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Senior Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Outstanding ... Our Journey continues

Would you like the opportunity to use your Applied Psychologist and Leadership skills with an Outstanding Trust ... one of only two Specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated as Outstanding by the CQC?

We are seeking a Band 8a Senior Psychologist to take up this much valued post to support our South Stoke CAMHS Team based in Stoke on Trent.

Main duties of the job

This is a real opportunity for an enthusiastic and engaging Senior Psychologist to be part of a developing fast paced, multi-disciplinary CAMH service by providing clinical leadership to the team. If you are looking to progress your career and move into a more senior role this is the ideal post for you. You will have the opportunity to receive excellent supervision and CPD opportunities and professional leadership support and for the right candidate we are willing to offer support to develop your skills either clinically, or as a new leader. A preceptorship model would also be considered.

You will be working an extremely varied case load, working with service users and their families with difficulties ranging across complex trauma, depression and challenging behaviour, in line with the post holders experience and competencies. You will work as a key member of the multi-disciplinary team embedding psychologically informed ways of working. This position offers great opportunities to work alongside our experienced clinicians in our CAMH services and to be part of the exciting developments in the community mental health teams in increasing access to psychological therapies for people with complex mental health needs.

About us

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 and provides mental health and learning disability care to people predominantly living in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in North Staffordshire. The Trust is one of the main providers of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands.

We currently work from both hospital and community-based premises, operating from approximately 30 sites to approximately 464,000 people of all ages and diverse backgrounds in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire. Our main site is Harplands Hospital, which opened in 2001 and provides the setting for most of our inpatient units.

We provide services to people with a wide range of mental health and learning disability needs. Sometimes our service users need to spend time in hospital, but much more often we are able to provide care in community settings and in people's own homes.

We also provide specialist mental health services such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), substance misuse services and psychological therapies, plus a range of clinical and non-clinical services to support University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).

Job description Job responsibilities

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to clients with highly complex and contentious mental health conditions or learning disabilities which include challenging behaviours and possible risk of physical aggression.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To provide clinical supervision and training to less experienced colleagues within the designated psychology service and to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

To undertake formal research as a major part of the job and act as field supervisor to doctorate trainees.

To be proactive in continual service improvement within own area.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health or learning disabilitie

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Must have experience of 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 the full range of care settings.
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctorial level knowledge of Evidence- based practice relevant to the role

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