Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Are you looking for an opportunity to work with children and young people, and their families?

Do you have a passion and enthusiasm for supporting young people to improve their mental health and reach their potential?

Has the pandemic made you re-evaluate what's important and made you think about where you want to work?

Covid has had a huge impact on the lives of young people in this country. Referral rates to CAMHS are rising, compared to before the pandemic. There is much work to be done and we need clinicians who want to make a positive difference to the lives of young people.

We are looking to recruit a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to Lancaster and Morecambe CAMHS / Children's Psychological Service (CPS). We are a part of Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust.

Our Area

The north of Lancashire is a beautiful, and often overlooked, part of the country. There is easy access to the countryside and the coast; the Forest of Bowland and the Lake District are both within easy driving distance. You could leave the office and be at the shore of Lake Windermere in 45 minutes. There are direct trains from Lancaster to Manchester 60 mins); Glasgow (2hrs 10mins); and London (2 hrs 35mins).

There is a clinical psychology doctoral training course based at Lancaster University which means we benefit from having local trainee clinical psychologists on placement with us.

Main duties of the job

Despite Lancaster being a small city it is home to two universities; two theatres; a active music scene, a large city park; many restaurants and several independent coffee shops.

Our Community

We are lucky to have a number of community resources for children and adolescents in this area, with dedicated professionals and volunteers working to offer young people a chance to thrive. Direct mental health work with young people is only one part of a bigger picture of their recovery. We work with young people, and their parents / carers, to ensure that they are linked in to other opportunities within their local community.

Our Team

We are a supportive CAMHS / CPS team comprising psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, senior CAMHS practitioners, CAMHS practitioners, CBT therapist, senior Art psychotherapist, family therapist, DBT therapist, assistant practitioners, parenting practitioner, and primary mental health workers. There is a separate ADHD service, co-located in the main CAMHS building.

Therapies currently offered by clinicians within the team include: CBT; family therapy; Art therapy; VIG; DBT; IPT-A; Incredible Years Parenting Programme; EMDR.

Supervision will be offered by an experienced clinical psychologist. There is the opportunity to receive therapy-specific supervision, where needed. The Trust has a group for newly qualified clinical psychologists, which meets regularly.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role

Person Specification Education Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical)
Knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Knowledge of child protection and accompanying policies/procedures and the implementation of these clinically.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to children, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both inside and outside the NHS.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children, young people and their families across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with children, young people, carers and families presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity.
  • Experience of working systemically with family and carer groups and establishing the most effective methods of working with children, young people and their carers.

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
Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
Ross Centre



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