Clinical Psychology Lead

Job Title: Clinical Psychology Lead
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Manchester
Salary: Competitive Salary
Job Published: March 15, 2019 16:35

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic, innovative and supportive organisation, at the forefront of mental health delivery. We are developing our team of Psychologists and we are looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist for this brand new role. Applicants from counselling psychologists will also be considered; as will applications from less experienced psychologists working towards a leadership position.

Being part of the Xenzone clinical leadership team, the Psychology Lead will have an integral role implementing clinical governance across the organisation, alongside the development of new clinical specialisms in line with the organisational strategy, starting with 1. Eating Disorders (CYP) and 2. Brief Assessment, Consultation and Treatment for Parents.

The Psychology Lead will have additional responsibility for a team of Psychologists and for any activity specifically relating to the role of a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist.

Main Duties

  • To lead/assist in the development of highly specialist clinical interventions using a digital framework, in liaison with the technology team.
  • To liaise with NHS and other partner agencies in the development of digital enabled clinical programmes through grant writing, project development and evaluation activities.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, personality and risk assessment and self-report measures, using a digital framework.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental health problems, using a digital framework.
  • To provide highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that other members of the organisation have access to a specialist psychologically based framework for understanding and care of service users, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of specialist psychological research and theory.
  • To undertake risk assessments and provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management as appropriate.
  • To provide leadership for the Psychology team
  • To receive regular clinical and management supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in an agreed and appropriate format.
  • To be responsible for own work and interventions with highly complex presentations as an autonomous practitioner, and to seek consultation appropriately from supervisor and colleagues.
  • To provide specialist clinical placements for trainee clinical/counselling psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To contribute to all clinical governance procedures as part of the clinical team, including clinical audits, safeguarding, training and supervision.
  • To practice within the statutory code of professional practice and conduct for Clinical/Counselling Psychologists and maintain appropriate level of registration
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self governance in accordance with the professional codes of practice of the Health Professions Council, the British Psychological Society, BACP and internal policies and procedures.
  • To contribute to the development, maintenance and dissemination of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes.
  • To develop self in the scientist-practitioner role through regular contribution to the research needs of the organisation as advised by the Clinical and Research Directors.
  • To develop a personal professional development plan to be updated annually, and to participate in the annual review process.
  • To develop a job plan, based on the assessed requirements for service provision. Specific key areas for development will be prioritised and agreed within the job plan.
  • To contribute to the on call rota as part of the clinical leadership team.
  • To fulfil duties of weekly timetable including any ‘out of hours’ responsibilities as agreed with Line Manager.
  • To contribute to project management, including complex audit and service evaluation to help develop and improve the service.
  • To encourage a culture of evidence based practice in all parts of the organisation

The main responsibilities are not an exhaustive list of duties, only a general guide to the post. In consultation with the post-holder, the duties may change from time to time to reflect the changing needs of the service

Knowledge and Experience

  • Professional qualification in Clinical/Counselling Psychology at doctoral level (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registered as a chartered psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (or eligible for registration).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology and keenness to be involved in ongoing research as part of regular role.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to clients with complex mental health problems.
  • Significant post qualification experience with children and young people in one or more clinical areas.
  • Experience in the application of cognitive behavioural approaches.
  • Experience/interest in eating disorders.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and or academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Supervision qualification desirable.

Personal Qualities

  • Team player
  • Appreciation of different professional groups and theoretical models of practice
  • Guided by clear ethical values and principles
  • Self-reflective and transparent approach towards learning and development needs
  • Innovative, creative thinker
  • Can do attitude
  • Ability to use own initiative and to work under supervision where appropriate


In return we offer a unique opportunity to work at the forefront of innovative mental health services within a highly supportive and highly experienced peer group, where you will have the opportunity to transform services.

Along with a competitive salary you will benefit from a proactive commitment to continued learning through extensive training and development programs. 

This is a 35 hour a week post and we reward you with a competitive salary, generous annual leave entitlement of 36 days (inclusive of bank holidays) plus Wellness day, a company health care plan and pension scheme.

The above position is subject to a successful Disclosure and Barring Service check as part of recruitment procedures.

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th April with a provisional interview date of Friday 12th April for successful shortlisted candidates.