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Clinical Psychologist

Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year gross per annum
Closing date
6 Feb 2023

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

Are you a Psychologist with a passion for working with young people and their families? Do you believe in keeping young people and their families at the heart of everything you do? Would you like to work in a committed and psychologically-minded multidisciplinary team and service line? Would you like an opportunity for clinical leadership and service development?

We have an exciting opportunity for a Full time Principal Clinical/Psychologist in the East Suffolk Children and Families teams (CAMHS), with a clinical base at Walker Close, Ipswich. The post is permanent and for 37.5 hours a week. We would be pleased to take applications from experienced 8a psychologists wanting the next step in their career or from current 8b psychologists within the specialty or with transferable skills and experience.

We have close links with UEA and take Trainee Clinical Psychologists on placement. There is an opportunity to work as a regional tutor at UEA as part of this role. Do let us know if this is something that you would be interested in.

Our team prides itself on highly skilled practitioners. We learn, develop and work together to ensure the young person and their family/carers receive a tailored package of care based on good assessment and formulation. Our team currently works with young people aged 0-16 years (changing to 0-18 years in the future). We are a secondary mental health service.

You will be a trained Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, registered with the HCPC.

Main duties of the job

You will complement and enhance the existing psychological resources and skills within the team and work alongside and support MDT colleagues. The team works with young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties and their families and carers, formulated with biopsychosocial models and appreciative of systems and context. As well as direct clinical work, you will contribute to team formulation, consultation, supervision, and skill sharing.

We are continually striving to improve practice in line with evidence base as well as using creative innovative ideas. The postholder will be expected to take a clinical leadership role within the team alongside the Consultant Psychiatrist, and work closely with the Team Manager, making up a senior leadership team within the team. Leadership will include service and team development in line with internal and external transformation, as well as in response to your assessment of need for the team and service users. You will be supervised by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist who works across this team and others. You will also be supported through the Trust Management structures, multi-disciplinary colleagues, and other Principal Psychologists across the Care Group. We aim to provide helpful and reflective spaces to support you and your role, and endeavour to provide a learning environment to facilitate professional development.

About us

NSFT is engaged in a process of significant and exciting change with a new Suffolk-wide care group for Children, Young People and Families, within which this team sits. Recent CQC inspection has shown improvements in the services which we plan to build on as we transform the Suffolk CFYP Services.

We have a new leadership structure and are engaged with internal and external transformation, and psychology is represented at the highest level within this. NSFT in collaboration with alliance partners are striving to deliver a truly biopsychosocial approach within the 'Thrive' framework. This will require significant system changes across Suffolk to move towards a whole system approach and to improve care for our young people and their experience of services.

We believe in our Trust values of together, positively and respectfully with regards to our service users, as well our colleagues

The Child and Family Team East is a core secondary community mental health team. The team works alongside other teams such as Connect (Looked after children), Wellbeing, Schools, ADHD, LD CAMHS, Eating Disorders, Youth and Crisis.

There is a lot of development within the service line, with a focus on outcome measures, people participation, improving assessment, formulation and care planning, building better links with voluntary agencies and other stakeholders, for example.

Job description
Job responsibilities

This post attracts a recruitment premium of £3000 for external staff only. 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.

For full a full list of responsibilities and requirements, please see attached job description.

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Person Specification
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology, or its equivalent, including eligibility for chartered status with the BPS
  • Registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Further post-qualification, post-graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Evidence of CPD in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

  • Specialist complex psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity
  • Extensive experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist and evidence of specialist knowledge gained through practice and ongoing training
  • Application of Working in the relevant service to support specialist knowledge Representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts). Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post. Application Form / Interview / References Page | 9 Generic 2016 psychology in different cultural contexts

  • CAMHS experience
  • Representing psychology within MDT setting (clinical and organisational contexts).

  • Use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Assessment, evaluation and management of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively complex, highly technical and clinically highly sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS

  • High level knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of psychological therapies

  • Practitioner level knowledge of at least two models of psychological therapy
  • Legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems

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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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