Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical / Counselling Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Scotland
Salary: Band 7 / 8a £32,013 - £49,000
Job Published: May 01, 2017 21:27

Job Description


Pluscarden Clinic, Dr Gray’s Hospital, Elgin, North East Scotland

Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Band 7 / 8a £32,013 - £49,000

Full-time 37.5 hours per week

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for this permanent post in the psychology department to provide a specialist psychology service to our adult population (aged 18-65) living in the Moray area. The postholder will have a HCPC recognised post-grad qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, hold HCPC Registration as a registered Clinical Psychologist (or Counselling Psychologist), and have suitable experience in Adult Mental Health psychology services. However, applicants with limited experience may be offered an initial appointment at Band 7 for an agreed preceptorship period prior to advancement to Band 8A, subject to agreed attainments, such as satisfactory performance and supervisory training. We therefore welcome experienced but also newly qualified applicants to apply. 

The postholder will deliver services as part of a multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team, alongside a senior Psychologist. Most out-patients are seen within the psychology department but psychologists may also provide local clinics for out-patients in community premises out with Elgin. We also deliver a service to a small in-patient unit when appropriate. Psychologists provide assessment and treatment for patients with a wide range of mental health problems; including individual and/or group therapeutic intervention, and roles such as consultancy and supervision, audit and research, as well as teaching and training where appropriate. We also offer supervision to clinical psychology trainees on the University of Edinburgh/NHS Scotland Clinical Psychology Training Programme, as well as MSc Trainees on the Stirling/Dundee course in Psychological Therapies in Primary Care. The postholder may also have the opportunity to supervise qualified multidisciplinary CMHT staff delivering psychological therapies.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join a friendly and supportive psychology team. Our current staff complement comprises of 4 full time Clinical and Counselling Psychology posts. The Psychologists within our service have a range of clinical interests reflecting a variety of theoretical and therapeutic orientations, and we would welcome evidence based yet innovative approaches to complement the existing service. We put great emphasis on relevant supervision, support and continued professional development. You will therefore have access to supervision from experienced clinicians; covering areas such as complex trauma and other severe and enduring presentations. 

This is an exciting time with significant investment in Mental Health & Wellbeing in Moray with increasing access to psychological therapies in primary care and the psychology department will remain involved with professional guidance and supervision to psychological therapists employed in Primary Care. Not only do we maintain links with our primary care colleagues, but also with our colleagues in Older Adult, Learning Disability and Child and Adolescent services in Elgin, as well as our counterpart colleagues in Aberdeen City and Shire through a variety of professional psychological structures.

Moray lies in the north-east of Scotland, with coastline on the Moray Firth, and borders the areas of Aberdeenshire and Highland. The Royal Burgh of Elgin thrives as a centre of administration, education, tourism and trade with agricultural, service and textile industries. Situated in Scotland’s Castle and Whisky county, the area offers a wide range of recreational activities such as golf, fishing, hill walking, surfing, canoeing, cycling, horse riding and winter sports. This is an opportunity to live and work in a beautiful part of Scotland that offers a great quality of life and has good transport links with the rest of the UK. 

An attractive relocation allowance of up to £8000 is available to successful candidates.

Informal enquiries and visits to the Department are strongly encouraged. Further information may be obtained from Albert Kinnear, Consultant Psychologist on (01343) 567499 or E-Mail:

To apply please visit and search for Ref No PR16817. Closing date 18 May 2017.