Band 8a Highly Specialist Applied Psychologists and Band 7 Applied Psychologists

Job Title: Band 8a Highly Specialist Applied Psychologists and Band 7 Applied Psychologists
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: North Yorkshire
Salary: Band 7 and 8a
Job Published: May 17, 2017 12:43

Job Description

Highly Specialist Applied Psychologists x7

Band 8A, Salary: £40,428 - £48,514 per annum / Band 7 £31,696 - £41,787 per annum

Full time, permanent

Job reference No: 346-NYC-25-17

Getting it right for vulnerable children and families: A ‘Partners in Practice’ innovation in North Yorkshire delivering a revolution in Children’s Social Care.  

Phase 2. We are recruiting seven additional new posts to expand new ways of working for Clinical Psychologists. 

‘No Wrong Door’ is a nationally recognised innovative programme working with complex young people at risk of becoming looked after and also where poor outcomes are likely. We are seeking to further expand the existing service by recruiting new, permanent, innovative and challenging posts for Clinical Psychologists who are passionate about delivering embedded services for young people and young adults who have significant needs.

Through the ‘Partners in Practice’ initiative we have completed phase 1 of our recruitment process and are very pleased to extend this approach to recruit seven  new life coach roles. Two county wide applied psychology posts (one in the Prevention Service, one in Special Education), one post for Care Leavers in the East and four posts to be embedded within LAC / Safeguarding teams around the county.

Our local context is that North Yorkshire’s local authority Children and Young People’s Service has a growing national reputation for excellence; with successful Ofsted outcomes and award winning innovation programmes. Partners in Practice status has been awarded to North Yorkshire County Council (1 of only 8 such authorities across England ) boosting the No Wrong Door and the DfE Opportunity Area programmes which are providing the route through which to share best practice nationally.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, a multi –award winning Trust is a well-managed and financially stable organisation with an excellent track record for providing high quality mental health services in North Yorkshire. The scope of the service innovation and genuine collaboration between North Yorkshire County Council and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust is unprecedented and provides a secure base to ensure ongoing success. 

Mental Health and Social Care Services for vulnerable young people in North Yorkshire face significant challenges in an ever changing landscape, not least due to our rurality, scale and reducing finances; this requires creativity and collaboration and greater engagement of all agencies in finding new solutions to historic challenges. Those solutions are being found in North Yorkshire:  rapid improvements in educational outcomes; no agency social workers; major reductions in the care population and an inclusive ambitious culture recognised by all.

We require these  additional Clinical Psychologists (locally known as ‘Life Coaches’) to bring tenacity and excellent multi-agency working skills to join an existing specialist multi-agency service including Speech and Language Therapists, Social Workers, Careers’ specialists, Police and Residential workers. We have opportunities to expand our tried and tested approach across the whole county.

Our continuing ambition is to further improve frontline practice and to learn from other innovation programmes. To this end we have gained significant funding to embed clinicians ; specifically Clinical Psychologists/Family Therapists in our frontline children’s social work teams and the Prevention Service. Their roles will be to support the development and long term commitment of Systemic Practice in which our staff will be receiving additional training.

  • Two new County wide Clinical Psychology posts (Band 7 - 8a depending on experience) are required to establish the No Wrong Door ethos into broader parts of the Local Authority offer. One clinician will work within the comprehensive frontline Prevention Service aiming to offer solution focussed interventions to families in crisis and preventing the need for ‘Long term team’ involvement.   A second post holder is needed within a team of specialist roles within Special Education; specifically supporting pupils with SEMH and/or a pattern of exclusion during the transition years from Primary to Secondary School .
  • One new Clinical Psychology / life coach role (Band 7 - 8a depending on experience) is required for Care Leavers who can experience particular hardship and emotional strain as they enter adulthood. The post holder will be based in Scarborough and work alongside a life coach already in post in the West.  This psychologist will require an understanding of adolescent mental health, developmental psychology and ongoing attachment issues for young adults not yet prepared for independent adult life and for whom outcomes can still deteriorate without skilled support and resources. 
  • Four new Clinical Psychology/ Life Coach posts (Band 7 - 8a depending on experience) are required to work within the LAC/ Safeguarding teams. These clinicians will work from bases in Selby, Scarborough, Harrogate and Northallerton working directly with the young people who have suffered significant harm and their parents/ carers as well as offering consultation and formulation input to staff in their delivery of day to day outreach and statutory social work. Improving the outcomes of these vulnerable young people is a key priority for the Local Authority. 

Psychologists provide key leadership roles within the Trust. To support this we have developed leadership profiles for each psychology band and the profile card associated with this post is attached on NHS Jobs. You can find more information about the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model and the profiles at their website. We encourage you to look at these resources as they will play a part in the interview process.

For informal enquiries, please contact: David Loveday-Sims, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 07966 993897 or Joanne James – Service Manager on 07717 726543.

For more information and to apply visit www. and search using ref: 346-NYC-25-17

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Closing date:            14th June 2017

Interview date:          28th & 29th June 2017

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from current and past service users.