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Clinical Psychologist Full Time

at Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust Ipswich in Ipswich (Published at 21-02-2021)

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust provides child and adult mental health services, alcohol treatment, learning disability, wellbeing and eating disorder services across Norfolk and Suffolk.
At any one time, around 23,000 people in Norfolk and Suffolk are receiving care and attention from the Trust. We believe in whole life care - seeing people in the context of their whole lives, understanding the importance of good physical health, friends, family, spirituality, culture, home, work, education and a sense of purpose and achievement to experience good mental health.
Nearly 3,200 full and part-time practitioners care for our service users in hospitals, in the community and in their own homes, whilst an additional 900+ staff provide non-clinical support, including cleaning, delivering supplies, ward administration, information technology, human resources and financial services.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and want to reflect the diversity of our local communities within our teams. We welcome applications from all talented individuals with the relevant qualifications, skills, knowledge and experience.

We are committed to delivering quality driven mental health services. Every individual makes a valuable contribution. We are proud of our staff who have been commended for the care they provide. Do you value working positively, respectfully and together? If so, we?d love you to join us!

We will consider flexible working arrangements for our roles, please indicate in your application if this is something you require


Please read the job description/person specification carefully and ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills and experience needed.


It is important that you complete a formal application form as CV?s alone will not be accepted.

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Job overview

An opportunity has arisen for a Clinical Psychologist/Systemic/Senior Psychotherapist Therapist to join the Psychology in Schools Team . This innovative team is at the forefront of evoking change in the systems around children and young people, to connect, empower, and encourage individuals and communities to be champions of their own mental health.

A pilot project at Thurston Community College is the foundation of our work, which demonstrated the value of clinicians being based in communities to build community resilience and provide easy access to specialist mental health support.

Local CYFP services are evolving, utilising the THIRVE model as the essence of a transformation which offers an exciting and original approach to mental health support. The Psychology in Schools Team is supporting this transformation, using our knowledge of community alignment to promote early intervention and strengthen confidence of systems surrounding young people to respond to their need.

Main duties of the job

School is a fundamental and consistent system for a young person throughout their early development making it a key community structure to support. PST clinicians work closely with all parts of the school to co-produce an integrated ?whole-school? approach to improve the emotional wellbeing of students and staff alike.

Clinicians also work with the wider community to develop the capacity for early intervention and prevention with crucial systems that are likely to be involved before mental health professionals.

Your role will include:

  • Workforce development, training, supervision, and consultation.

  • Specialist assessment, formulation and intervention with young people and their families

  • Running group interventions for students

  • Supporting research and evaluation across the project

  • Opportunity to supervise assistant Psychologist and/or trainee Clinical Psychologist

Working for our organisation

The team holds the ethos of connecting with individuals and support systems by compassionate and, most importantly, human means. Through doing so, we aim to empower professionals and non-professionals alike to provide early intervention using a compassionate approach that we understand as fundamental. By working closely with communities we are able to recognize vulnerabilities in individuals and the wider system, allowing us to be responsive to need and target inequality through a non-judgmental lens that appreciates difficulty, but emphasises strength.

The PST will maintain and further develop relationships with existing mental health services and provide close links with Clinicians working in West Suffolk. The role offers a variety of opportunities under the clinical supervision of the PST Clinical Lead and will have a strong ethos of collaboration and support within the PST, which will make this a fulfilling role.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post will require autonomous working but will also be well supported by a number of Clinicians working within the team. Opportunities for collaborative working will be prioritised and access to appropriate supervision will be readily available (both individual and peer).

This role also provides the opportunity to work in collaboration with the Mental Health Support Teams; commissioned as a result of the Green Paper: Transforming Children and Young People's Mental Health Provision.

You will have knowledge and skills and experience of working across the range of complexity and severity in young people. We are looking for individuals who bring personal enthusiasm, creativity and energy to work in this vital newly developing area.

Importantly, this project will contribute to the wider system thinking about the development of services at the interface of education, health and social care. Making it a unique and exciting opportunity to transform local services for young people and their families.

You will be based in either West Suffolk or East Suffolk, depending on what works for you. There will be some need to travel when necessary.

We would encourage any applicants who are interested to organise a meeting (virtual) with Dr Beth Mosley who will be able to explain the role in more detail. Also, please be noted that we are willing to consider applicants from Band 7 to Band 8 as a preceptorship.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Registered as a practitioner psychologist with the Health Professions Council (HPC)

Desirable criteria

  • Theory and practice of specialised psychological interventions (assessment and / or therapiest)


Essential criteria

  • Experience of working with a wide variety and severity of client groups & clinical problems, in various settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of clinical work in a setting relevant to the post.


Essential criteria

  • Well-developed communications skills (oral and written)


Essential criteria

  • Knowledge of mental health legislation within specialist clinical context

Desirable criteria

  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of specialised psychological intervention and assessment in specialist clinical settings and service vuser groups.

Apart from its legal duties in relation to equality and diversity, the Trust recognises and actively promotes the benefits of a diverse workforce and is committed to treating all employees with dignity and respect regardless of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief.

Additionally, people with disabilities that fall under the Two Ticks - Guaranteed Interview Scheme will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).


FOR POSTS WITH DIRECT SERVICE USER CONTACT - Please be advised that due to recent changes in the DBS Service, organisations no longer receive copies of DBS Disclosures ? these are sent directly to candidates only. Therefore, it will be your responsibility, if successful, to ensure that this is taken to the appointing officer as soon as you receive it.

Alternatively, if you have subscribed to the update service, we will be able to check your status once we have your authority to do so.

The Trust has now introduced a DBS Update Service which is a contractual requirement. You need to subscribe when you have applied for your DBS clearance and there is a time limit to subscribe of 19 days after receipt of your DBS disclosure. Please ensure that this is completed within the set time scale.

This update service is an annual subscription at a cost of £13 to you. This will enable the Trust to have instant online access to your DBS record, with your consent, and so will remove the need for you to have to apply for this repeat check again.

Applicant requirements

  • You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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