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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 7

Main area
NHS AfC: Band 7
Part time - 30 hours per week
Job ref
Ash Green
£40,057 - £45,839 pa, pro rata
Salary period
19/10/2021 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 seeking an enthusiastic and highly motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, who is passionate about improving the lives of people with a learning disability in North Derbyshire.

The role involves supporting individuals and their families or carers with high quality psychological assessments, formulations and interventions.

You will be working in the community in a range of settings, as part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team.

Our service is passionate about bringing a person-centred approach to care and enhanced quality of life to our client group.

The caseload will be interesting, varied and include working with people with a wide range of needs.

You will join a diverse group of psychological practitioners and a service committed to on-going professional development for staff.

The post is based in north Derbyshire, close to the beautiful countryside of the Peak District National Park, with good transport links.

Main duties of the job

Provide a key clinical role as a member of a Community Learning Disability Team who work with the individual in their community to provide responsive, specialist psychological care for to maintain the individuals engagement with their home, family and community.

This involves taking a key role in developing, implementing and evaluating assessments, formulation and treatment plans in relation to their mental wellbeing, offering clinical advice and strategies regarding risk management.

Provide specialist consultation, assessment, formulation, intervention and education of psychological and emotional difficulties / presenting problems, for people with a learning disability.

Undertake partnership working with Intensive Support teams, Inpatient teams, Adult Care and other key partnerships.  This will be a vital element to provide holistic person centred care.

Educate, train and provide specialist advice to health education and social care colleagues, support staff, students, assistants, 

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.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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

Provision of specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care. 

Formulating and implementing plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s difficulties, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across a range of care settings. 

Implementing a range of psychological interventions identified from prior psychological assessments for individuals, carers, families 
and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required. 

Evaluating and making 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, family or group.

Formulate discharge summaries and psychological reports that reflect reason for referral, assessment, intervention, outcomes and recommendations.

Exercising autonomous professional responsibility, within the context of multidisciplinary team working, for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients. 

Consulting and advising, colleagues from other disciplines and services on the psychological formulation and management of clients with learning disabilities, and in respect of areas of specialist knowledge. 

Contributing directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group. 

Maintain accurate, comprehensive and timely records in line with professional, legal and Trust requirements. To comply with 
statistical 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.

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

Evaluate current practise through the use of outcome measures, evidence-based practice projects, audit and research.

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

Respond to individuals in crisis in the community ensuring that an appropriate aftercare is actioned.

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

To undertake relevant clinical assessments and advise on the management of risk behaviours.

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

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

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

To work in partnership with inpatient areas to aid with care and support either pre-admission or discharge. 

Comply with all DCHS policies and procedures. 

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Person specification

essential/ desirable

Essential criteria
  • Doctorate/ equivalent in Clinical or Counselling Psychology
Desirable criteria
  • Additional behavioural/ PBS training
  • Knowledge and experience of psychological approaches and therapies modified for people with learning disabilities


Essential criteria
  • HCPC registration or working towards this


Essential criteria
  • Eligible for Chartered or Accredited Status with appropriate professional body


Essential criteria
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary team working
Desirable criteria
  • Recent experience of working in a community setting


Essential criteria
  • Recent experience of working in a healthcare setting with people with learning disabilities or have transferable skills


Essential criteria
  • Driving licence with ability to travel county wide and beyond if needed
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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.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Jo Varela
Job title
Consultant Clinical Lead Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
07827 663202
Additional information

Emma Hazel, Highly Specialist Forensic Psychologist,  07733 000546