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Applied Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are delighted to be recruiting to these new Applied Psychology posts within the North Yorkshire and York Perinatal Community Mental Health Team. The post will allow the successful candidates the opportunity of working in a compassionate, trauma informed multi-disciplinary teamwith women accessing secondary mental health services during pregnancy/in the first year after they have had their baby.We aim to provide a service which holds the parent, infant and the parent infant relationship in mind.

0.8 FTE Northallerton, Harrogate and Richmond (and surrounding areas)

1.0 FTE York, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale (and surrounding areas).

Main duties of the job

Working alongside our Highly Specialist Applied Psychologists, the successful candidates will complete service and psychology assessments, contribute to formulation and care planning and deliver psychological therapy including group work.There may also be opportunities for audit andservice evaluations. You will have access to CPD within the specialty.

The successful candidate will be a Registered Practitioner Psychologist with the HCPC. You will also be able to demonstrate emotional resilience and a capacity to maintain a compassionate approach even in stressful situations. Knowledge of child development, infant mental health and attachment theory is desirable. Experience of delivering compassion focused and emotion regulation interventions is desirable.

The team is split into two cells covering Northallerton, Harrogate and Richmond (and surrounding areas) and York, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale (and surrounding areas). There is one post available in each cell. Due to the nature of the role it is essential that applicants are able to travel independently across the locality 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

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust 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.

The Trust is committed to providing support and supervision for continuing professional development and we have an excellent track record for developing our psychology workforce. We enjoy close linkswith the Leeds, Hull and Teesside Clinical Psychologyand the York St John Counselling Psychology programmes. We offer placements to trainee Clinical and Counselling Psychologists.

Psychologists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

Job description Job responsibilities

A detailed job description and person specification outlining the main responsibilities of the role has been provided.

Additional contact details

Dr Estelle Verdi Highly Specialist Applied

Dr Mercedez Coleman, Highly Specialist Applied Psychologist

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
  • Trained in clinical supervision (within agreed timescale)
  • Trained in care co-ordination (within agreed timescale)
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Post-graduate qualification showing evidence of supervised practice in an evidence-based psychological therapeutic model
  • Registration with BPS
Experience Essential
  • Working with mental health/learning disability clients (depending on designated service area)
  • Multi-disciplinary team working
  • Doctoral level knowledge of evidence based practice relevant to the role
  • Doctoral level knowledge of risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Audit and research methodology
  • Experience of CBT, DBT, Psychodynamics, systematic therapy
  • Experience of research and audit
Skills Essential
  • Communicate complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence base for interventions in mental health for clients with communication difficulties / learning disabilities.
  • Provide (within agreed timescale) effective teaching, training and clinical supervision
  • Work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertake care co-ordination/lead practitioner responsibilities
  • Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems
  • Identify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.
Personal Attributes Essential
  • Able to engage with vulnerable people and work effectively in highly distressing and challenging circumstances
  • Respects and has awareness of the advantages of joint working with other experienced professionals in a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Able to work flexibly and co-operatively as part of a team
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Self aware and committed to professional and personal development. Able to accept and respond positively to feedback from supervision

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