Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Durham and Darlington
£40,057 to £53,219 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
14 Aug 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are seeking to appoint a committed, enthusiastic Applied Psychologist (Band 7)/ Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist (Band 8a) to the Paediatric Diabetes Service in County Durham and Darlington. If the successful applicant does not meet the criteria for Band 8a, they will be appointed at Band 7 and supported to develop the required experience and competencies to progress. Applications from Trainee Applied Psychologists in their final year of training are welcome.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary team, consisting of Consultant Paediatricians, Specialist Nurses and Specialist Dietitians, working alongside another Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist and an Assistant Psychologist. The post holder will work within the wider Paediatric Psychology Service, consisting of a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Highly Specialist Applied Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists. The service provides regular placement opportunities for Trainee Psychologists.

The post holder will provide psychological expertise for children, young people and their families, leading on psychologically informed practice.

The role is diverse, with opportunities for assessment, formulation, 1-1, joint and group therapeutic work, supervision of others, as well as teaching and training. The post reflects a commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people, with service evaluation and improvement being integral.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, motivated, and demonstrate a commitment to delivering excellent psychological care and evidence based practice. They will provide psychological expertise for children, young people and their families presenting with Diabetes, offering assessment, formulation and intervention around adjustment and coping as well as utilizing behavioural change techniques and interventions to promote treatment adherence. They will lead on psychologically informed care, via consultation, formulation and clinical supervision to team members as an important element of the role.

The post is across the County Durham and Darlington area, with clinics offered in Chester Le Street, Bishop Auckland and Darlington. Due to the nature of the role, it is essential applicants are able to travel independently and have access to a suitable vehicle for business purposes. If necessary, adjustments can be considered in accordance with the Equality Act 2010.

About us

Although based in County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, the post forms part of Children and Young People's Services within Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust.

Paediatric Psychology is a highly valued profession within both the acute and mental health trust. You will be joining a supportive and proactive Psychology Professions community in the Durham and Darlington locality, with a fundamental commitment to promote the mental health and wellbeing of the children and families and delivering the best service possible.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley's NHS Foundation Trust is geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country. It provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services in partnership with local authorities, clinical commissioning groups, voluntary organisations, service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical patch, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.


The most important way we will achieve our aims is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

The Paediatric Diabetes Team is responsible for assessment and treatment of all children and young people in the locality diagnosed with Diabetes. Working as part of the Paediatric Psychology Service, the successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of psychologically-informed care as well as adhering to guidelines regarding the provision of psychological services for Paediatric Diabetes and best practice tariffs. The successful candidate will join our service at an exciting time of service transformation, as we seek to enhance psychological services within the Acute setting.

The successful candidate will work as an integral part of the multi-disciplinary team to provide psychological assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions to children, young people and their families, drawing upon a range of psychological models, physical monitoring, consultation, liaison, supervision, advice and training. They will also work with local partners in the community, including schools and primary care. We have close links with our colleagues in Education, Social Care and across TEWV.

The successful candidate will be responsible for assessing, planning and implementing care and intervention for children and young people as part of the Diabetes team. They will provide specialist psychological interventions and carry a caseload of individuals with varying needs. The successful candidate will be able to manage and assess risk and be confident in making clinical decisions independently. Training and developmental opportunities would be available for the post holder in order to further develop specialist skills and interests should these be required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • 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
  • Registration with BPS
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • 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.
  • 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
Knowledg / Skills Essential
  • 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

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