Senior Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Sep 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Permanent from 0.4 WTE up to full time hours Older People Inpatient Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (8a or band 7 preceptorship for newly qualified applicants)at Harplands Hospital

This post is available from 0.4 WTE up to 1 WTE. The Trust supports agile working & the ability to work from home part of the time can be facilitated alongside compressed hours &/or flexible start & finish times

Do you have an interest in working with older people experiencing complex trauma, anxiety, depression, psychosis & bi-polar & cognitive difficulties? Are you excited to make a difference to the lives of older people & their families who are experiencing mental health, physical health &/or cognitive difficulties?

Are you enthusiastic about working on inpatient wards in a friendly, passionate & effective MDT? Do you want to join an experienced older person's psychology team consisting of a Principal & Senior Psychologist, Trainees & Assistants? Do you also want to be an integral member of a team of Acute & Urgent Care (A&UC) Psychologists?

If so, then this may be the ideal job for you...

Main duties of the job

The Harplands Hospital would welcome applicants for a Senior Psychologist to complement the MDT on two older people's wards. We are seeking someone looking for variety in their work. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing highly specialist psychological assessment, as well as individual & group interventions. You will also be actively involved in teaching & training for ward staff, providing reflective practice & consultation & offering team based formulations around behaviour that challenges. There will also be opportunities to complete neuropsychological assessments & gain skills in this area.

To support you in your new post, you willwork alongside a truly approachable older person's psychology team. You will also be an integral part of the A&UC Psychology team & will have direct support & consultation from a Consultant Psychologist. This post will be supported via clinical supervision offered by the Principal Psychologist & managerial supervision with the Ward Manager. You will also have access to specialist neuropsychology supervision.

Aside from direct clinical work, you will be encouraged to contribute to service development, quality improvement & research projects. Professional development & your own training are also actively encouraged & supported via a number of CPD opportunities (internal training programme alongside a ring-fenced support for Psychology training). The A&UC Psychology meets for regular team meetings & complex case discussions.

About us

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do & how we do it.' Our team prides themselves on compassion, team work & resilience.

A detailed analysis of the most recent national NHS Staff Survey data has confirmed Combined Healthcare is the best rated Trust in the entire NHS.

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation & we'd like you to be part of it. To excel you will be an enthusiastic, caring & compassionate registered professional who is looking to work within a Trust that is ambitious to perform well & has been told by the Care Quality Commission that it is the fastest improving Mental Health Trust in the Country.

Relocation package is available to support you to join our Trust.

The Trust has the advantage of being relatively small, where good working relationships are fostered & valued. The current vacancy is based in Stoke-on-Trent, which is easily commutable from all parts of Staffordshire, Cheshire & Manchester areas, has extremely good road links to & from the city.

Staff parking is free on all our main sites.

In return we offer;
  • Focus on staff wellbeing with easy access to Staff Support & Counselling service as well as Staff Psychological Wellbeing Hub
  • We cover the cost of your DBS Check (£44)
  • Competitive staff benefits such as weekly offers & discounts
  • Individual Personal Development Plan & Career Progression
  • Excellent pension scheme available
  • 27- 33 days annual leave, plus statutory bank holidays (pro rata)

Job description Job responsibilities

We are open to applications from those approaching the end of training & newly qualified Psychologists looking for a Band 7 role. The successful candidate will be supported via a preceptorship process to progress from a Band 7 to a Band 8a over a period of up 18- 24 months dependent on experience & attainment of the needed competencies. However, we also welcome more experienced Psychologists looking for a Band 8a post or looking to change settings.


Band 7 Salary Band is £ 41,659- £ 47,672per annum

Band 8A Salary Band is £ 48,526- £ 54,619per annum

To read more information about the advertised role, & the full details of the main job duties/responsibilities please open the Job Description & Person Specification located under the supporting documents heading. JD & PS are available for both 7 & 8a bands.

You can also read more information about working at the North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust in the document below or by visiting our website:

We would be delighted to discuss this opportunity with any interested candidates & informal visits are very welcomed. Please contact Dr Ann Kilanska (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) for further information on or 07977364339. Further information about the post can also be obtained from Melanie McNair (Quality Improvement Lead Older Adults Matron) on The current post holder Dr Jo Talbot is moving within the Trust & can also be contacted for an informal discussion on

Person specification Qualifications ESSENTIAL CRITERIA
  • 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 & neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies & lifespan developmental psychology.
  • HCPC registration as a clinical psychologist
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course & a range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.

Key Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Provides highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with highly complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation & integration of data from a variety of sources.
  • Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns & taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying & reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.
  • Undertakes risk assessment & risk management for individual clients & provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment & risk management.
  • Formulates plans for highly specialist psychological work &/or management of clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework & evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients &/or their carers.
  • Implements the use of highly skilled psychological formulations for individual clients, carers, staff, families & groups, adjusting & refining psychological formulations as required.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling)
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. Post-doctoral training in one or more
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. Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.

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
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust
Harplands Hospital

Stoke on Trent


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