Principal Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are pleased to be able to advertise a permanent Principal Practitioner (Clinical/ Health/ Counselling) Psychologist post in our Adult Critical Care Unit (ACCU) based at the UHNM acute hospital. The ACCU is undergoing significant expansion of MDT rehabilitation across the care pathway, to include In-patients, ward follow up, and a prospective out-patient clinic. The expansion includes the provision of psychology for patients, staff wellbeing and support for families/ carers.

Funding has been approved for an 8c, 8b, 8a and 2 band 4 assistant psychologists. We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Principal Psychologist, to support the innovation and development of psychological services across the care pathway, to contribute to the development of staff wellbeing services and also family support. You will be joining a highly motivated and specialist MDT rehabilitation department, and will be supported by clinical leads from North Staffordshire Combined Health Care Trust & UHNM.

The preferred candidate will have experience of leading a service and a demonstrable interest in working with adults with physical health problems, and working with an MDT, preferably in an Acute healthcare setting. There will be an expectation to work from site, and at least one day per week working from home.

Main duties of the job

An emphasis with be on the clinical assessment and treatment of patients at high risk of psychological distress and difficulties as a consequence of the incident that brought them into ITU services and their experiences whilst receiving these services.

The post holder will be responsible, with the support of the strategic and clinical lead and Consultant Psychologist within critical care and health psychology (NSCHCT), for providing highly skilled psychology services in the specialist areas of critical care at UHNM, including:
  • ACCU Inpatients
  • Follow up on the wards at UHNM
  • Out-patient clinic for community follow-up
  • Staff-wellbeing
  • Family/ carer support

About us

Outstanding- our journey continues

We're proud to be only one of two specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated Outstanding by the CQC.

The Health Psychology service fulfills a number of service level agreements and contracts for the local CCG and Acute Trust. You will have the opportunity to liaise with senior leaders across the MDT to assess and review the effectiveness of service provision. Clinical Psychology services are valued within the physical health services and it is an exciting time of growth and development for psychological services. You will have ample opportunity to contribute to shaping these services.

We will consider job-share / part-time working and flexible working. This role will include working from home and at least one day per week based on site in Stoke on Trent

Job description Job responsibilities


  • To implement a range of psychological interventions, both therapeutic and psycho-educational, for patients
  • To provide clinical leadership to junior psychologists working in ACCU to ensure the provision of a high quality psychological assessment, formulation and interventions to patients with complex co-morbid physical and mental health conditions as a result of being in intensive care.
  • The service aims to support patients and their families presenting with difficulties, such as: depression, anxiety, trauma, delirium, pain, delayed respiratory wean and other psychological issues whether as a consequence of the event that led to the need for intensive care or the care process itself.
  • To make onward referrals to appropriate teams within UHNM e.g. major trauma pathway, Mental Health Liaison, Drug & alcohol liaison services.
  • To work collaboratively with the ACCU MDT design and deliver appropriate psychological provision as part of the MDT rehabilitation agenda and projects.
  • Responsible for the highly specialist psychological assessment and care-planning of clients with highly complex and contentious comorbid physical and mental health conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and 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 and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.
  • Undertakes complex risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides highly specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management and the high physical risks inherent in the client group.
  • Formulates plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of care plans with the MDT, patients and/or their carers.
  • Undertakes highly skilled evaluations and assessments, formulates care plans and makes decisions about treatment options including supporting other clinical staff to create appropriate care plans and decision making where referral on is appropriate, including liaising with other services to ensure timely handover.
  • Provides highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other staff including external to the teams contributing directly to clients diagnosis, formulation and intervention plan.
  • Leads decision-making by planning and mapping processes/interventions with members of the team to determine the most appropriate treatment modality or service for clients including allocation of casework to therapists and care planning via line management of staff.
  • Meet frequently with and develop community referral pathways within the local area, including IAPT/ clinical health psychology, CMHT - to ensure a smooth and client-centred pathway for service users to receive intervention from the appropriate level of staff.
  • To provide expert consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff within and outside of the Trust as required.


    It is well known that ITU staff experience higher than average levels of trauma and anxiety compared with other health colleagues, resulting in distress, sickness, and difficulties remaining within the specialism. The post holder will contribute to the design and delivery of a specialist staff wellbeing service for ITU MDT staff. In addition, there is also increasing awareness of Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS). Therefore this role will aim to reduce the incidence of PICS in ITU patients across the pathway.

    Please see the full JD and person specification for this role for more detailed information.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical (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.
    • HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist
    • Registration with BPS
    Experience Essential
    • Must have substantial experience of: Working as a qualified applied psychologist
    • Previous experience of working within an acute hospital care setting
    knowledge and skills Essential
    • Doctoral level knowledge of: Evidence- based practice relevant to the role
    • Highly developed knowledge and skills in the care of difficult to treat groups e.g. dual diagnoses, additional disabilities or severely challenging behaviour

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