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Clinical Psychologist - Community with £3K Incentive Allowance

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you ready for a diverse, well supported post in a great location? Would you like to inspire and be inspired by others who share a common passion and commitment to working alongside and advocating for adults with serious mental health difficulties? Then this is the post for you.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an 8a Psychologist (band 7 preceptorship applications welcome) to join the service at an exciting time of service transformation. Psychology is well integrated into the team and there are ample opportunities to develop direct clinical skills alongside consultation and MDT working. There will be opportunities to influence the transformation of services and contribution to service-related projects/interests will be strongly encouraged. We are developing a preceptorship programme and currently have 2 newly qualified Clinical Psychologists in our Older People's services in Suffolk. We have close involvement with the University of East Anglia and support the placements of trainee clinical psychologists and CAPs within the team as well as opportunities to becoming involved as a personal support tutor, or at 8a, a regional tutor.

Main duties of the job

You will offer direct clinical work (specialist assessment, formulation, and intervention (group and individual) with working age adults over the age of 25 with a range of mental health difficulties and their families and carers where appropriate). You will provide clinical support and supervision groups to our social workers, nurses, OTs, and assistant practitioner colleagues to integrate psychological understandings to support the management of complex risk and plan care. The role will also offer consultation and develop team formulation. There will be opportunities to provide training to the team and support the implementation of the Personality Disorder strategy, formulation skills project, and service evaluation to improve quality of care and provision in challenging times. We also have a thriving recovery college and there will be an opportunity to contribute to courses if desired.

You will undertake psychological assessment to inform formulation and intervention, and will offer and develop a range of interventions, including direct therapy, including groups and also support interventions in the MDT to manage access to formal psychological therapies (First Steps Group, Workbooks, Psychoeducation, supervision of CAPs). Depending on interests, there is an opportunity to develop interventions for people with psychosis and bipolar and/or complex emotional needs. CPD will be supported, and appropriate training (including HEE funded training) will be available.

About us

We are an experienced, cohesive, and supportive MDT, providing formulation driven interventions to meet the needs of adults presenting with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, serving a rural patch from a base in Ipswich. The post will offer opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated and committed qualified clinical or counselling psychologist to broaden their experience, working with an existing 8b Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Therapist, Clinical Associate Psychologist and a placement for a future Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner, together offering specialism in EMDR, CAT, IPT and CBT. Many of the team have undertaken DBT 'essential skills' training. The team works alongside other specialist diagnostic and treatment pathways.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and aim to attract and retain a candidate who is compassionate and committed to our trust values of working positively, respectfully, and together.

Please get in touch to discuss your career aspirations: Adrian Matthews, Clinical Team Leader Louise Candey, Clinical Psychologist

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!

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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**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**

Person Specification
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Supervisor training, to be a supervisor of doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees or willing to undertake training

  • Theory and practice of specialised psychological interventions (assessment and / or therapist)

  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Able to effectively communicate technical and clinically sensitive information to service users, families, carers and other professionals, within and outside NHS.

  • Skills in creating and delivering presentations and Application Form / Interview / References Page | 10 Generic 2016 training programmes.

  • Experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist and able to evidence appropriate knowledge and experience in practice to enable the post holder to clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment.
  • Able to identify, provide and promote appropriate support strategies to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.

  • Experience of representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details
Employer name

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust


Coastal Adult Team

Resource Centre, Walker Close



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“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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