Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist
Contract Type: Full-time
Location: Orkney
Salary: Band 8a £40,833 - £49,000 plus Distant Islands Allowance
Contact Name: Suzanne Roos
Contact Email:
Job Published: August 31, 2017 15:29

Job Description

Advance your career in Applied Psychology in the Orkney Islands.

Full Time: 37.5 hours per week Fixed Term until the end of March 2020 due to funding (with possible permanent extension)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a band 8a Clinical/ Counselling post to introduce a psychology service to Older People and Adults with Learning Disabilities in Orkney aimed at tier 3 & 4 populations. The successful candidate will also contribute to the provision of the already established general adult psychology services in a secondary care setting. We wish to appoint to this fixed term post which offers the opportunity to advance your career in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Rise to the challenge and enjoy the opportunity! Orkney is a wonderful place to live and work and voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK. Orkney offers low pollution, low crime, excellent schools, good leisure facilities, unique wildlife and amazing scenery. To find out more about living and working in Orkney go to: or watch: watch?v=ekYtsSubUJ4

Lying off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O’Groats and the Shetland Isles, Orkney is an archipelago of over 70 beautiful islands, 17 of which are inhabited. The total population is approximately 22,000 with most people living on the Mainland. Kirkwall, with its spectacular red sandstone 12th century cathedral, is the capital. With a population of 7,500, it is the administrative centre of Orkney with a good mix of shops, supermarkets and businesses. The historical harbour town of Stromness, with a population of 2,500 is situated on the West Mainland.

The Orkney Islands has an airport just a few minutes from the capital, Kirkwall, with a few daily connections to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, so it is no problem to stay connected to the whole of Scotland and beyond. There are also three main vehicle ferry routes to and from Orkney to Aberdeen, Scrabster and Gills Bay.

There is a rich archaeological history to be explored, as well as many outdoor pursuits, including diving in Scapa Flow, kayaking, walking, cycling, bird watching, and many more. Orcadian culture is rich, with music and arts and crafts well represented. The St Magnus Music Festival in June is internationally renowned. The successful candidate will be registered with the Health Care Professions Council and hold a postgraduate qualification in Clinical/Counselling Psychology at Doctorate level or equivalent. This appointment will ideally be on a full-time basis (37.5 hours per week), although applicants seeking part time hours are welcome to apply. There will be an opportunity to offer clinical placements for trainees undertaking doctoral training on the University of Edinburgh/NHS Scotland Clinical Psychology Training Programme and the Dundee/Stirling M.Sc. course in psychological therapies in primary care.

An excellent relocation package is available subject to eligibility

Further information on this post may be obtained from: Suzanne Roos, Consultant Psychologist, CMHT, Health Centre, Kirkwall, Orkney (01856) 888280; e-mail:

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Closing date for applications: 31st October 2017

This post is subject to a PVG Scheme Record Check