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Clinical Psychologist

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  • Sector:

    Allied Health Professionals

  • Contact:

    Lisa Thomas

  • Salary:

    £30000 - £56000 per annum + + Benefits Package

  • Job type:

    Permanent - full time

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  • Published:

    25 days ago

Clinical Psychologist

Location: Stevenage
Salary: Up to GBP56,000 per annum (depending on experience)
Hours: Full Time

Are you an outstanding Senior Psychologist with a passion for delivering high quality care?

About Us:

Our client has been providing a national network of specialist mental health services for more than 30 years you'll have the chance to progress your career as part of a dynamic, supportive team.

You'll have the chance to progress your career in a dynamic, supportive team.

Summary of Role: To provide a specialised psychology service to service users and the MDT.

This will include:

  • Specialist psychological assessments and therapy
  • Offering advice and consultation on service users psychological care to non-psychology colleagues and to other professional carers.
  • Working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Departments policies and procedures.
  • Using research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the areas served by the Department.

Your role responsibilities:

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users admitted to Cygnet Hospital based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with service users , family members , outside agency ; and others involved in the service user's care.
  • To formulate and implement care plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a service user's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of their problems, and employing therapeutic methods based on evidence.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions, individually and in group settings, adjusting and refining psychological formulations while drawing upon different theoretical models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual.
  • To demonstrate outcome of treatment using appropriate outcome measures and to be able to adapt treatment according to service user's mental state and motivational level in order to optimise outcomes within the framework of the department's agreed treatment protocols.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment and treatment of service users whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to service users' formulation and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual service users and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management. To ensure that all risk assessments are completed within the required timeframes.
  • To provide a CPA report for each service user in their designated ward area within the agreed framework and timescales of the psychology department.
  • To ensure implementation of best practice guidelines, NICE guidelines and Department of Health guidance for psychological services for serious mental illness and personality disorders
  • To provide specific assessments of service users prior to admission and be proactively involved in the pre-admission process.

Teaching, training and supervision:

  • To receive and attend regular clinical professional supervision from the Head of Psychology/Consultant or Principal Psychologist to review caseload and clinical cases.
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision in accordance to Department needs and as identified at Appraisal review process
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision to assistant psychologists; and trainee clinical/forensic psychologists.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group, where appropriate and in line with existing treatment frameworks within the Department.
  • To participate in regular CPD relevant to the client group to advance skills in treatment of complex cases as identified in clinical supervision and via Appraisal review process
  • To demonstrate ability to review and reflect on own practice through effective use of Professional Supervision.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development:

  • To participate in and contribute to the Hospitals Governance process.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the Departments operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To manage the workloads of assistant and trainee psychologists, within the framework of the Departments policies and procedures.
  • To line manage and conduct Appraisal reviews with Assistant Psychologists.
  • To participate in development activities within their clinical area i.e. attending clinical team meetings and providing staff training and reflective practice to the MDT.
  • To ensure where possible service users are involved in future service planning and delivery.
  • To contribute to the planning and achievement of psychology departmental objectives.
  • To promote an awareness of the psychology role with non-psychology colleagues and service users.
  • To liaise with other departments and services within the organisation in matters relevant to the role.
  • To be able to respond to changing need within the Department in relation to the job role by demonstrating flexibility and willingness to address this via discussion with the clinical supervisor and line manager.
  • To Attend relevant meetings as required

General Responsibilities:

  • To maintain the highest level of professionalism and integrity at all times.
  • 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.
  • To ensure compliance within the codes of practice of the British Psychological Society, Health Professions Council and Cygnet Health Care policies and procedures.
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development.
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop 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 paper and 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, HCPC and service policies and procedures


  • · This job description is not exhaustive and other duties which are not shown here but commensurate with the post may be required from time to time. It will also be used as a basis for the determination of objectives and performance required.

We Are Looking For People Who Have:

  • A HCPC registered Psychologist with experience in a Clinical, forensic or mental health setting
  • Preferably trained in complex therapies such as Schema focused, Cognitive Analytical and DBT
  • Passionate about working with people with a range of complex mental health needs
  • Capable of treating difficulties such as self-harm, physical & verbal aggression, history of sexual offending and drug & alcohol problems.

In Return, We Will Offer You:

  • Strong career progression opportunities
  • Monthly reflective practice, & support with CPD opportunities
  • Expert supervision & peer support
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Pension scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme & employee discount saving.


Please note: successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.