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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist with £3,000 welcome bonus

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Job Details

The Waveney Learning Disabilities Service welcomes applications from registered practitioner psychologists to join our dedicated and welcoming team. You will provide psychological input to adults with learning disabilities and their carers. We utilise a community team based structure, working alongside a range of disciplines and partner agencies to provide a flexible and responsive service. You will also have opportunities for developing specialist interests in the field of learning disabilities. Services are delivered across the community catchment area and travel will be expected, alongside significant use of new ways of working which will include a mix of in-person and online interaction.

You will be based in Oulton, near Lowestoft, the location offers the lifestyle benefits of the beautiful Suffolk coast and Broads National Park.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide specialist psychological assessment, therapy and consultation relating to adults with learning disabilities. The duties also include supporting psychologically informed interventions provided by other members of the team. The role may involve providing education and training in psychological perspectives to colleagues in the team and, where relevant, to carers and staff in other agencies. The post outline also includes the supervision of trainee and assistant psychologists. The team has strong links with the University of East Anglia.

There may be opportunities to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service research projects within the area covered by the team.

About us

Within the Waveney Learning Disabilities Service there is a strong team of experienced clinicians who have a range of specialist interests and expertise. Peer and individual supervision are provided and CPD is highly valued.

The post holder will be part of the Community Learning Disability (LD) Service for the Great Yarmouth and Waveney (GY&W) Care Group - providing services in the Waveney (North Suffolk) part of this locality. A Consultant Psychologist leads the psychology input in the LD service.

We are happy to discuss your training and development needs going forward.

Job description
Job responsibilities


Provision of specialist clinical/counselling psychology assessment of individuals , carers and families referred to the Service, using and interpreting complex psychological data from a variety of sources, e.g. neuropsychological and psychometric assessments, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews, offence analysis.

Formulation and implementation of formal psychological treatment and/or management plans, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the service users problems. Responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for patients and, where appropriate, carers and families. To make highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of people whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard careplans under the care of this post holder. To ensure appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.

To provide specialist clinical/counselling psychology expertise, knowledge, advice, guidance and consultation to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the LD clinical team.

Further details can be found in the attached job description.

Person Specification
  • Experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist (Band 7) and able to evidence appropriate knowledge and experience in practice to enable the post
  • Experience of working with a wide variety and severity of client groups & clinical problems, in various settings, including maintaining a high degree of
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment.
  • Experience of supervision and teaching.

  • Experience of representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).
  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post.

  • Post-graduate degree (or its equivalent if trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, accredited by BPS
  • Ongoing further specialist training/accredited short courses
  • Supervisor training, to be a supervisor of doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees or willing to undertake training
  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health and CareProfessions Council

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Theory and practice of specialised psychological interventions (assessment and / or therapiest)

  • Doctorate level knowledge of psychological assessment, treatment and research methodology
  • Knowledge of mental health and other relevant legislation within specialist clinical context
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by BPS and HCPC

  • Knowlege base to include new and developing assessment and treatment methods for the clinical group.
  • Extensive familiarity with psychometric assessment tools and screening measures in the clinical area.

  • 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.

  • Ability to travel independently
  • Able to identify, provide and promote appropriate support strategies to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.

  • Experience of providing specific support intervention and strategy for staff.

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Priscilla N&S

“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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