Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Job Title: Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Orkney Islands
Salary: Band 8a (£50,743 - £54,677) or Band 7 (£40,563 - £47,269) including Distant Islands Allowance
Contact Name: Suzanne Roos
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 18, 2021 09:46

Job Description

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Band 8a (£50,743 - £54,677) 

or Band 7 (£40,563 - £47,269) including Distant Islands Allowance, 

Full time: 37.5 hours per week, Permanent  

Advance your career in Psychology in the Orkney Islands. 

This is an exciting job, offering a service to Adults and Older Adults tier 3 & 4 populations. This post will be hard work, but really stimulating, especially as it will involve all aspects of delivering a psychology service. For example, delivering and assessments to a range of patient groups, as well as delivering training to multi-disciplinary team colleagues, advising colleagues on clinical governance issues and working closely with NHS Education of Scotland. The successful candidate will be joining NHS Orkney with their brand-new state of the art new hospital.

We are looking for someone who will work well in a multi-disciplinary team context and liaise well with members of other disciplines, especially GPs and colleagues in primary care and the voluntary sector. The post requires a broad range of clinical skills, because when working in a remote and rural area, one has fewer options for onward referrals, so it is important to find someone who will strive to find the balance between generalist and specialist roles and will aim to utilise support from mainland colleagues in urban Tier 4 services when necessary. Can you see yourself in this role? If so, we would love to hear from you. 

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:

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.

For further information please email Suzanne Roos, Consultant Psychologist and Professional Lead for Psychological Therapies, by email: 

To apply, please visit the NHS Scotland site.

Closing date for applications: 11th April 2021 

This post is subject to a PVG Scheme Record check.