses**

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!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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Person Specification
  • Use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Assessment, evaluation and management of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively complex, highly technical and clinically highly sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

  • Production of reports suitable for public presentations and presentation in medico-legal setting
  • High level knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of psychological therapies

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity
  • Relevant experience in service area
  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist and evidence of specialist knowledge gained through practice and ongoing training
  • Application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups and presenting problems including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Teaching, training and delivering clinical supervision.

  • Working in the relevant service to support specialist knowledge
  • Representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).
  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post.

  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BPS
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Further post-qualification, post-graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

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

  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc.)
  • Practitioner level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy
  • Providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems
  • Creating and delivering presentations and training programmes in line with specialist knowledge.

  • Ability to travel independently
  • Commitment to continuing professional development, to partnership working and to reflective clinical practice

  • Experience of providing specific support intervention and strategy for staff.

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



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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