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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Clinical Psychology Learning Disability
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Ash Green
£47,126 - £53,219 pa
Salary period
26/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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Job overview

We are looking for a highly motivated and Specialist Clinical Psychologist to work in our community learning disability team for people with learning disabilities.

The post holder will be part of a large group of psychological practitioners working as part of a multi disciplinary team to support people with learning disabilities and additional and significant mental health issues and behaviour that challenges .

We would support applications form both experienced psychologists and those looking to further their career through clinical expertise.

The post holder will be encouraged to develop their area of clinical expertise and will be provided with god CPD opportunities. 

You will be encouraged to support training and development of others, including trainee psychologists, and have close connections with local universities.

Derbyshire is an amazing place to live and work, close to both thriving cities and a beautiful national park. 


Main duties of the job

Provide responsive, intensive, personalised care to avoid inappropriate high cost placements, facilitate timely discharge from hospital and to maintain the individuals engagement with their community.

Provide high quality specialist consultation, assessment, formulation, intervention for psychological and emotional difficulties and other presenting problems, for people with a learning disability on the ‘Acute pathway’.

Taking a key role in developing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans to maintain the individual at home whenever possible, offering clinical advice, guidance and strategies for risk management to a range of carers, professionals and agencies.

Act as care co-ordinator within the multi-disciplinary team, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating, planning, supporting, managing and reviewing the care of adults who have a learning disability, who are experiencing a period of crisis in their mental health and / or behaviour.

Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

Benefits include:

  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBTI+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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To provide highly specialist assessments to clients who are referred to the team based upon the use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of scores including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi structured interviews with clients, carers and others involved in the client’s care.

To formulate, plan, implement and review highly specialist psychological interventions, based on an appropriate clinical framework and evidence base across a range of care settings with a range of carers and professionals.

To be instrumental in the development of Positive Behavioural Support and other Plans through development and supervision of appropriate assessment, formulation, intervention planning, implementation and review.

Contribute to appropriate risk assessment, formulation and management plans that are reviewed, evaluated and informed by psychological understanding and models. To ensure that risk assessment, management and reviews are communicated to others in a timely and accessible manner. 

To support clinical decision making by involving clients, families, carers and relevant agencies which require problem solving and excellent interpersonal skills.

To support individuals and their carers to be included and empowered during service delivery.

Respond in a timely fashion to individuals in crisis ensuring that an appropriate aftercare is actioned

Ensure that patients receive a flexible proactive response in line with current pathways and access criteria.

Formulate psychology progress and discharge summaries and psychological reports that reflect reason for referral, assessment, intervention, outcomes and recommendations. To provide accessible versions of these where necessary.

To provide a link role to support clients with complex needs e.g. transforming care in a variety of settings which may
include secure residential and community settings. 

Provide a person centred approach that meets the individual needs of patients accessing the service. 

To ensure current knowledge and skills are applied to support care of clients through appropriate legal, policy and 
safeguarding frameworks such as the Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015, Safeguarding Adults and children, Care Programme approach and Deprivation of liberty safeguards. 

Ensure that clients receive a service which provides confidentiality, privacy, dignity and respect at all times.

To provide in reach to clients work in partnership with inpatient areas to aid with care and support timely and effective admission and discharge. 

Be aware of Clinical Governance standards across the service, including health and safety, risk management, audit, evidence-based practice etc. and contribute to this process.

Be responsible for own professional development and practice standards.

Be involved in professional activities within the Learning disability Psychological services professional group and outside the profession e.g. multi-disciplinary forums or networks in order to share practice and promote Psychological services to other agencies.

Be professionally and legally responsible and accountable for all aspects of own work including clinical input, effective use of time, prioritisation, punctuality etc.

To maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely records in line with professional, legal and Trust requirements.

To comply with governance requirements for the Department and Trust. 

Observe the codes of conduct and professional standards of The Health and Care Professions Council and the British Psychological Society and comply with all DCHS policies and procedures

Act as care co-ordinator within the multi-disciplinary team, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating, planning, supporting, managing and reviewing the care of adults who have a learning disability, who are experiencing a period of crisis in their mental health and / or behaviour.

Undertake partnership working with LD Intensive Support Team, Inpatient teams (both Learning Disability and Mental Health) , Adult Care and other key partnerships. This will be a vital element to provide holistic person centred care. 

To provide specialist education, training, advice to health, education and social care colleagues, support staff, students, carers and any other personnel/agencies regarding person specific needs.

To provide supervision to trainee and assistant psychology staff and other staff as appropriate.

Participate in the development of an effective, responsive; evidence based person-centred service and the role of Psychology within it.

Participate in clinically related administration, reviews, audits, research projects and the collection of service outcomes 
and governance information. 

Share the management of the community psychology allocated caseload and receive caseload supervision from the Team Manager.

Contribute to service developments, evaluation, monitoring and research as needed and to support the dissemination of 

Participate in the annual appraisal cycle to ensure that professional skills and competences are kept up to date.

The post holder will be key in supporting the service to deliver on the local Transforming Care plans and in supporting the implementation of the

Building the Right Support guidance (2015) in North Derbyshire. 
The post-holder will help support effective delivery of the psychological services care pathways along with the other psychological services practitioners, in line with guidance on clinical activity, NICE guidance supervision, audit and DCHS pathway

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Clinical psychology doctorate or equivalent
  • Additional post qualification development
Desirable criteria
  • has worked with people with learning disability
  • has supervision experience


Essential criteria
  • Registered with the HCPC
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jo Varela
Job title
Consultant Clinical Lead Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
0782 7663202