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Clinical psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£41,659 to £54,619 a year Gross Per Annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you a skilled psychologist with a passion for working with young people? Do you believe in keeping young people and their families at the heart of everything you do? Would you like to work in a committed andpsychologically-minded multidisciplinary team and service line?We are looking to recruit a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, working full time in our Youth Mental Health Team which serves young people between the ages of 14 - 25 years

Main duties of the job

You will be a trained Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, registered with the HCPC, with clinical experience within this age group of young people who are experiencing significant distress and impaired functioning due totheir emotional health.You will be part of a skilled community team with a real ethos of care for the young people seen. We seek thorough understanding of the young people's needs through team review, multi-agency working and supervisionprocesses. Your role will complement and enhance the existing psychological resources and skills within the team, provided by psychology, systemic practitioner, nursing, social care, occupational health and medicalcolleagues. As well as direct work with young people and their support systems, you will contribute to team formulation, consultation, supervision and skill sharing.

About us

You will be supported through the Trust Management and Clinical Supervision structures, and from other psychology and multi-disciplinary colleagues. We endeavour to provide a learning environment to facilitate professional development and have ties with the UEA clinical psychology course

Job description
Job responsibilities

It is an exciting time to join the service. The Child, Families and Young People care group is coming together under a new leadership team. Psychology is represented at the highest level with a Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist as part of the leadership team, representing and ensuring the value of psychology within the service line at a strategic level. As with all CAMHS and Youth teams, we are undergoing transformation and development plans with other key agencies. We value multi-agency collaborative working and aspire to values from Future In Mind and CYP-IAPT, such as service user participation and ensuring appropriate and evidence based services for the young people we see.We would be pleased to be able to offer this post a preceptorship for suitably experienced candidates and would welcome applications from trainee psychologists who have recently qualified and would offer the post as a Band 7 preceptorship until the necessary experience and competences are met, upon which the post would move to an 8A.

Person Specification
  • Post-graduate degree (or its equivalent if trained prior to 1996) in clinical / forensic psychology, accredited by BPS
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Skilled in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.

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

  • Experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist (Band 7) and able to evidence appropriate knowledge and experience in practice to enable the post holder to clinically supervise trainee clinical psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety and severity of client groups & clinical problems, in various settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment.

  • Experience of representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).

  • 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.
  • Skills in consultation to professional and non - professional groups.

  • Doctor level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis.
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation within specialist clinical context.

  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention and assessment in specialist clinical settings and service user groups.

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

  • 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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