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Clinical Psychologist/Experienced Therapist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year Gross per annum
Closing date
31 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Are you a Clinical Psychologist with a passion to support vulnerable Young People in Norfolk to create meaningful change?

If you are, we have an exciting opportunity within our Compass Schools provision and are pleased to offer a permanent role based predominantly at our Pott Row School near Kings Lynn.

Main duties of the job

Based in Norfolk, the Compass Schools provide therapeutic education provision to children and young people in partnership with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Unity Trust. Compass Belton is a long-term specialist education and mental health provision combined school, catering for up to 25 young people ranging from Key Stage 1 to the end of Key Stage 3. All of our pupils have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) with a primary need of Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. The Compass Schools provide a range of therapeutic services for these vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Applications are welcomed for those wishing to be considered on a full-time, part-time, annualised hours or term time only basis, although the minimum need is for the person to be available in school for 4 days per week during term time.

All candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and reference checks.

Although the post will be primarily based at the Compass Site at Belton, there will be times when the need to travel independently to the other school sites and elsewhere in Norfolk will be required.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity and would like more information please contact Dr Amie Curtis (Principal Clinical Psychologist) m. 07789874750

About us

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.


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

Relocation packages.

Job description
Job responsibilities

Working as part of a vibrant and enthusiastic therapy department, expectations include managing a clinical caseload, providing individual and group interventions, to co-facilitate staff reflective practice sessions, deliver training, provide supervision and undertake research. The role offers the opportunity to be part of an environment that has a strong emphasis on Teamwork, access to training resources and the opportunity to deliver longer-term therapy.

Person Specification
  • 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 supervision and teaching

  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post
  • 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
  • Skills in training and supervision
  • Skills in creating and delivering presentations and training programmes.
  • Skills in neuropsychological assessment

  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Post-graduate degree (or its equivalent if trained prior to 1996) in clinical psychology, accredited by BPS
  • Supervisor training, to be a supervisor of doctoral programme clinical psychology trainees or willing to undertake training

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

  • 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.

  • 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

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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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