Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (inc. £2k welcome incentive)

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
31 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are seeking full or part time Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologists (preceptorships encouraged) to join our 'Outstanding' community Children's and Young People's Specialist services. You would be involved in shaping psychological provision within our Learning Disability Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (Starfish) and/or Neurodevelopmental Service (NDS).

Roles are available within either team or, if of interest, as a split post across both teams. Posts are available across Norfolk; including Kings Lynn, Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Bases are negotiable and flexible working is supported and includes agile/home working where relevant.

The NDS offers diagnostic assessment and a range of post diagnostic workshops to support the lives of children and young people who have suspected Neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The Starfish Team offers assessment and intervention for young people of school age (4-18 years) with a diagnosed learning disability who are experiencing significant behavioural and/or mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

Your role will be varied and will include a range of assessment, formulation, and intervention. This will include direct and indirect work with the children and young people that we support, as well as their families and the professional networks involved in their care.

Your role will include bringing a psychologically informed perspective through consultation to the clinical team and external agencies. There will be opportunities to contribute to the supervision, teaching and training of psychological practitioners and other professionals within the team.

You will utilise your research skills for audit, policy and service development, and dissemination of appropriate research evidence. Further involvement in research can also be supported where appropriate to the needs of the service.

Our supportive teams value innovation, foster development and are committed to improving the lives of the children and young people we work with. There will be the opportunity to liaise with other Psychologists working within the Trust. The Psychology Team within NCH&C offers excellent opportunities for CPD, research and teaching as well as close links with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of East Anglia.

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an 'Outstanding' rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

We aim to attract and retain a diverse, talented and committed workforce, who are caring and compassionate, and therefore able to meet the demands of the modern NHS now and in the future. In return we can offer a dynamic working environment in which to build a career.

This post is being offered with a welcome incentive package that includes payment of up to £2,000 for the successful candidate, subject to terms and conditions.For more information on this incentive, please contact the recruiting manager whose details are listed on this page.

We would love to hear from candidates who have a passion for working with children and young people with Learning Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. We strongly encourage informal visits and discussion prior to application and have allocated slots for prospective applicants to book into in order to discuss the roles and answer any questions. Please contact Cherie Clayton (01603 272463) to book into one of the available slots.

Clinical Contacts:

NDS: Dr Stephanie Summers, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead,, 01553 668712

Starfish: Dr Lorna Christoforou-Hazelwood, Clinical Psychologist,, 01603 272319

Job description Job responsibilities

  • Participation in the assessment, formulation and intervention for children and young people within either service.
  • The communication of highly complex information to, parents/carers, young people and other professionals in a sensitive manner.
  • To act as a lead specialist, offering psychological advice and consultation to parents/carers, young people and other professionals.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the teams.
  • The post-holder will organise and deliver teaching and training to professionals, young people and parents/carers on issues related to child development and appropriate psychological interventions.
  • The post-holder will be expected to plan their workload, including prioritising cases in terms of urgency and risk, as well as monitoring/supervising the caseload of psychological practitioners.
  • The post-holder will be required to travel between a range of appointment venues across the county of Norfolk.

Please see attached job descriptions and person specifications for full details regarding each service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree in Psychology
  • Graduate membership of BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration or application to register with Health and Care Professions Council
  • Other related academic qualifications to Masters or Doctorate level.
  • Application for Chartered status made to British Psychological Society
Experience Essential
  • Working with client group either during or prior to training
  • Further training within designated specialty
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainees.
  • Record of having published in peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.
Skills, Abilities & Knowledge Essential
  • High level (doctoral) skills in: communication; teaching; clinical supervision; clinical analysis and formulation and research methodology
  • An identified area of specialist knowledge within designated specialty
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and implications for clinical practice.
  • Ability to manage own work timetable.
  • Ability to participate in supervision.
  • Ability to resolve difficult interpersonal situations.
  • Ability to manage stress generated by work/work environment
  • Specialised training/knowledge
  • Advanced keyboard skills
Personal Attributes / Behaviours Essential
  • Works to professional guidelines
  • Accountable for own professional actions
  • Must work within professional ethics and NCH&C's policies
  • Highly motivated with respect to developing clinical and academic skills.
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
Other Essential
  • Able to make own travelling arrangements
  • Able to speak English Language

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