Senior Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
Stoke on Trent
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 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 Acute Inpatient Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (8a or b 7 preceptorship for newly qualified applicants)at Harplands Hospital (opportunities for agile & flexible working)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent Psychologist or Senior Psychologist to work in our Acute & Urgent Care Directorate (A&UC) . The post will be based at Harplands Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent across two adult acute inpatient units- one mixed-sex ward & one male-only ward. Both wards hold AIMS-WA accreditation (Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services-Working-Age Adult Acute Wards) & will be undergoing a refurbishment in the near future to improve the therapeutic environments & to reduce bed occupancy.

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 flexible start & finish times.

The successful applicant will work alongside a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Senior Clinical Psychologist & two Assistant Psychologists based at the same location. Within the A&UC there are further posts available within Older People wards, Crisis Care & Mental Health Liaison. The service frequently offers placements to a number of Trainee Clinical Psychologists from Staffordshire University & the Psychology staff offer teaching on the course on the topics of Inpatient work & Compassion-Focused Therapy.

Main duties of the job

This role will encompass high quality direct work which will include psychological assessments, formulations, group work & brief therapeutic work. The role will also include indirect work & consultation to develop a more psychologically-informed understanding of patient presentations. Moreover, the post holder will inform intervention plans by being actively engaged in supervision, reflective practice sessions, CISM (critical incident stress management) support sessions, service development in addition to facilitating teaching & training.

This post will be supported through regular clinical supervision offered by the Consultant Psychologist & managerial supervision with the Ward Manager. There are opportunities to develop skills in leadership & consultation, as well as nurturing psychological mindedness within the team & embedding psychologically informed ways of working. There are a number of CPD opportunities available (internal training programme alongside a ring-fenced support for Psychology training) to enable you to further develop skills. 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 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.

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 band roles.

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

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

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 at or call 07977364339. Dr Luke Beardmore (Senior Psychologist on the neighbouring acute ward) can also be contacted for an informal discussion on

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:
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 Qualificaitons Essential
  • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist with Chartered Status
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 the full range of care settings.

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