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Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Band 8c-Working Age Adults-Suffolk

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

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Band 8C
Contract Type
Full Time
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Would you like to join a valued, and growing and strengthening, team of psychologists and therapists to play a key role in service transformation in East Suffolk?

Are you ready for the opportunity to lead and develop the psychological workforce across the community to deliver evidence-based interventions for adults of working age? We are looking for an experienced psychologist to work with the MDT to lead, shape and innovate.

Suffolk has a track record of progressive working across the Integrated Care System. This exciting role will provide clinical leadership for the development of psychological interventions within the secondary community mental health teams as well as support developments in primary care. You will develop and build good relationships with operational managers.

You will be well supported with supervision, access to leadership training, and you will be part of a Trust-wide supportive network of psychologists and therapists. You will have the opportunity to work together with the Consultant Psychologist for Adults in West Suffolk.

Main duties of the job

  • Provide 2 days direct clinical work to the Ipswich community team based at Mariner House in Ipswich
  • Provide clinical leadership to the psychology and therapy staff in the adult community pathway across East Suffolk
  • Oversee governance of the psychology and therapies service in the locality including management supervision, Appraisals and Job Planning
  • Lead in developing NICE recommended evidence-based interventions for a range of complex needs including Complex Emotional Needs/trauma, Psychosis/Bipolar and complex anxiety and depression.
  • Lead on workforce planning and development of staff to deliver appropriate psychological interventions
  • Provide clinical supervision to a range of staff as required
  • Provide training as required
  • Contribute to the Suffolk Clinical Governance process to improve clinical effectiveness, patient safety and impact of the service user/carer voice
  • Work across the Integrated Care System to collaboratively develop services in line with the Long-Term Plan

You will be joining the service at a time of great change, bringing opportunities to develop leadership and work collaboratively with others to develop safe and effective services to meet the needs of the local population. You will be supported, and leadership training and development opportunities are available.

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!

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.

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

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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