Senior Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year pro rata, per annum
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Outstanding - Our journey continues

We are recruiting a Senior Clinical Psychologist

In North Staffs CAMHS we are looking to expand our psychology provision, and are seeking to appoint an experienced and enthusiastic Band 8a Senior Clinical Psychologist to work in our friendly and supportive team. The post will require an experienced psychologist with excellent clinical skills who can work collaboratively with colleagues. The North Staffs CAMHS team is a well-established multi-disciplinary team that works with children and young people aged 0 - 18 years. There are professionals from a range of backgrounds in the team, including psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work and CBT therapists. The team is one of three community CAMHS teams in the region. A number of members of staff have completed specialist therapy training in a range of psychological therapies, including EMDR, Theraplay and Compassion-Focused Therapy, and there are opportunities available for further training.

Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city in England. It is made up of six distinct towns - affectionately known as THE POTTERIES. It has excellent commuter links but benefits from being within easy reach of beautiful countryside.

There is more information available about our Trust psychology strategy available at

Main duties of the job

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to clients with highly complex and contentious mental health conditions or learning disabilities which include challenging behaviours and possible risk of physical aggression.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To provide clinical supervision and training to less experienced colleagues within the designated psychology service and to other members of the multidisciplinary team.

To undertake formal research as a major part of the job and act as field supervisor to doctorate trainees.

To be proactive in continual service improvement within own area.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental ill health or learning disabilities.

To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust.

About us

Our Trust is on an incredible journey of innovation and we'd like you to be part of it.

Our vision is 'To be Outstanding in all we do and how we do it.' Our teams pride themselves on compassion, team work and resilience. The Trust supports you by offering a flexible shift system including twilight shifts and compressed hours to support working families and our staff parking is free on all our main sites.

As an employee and representative of the Trust, you are required to demonstrate and uphold the Trust's Values. These are:

Proud to CARE:


Caring with compassion, it's about how we listen, what we say, what we do.


Friendly, welcoming, sharing ideas and being open


Taking personal and collective responsibility, being accountable for our actions


Striving for the best, for high-quality safe care and continually improving

Job description Job responsibilities

Provides highly specialist psychological assessment of clients with highly complex and contentious conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources.

Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides highly specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management and the high physical risks inherent in the client group.

Formulates plans for highly specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients mental health conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Must have experience of Working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings.
Knowledge Essential
  • doctoral level knowledge of evidence- based practice relevant to the role

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