Practitioner Psychologist - Band 8a with £3K Welcome Bonus

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year gross per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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Job Details

Are you ready for a diverse, well supported post in a great location? Would you like to inspire and be inspired by others who share a common passion and commitment to working alongside and advocating for older people? Then this is the post for you. You will work as part of the older persons multidisciplinary community team based in Stowmarket, east Suffolk. Medical colleagues are supportive and welcoming of psychological ways of working. Connections/joint working with psychologists and psychological practitioners across the older adult pathway are frequent and grounded in compassionate and supportive professional relationships.

The service provides support to individuals who are struggling to thrive due to a mental health difficulty and/or a dementia. The MDT strives to understand the person within the context of their informal/formal support networks and psychological interventions are tailored accordingly.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an 8a Psychologist (band 7 preceptorship applications welcome) to join the service at an exciting time of service transformation. Psychology is well integrated, respected and valued and there are ample opportunities to develop direct clinical skills alongside consultation and MDT working. There will be opportunities to influence the transformation of services and contribution to service related projects/interests will be strongly encouraged.

Main duties of the job

We are developing a preceptorship programme and have 2 newly qualified Clinical Psychologists in our Older People's services in Suffolk. Links with CAPs and D Clin Psy courses at UEA are strong and we are keen to support joint posts (get in touch to discuss your interests).

The service is working towards Royal College of Psychiatrists Accreditation and we are proud of our commitment to delivering the highest quality of care to our service users and carers.

As an integral part of the MDT, you will offer formulation, consultation, supervision and training, as well as direct work with older people with a range of mental health difficulties and dementia, and their families and carers.

You will undertake psychological assessment, including neuropsychological, to inform formulation and intervention, you will offer and develop a range of interventions, including direct therapy, interventions with people with dementia and distressed behaviour and interventions as part of the Trusts personality and complex needs strategy.

You will be part of a team of psychologists and arts/psychological therapists working with older people in East Suffolk, including principal psychologists in the community and memory service, a CAT therapist, an Art Therapist, a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist in the acute service and 2 Clinical Associate Psychologists.

About us

You will have access to specialist later life clinical supervision, including neuropsychology supervision. You will be managed by a senior Psychologist and have access to the good links across the Trust with Older Adults Psychology colleagues.

Your CPD will be supported and you will be encouraged to access relevant training, according to your interests and service need.

The service line has had feedback from service users and carers about being a very skilled, kind and compassionate team. It has a very strong focus on working together. QI projects are encouraged and one currently underway has a psychological focus, looking at the impact on formulation on the discharge process.

There are very close relationships with the University of East Anglia and we provide core older adults and specialist third year placements. There are also excellent links with NSFTs strong research department and research opportunities are available and would be supported. Our 'Living Well with Dementia' programme was a 'Research and Evidence Impact' finalist in the recent Staff Excellence Awards.

We would welcome informal discussions.

Benefits included with these roles 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.

Please find attached our Job Description and Person Specification for more detail on your Key Accountabilities, then if you feel you have what it takes to make a difference in your local communities, click APPLY!

Interview dates are yet to be set; you will be contacted via email and invited to book a time. These emails may go to your SPAM, so please keep checking all your emails if applying.

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** This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3,000. This is a one-off payment with half paid on appointment and half paid after the completion of a satisfactory probation period (6 months). The premium is taxable. Please note that should you leave employment, or choose to move to an alternative post within the Trust that does not attract this recruitment premium, you will be required to reimburse all or some it, as follows: 100% of the value of the premium in the first 12 months; 50% of the value of the premium in the period 12 months to 2 years following appointment. **

Person Specification
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling/Fo rensic psychology (or its equivalent if trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, accredited by the BPS
  • Ongoing further specialist training/accredited short courses
  • 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 therapiest

  • 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 supervision and teaching.
  • Experience of working with a range of complex and challenging behaviours and exercising full clinical responsibility for psychological treatment

  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post.

  • 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 creating and delivering presentations and training programmes.
  • Skills in training and supervision.

  • 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

  • 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

Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.



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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