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Specialised Clinical Psychologist

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Louth, Skegness or Boston and hybrid working
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The East Community Mental Health Services are seeking enthusiastic Clinical Psychologists to join our Teams. Working within the CMHTs based in Louth, Skegness and Boston and supporting our new Integrated Place Based Teams in embedding psychological mindedness across the MDT, and clinically leading the transformation of the teams with your expertise.

The roles will be supported by the East Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Highly Specialised Clinical Psychologist. Lincolnshire has been an early implementer for community transformation. This an exciting time to join the organisation and work across a varied area of diverse needs, being key to the development of pathways and new ways of meeting the needs of our communities.

Psychology is embedded within the CMHTs and we are keen to promote the roles as central to the development of our teams through provision of high quality supervision, reflective practice and formulation sessions, as well as the provision of a range of psychological therapies.

We are able to offer flexible working, and through the use of technology hybrid working. We can support development opportunities in therapies that meet with your interests and the needs of the people in our locality, offering flexible options and opportunity to work across teams in the East for you to develop and utilise your particular skills. For further discussion on the clinical role please contact

Main duties of the job

The full job description and person specification are attached. The primary hopes for the role are to:

Support the embedding of psychologically minded assessment and interventions within our community mental health services across the East of the County. This will be through attendance at MDTs and provision of group supervision and reflective practice.

To support the team in developing psychologically informed formulation to build a trauma informed understanding of the people who access our services and determine the appropriate treatment pathways that meet their individual needs.

To provide clinical leadership for the team and enable the implementation of psychologically informed pathways of care and treatment.

To support a formulation based approach to risk assessment and management that enables considered decision making and responses to individual need.

To deliver a specialised psychological resource for adults with severe and enduring mental health problems.

To support coproduced service development within the teams and support research, audit and activities within your interests, expertise and the needs of the service.

To provide clinical supervision for CBT therapists, Trainee psychologists, assistant psychologists and support the development of new psychologically informed roles.

Newly qualified applicants will be considered for a developmental Band 7 to 8a role over a defined period with a supportive plan action plan, increased supervision and development.

About us

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health services and a number of learning disability, autism and social care services in the county of Lincolnshire. Employing around 2,800 staff, and serving a population of over 766,000, our people lie at the heart of everything we do.

You could be part of a Trust rated by staff as one of the best mental health and learning disability trusts in England, in an area heralded as a fantastic place to live and work. We firmly believe the key to high quality care is a contented workforce. This is reflected in our Care Quality Commission rating of 'outstanding' for well-led and 'good' overall. In the most recent National NHS Staff Survey, our staff rated us as the number one trust nationally for staff morale and one of the top scoring NHS Trusts in the Midlands for being compassionate and inclusive. We're really proud of this!

We are also leading the way in transforming care, with multi-million-pound transformation of patient environments and radical redesign of community services.

This is the time to join and help redesign our services of the future. We offer options for flexible working and provide a wide range of training and promotion opportunities in all professions. We support and celebrate diversity, have active staff networks groups and are always looking at what more we can do to support our staff.

Job description Job responsibilities


To manage a caseload of patients within the Boston or Skegess Integrated Community Mental Health Teams. To meet appropriate standards of practice in the quality and timeliness of the service provided. The standards of practice will include meeting the standards defined by the HCPC British Psychological Society (including the Division of Clinical Psychology) and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

To formulate and implement plans for the psychological treatment and/or management of patients mental health and the presenting problem(s), based upon the appropriate theoretical and conceptual framework of the patients problems, via the employment of methods based upon evidence based practice and efficacy.

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for patients, carers, families and groups. Adjusting and refining psychological formulations and drawing upon a range of theoretical perspectives and different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To provide the psychological components of multidisciplinary work, and to lead such interventions when the major components are psychological.

To provide consultation and advice to relevant significant others (such as partners and carers) in order to improve the psychological health of clients of the service.

To provide consultation and advice and (where appropriate) clinical supervision to other professionals and agencies that provide services to adults with mental health difficulties.

To keep adequate clinical records in accordance with the Division of Clinical Psychology guidance, and local trust policies and procedures.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual patient and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management, in line with local trust policies and procedures.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under the care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of multi-disciplinary care.

Professional leadership

To provide clinical supervision and support to psychologists working in the service.

To sit on relevant committees/projects/working groups of the Trust as required.

To represent the Boston or SkegnessIntegrated Community Mental Health Teams in relationships with other agencies and care providers, and to provide advice and leadership in respect of psychological aspects of the needs of adults with mental health difficulties.

Teaching and training

To support the Continuing Professional Development of more junior psychologists working in the service.

To provide educational inputs to other professionals and to the staff of other agencies as required in the interests of adults with mental health difficulties.

To disseminate clinical expertise within either the Boston or Skegness Integrated Community Mental Health Teamsin working with clients who can present with challenging difficulties and high levels of distress.

To provide clinical placements for Trainee Clinical Psychologists.

Research and service development

To use published research and information on good practice regularly to keep practice in the Service up-to-date.

To contribute to the development of new areas of expertise and of new practices in the Boston or SkegnessIntegrated Community Mental Health Teams as required.

To identify needs for service development in East CCG and to plan and initiate such service development with support from senior colleagues.


To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the services operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

To manage the workloads of Assistant, Trainee Clinical Psychologists and junior colleagues, within the framework of the services policies and procedures.

To be involved, as appropriate, in the short-listing and interviewing of Assistant / graduate psychologists / qualified psychologists / other staff.

To participate as a senior clinician in the development of the service including advising management on those aspects of the service where psychological or organisational matters need addressing.

To implement and maintain the Trusts policies and procedures.

Clinical Governance

To implement and maintain the principles of Clinical Governance.

To implement and maintain good information governance in respect of HCPC British Psychological Societys and Department of Healths codes and guidance on the proper management of client information, the Caldicott principles and the Data Protection Act.

To engage in on-going personal professional development.

To abide by the British Psychological Societys Code of Professional Conduct and to follow guidance issued by the Division of Clinical Psychology and by the Department of Health and HCPC.


To keep all records up-to-date.

To collect data on referrals, caseloads and activities and submit these as required by the Trust.

To take due care of the Trusts equipment and resources.


To ensure the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards and practice, through the active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.

To ensure the development and articulation of best practice in psychology within the service area and contribute across the service by exercising the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.

To maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Honours degree in Psychology.
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and life-span developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registered with HCPC
  • Further training in evidence based psychological interventions
  • Completed STAR supervisor training
Experience Essential
  • Experience working with adults who access a psychological service, including those with trauma histories and those with psychosis.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and with a range presenting problems from chronic common mental health difficulties to severe mental health problems such as psychosis.
  • Experience of maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of delivering teaching and training. Experience of supervising professionals who provide psychological interventions to adults
  • Experience of working in a community mental health team/other multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working indirectly/from a consultation model

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