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Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Band 8c - Older Peoples Services

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£67,064 to £77,274 a year Gross per annum
Closing date
29 Jan 2023

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you ready for a change or a development in your career? Passionate about working with older adults? Ready to lead and shape a service?

We are seeking a Consultant Clinical Psychologist to lead and develop our older people's psychology and therapies service in East Suffolk, across community and inpatient services. Applications are encouraged from existing Consultants, and current 8b Psychologists who wish to develop their careers. There is a strong network of later life psychologists in the Trust, professional leadership from a Lead Psychologist, and opportunities to work closely with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in West Suffolk.

Our older people's service is proud of its commitment to continually strive to improve the quality of the care provided to service users and carers. There is a monthly later life Quality Meeting, a Trustwide Older People's Forum and opportunities to participate in research, service evaluation and QI projects. The community service is currently working towards Royal College of Psychiatry accreditation, with one team achieving this with commendations, including for the use of formulation. Current research is underway on co-production in recovery colleges by people with dementia.

You will be supported in this role and CPD relevant to the role will be available and encouraged, including leadership development and training.

Main duties of the job

At a time of great change, with the opportunities that brings, you will play a key role in shaping mental health services for older people by leading on the development of the range of psychological interventions for older adults as part of the local mental health transformation, including the Complex Emotional Needs and Psychosis pathways.

You will provide later life expertise to the governance and oversight of psychology services for older people in the acute service (Dementia Intensive Support Team, Crisis and Home Treatment Team and Mental Health Liaison). You will oversee the psychology provision in the community memory assessment service in East Suffolk.

You will lead a team of 2 8b clinical psychologists, 2 8a clinical psychologists,, an Assistant Psychologist, a CAT therapist, a trainee CBTp therapist, 3 Clinical Associate Psychologists and a Mental Health and Wellbeing Practitioner. There are excellent relationships with the DClinPsy course at the University of East Anglia, and regular placements are provided for trainees.

You will lead on developing and recruiting to psychology/therapy posts within the specialism.

You will provide 2 days of direct clinical work with the community team based in Stowmarket, and you will have access to specialist later life clinical supervision, including neuropsychology supervision.

This is an exciting opportunity to take on a key clinical leadership role in the Trust - please get in touch if you are ready for this challenge.

About us

East Suffolk is a beautiful part of East Anglia, home to stunning seaside towns such as Southwold. Surrounded by beautiful Suffolk countryside, Ipswich Is the county town of Suffolk, an area that has inspired great artists, thinkers and musicians for centuries. This market town offers award-winning restaurants, fantastic shopping, annual festivals, and stunning parks. With excellent transport links to connect you to Cambridge, London and beyond but with lower than the nation average house prices.


Benefits included with this role are:-
  • NHS pension
  • A comprehensive in house & external training programmes
  • Career progression
  • Starting annual leave of 27 days per annum increasing to 33 days pa based on length of service (plus paid bank holidays)
  • Staff physio service
  • NHS discounts and many more.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Here at NSFT we pride ourselves on being a welcoming, talented, friendly and supportive team who like nothing better than sharing their experiences and learning from each other.

To find out more please see our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

For more information about this opportunity please contact Ruth Mills, East Suffolk Psychology and Therapies Lead or Dr Elizabeth Stephens

Person Specification
  • Ability to travel independently

  • Training in clinical psychology at postgraduate doctoral level, as accredited by the BPS (British Psychological Society) or equivalent
  • Registration with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner Psychologist

  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of six years
  • Experience of working with service users within the designated specialty
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan

  • Experience of leading qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Supervising and training others to do research

  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
  • Leadership - the ability to lead people through service change
  • An interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services

  • Knowledge and skills to carry out complex multivariate statistical analyses, create and manipulate databases, produce presentational materials and scientific papers and books at publications standard, posters and power point presentations
  • Management and leadership skills

  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice in relation to service users in the designated specialty and mental health generally

  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups

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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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