Clinical / Practitioner Psychologist (2x posts)

Job Title: Clinical / Practitioner Psychologist (2x posts)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Somerset
Salary: Posts available between Band 7 – Band 8c
Job Published: July 13, 2017 14:05

Job Description

Salary:  Posts available between Band 7 – Band 8c (+company pension; starting spine point dependent on experience; a preceptorship would be considered)

Location: Based in Taunton, Somerset

Availability to travel throughout the South West of England

Accountable to: Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Psychologists

Our services

We are looking to recruit two additional Clinical Psychologists to meet increased service demand across two areas of our organisation:

  1. Orchard House Family Assessment Centre provides ‘outstanding’ [latest Ofsted Inspection, 2016] residential and community based parenting assessments, alongside psychological and other related assessments to Family Courts and Local Authorities nationwide.
  2. Somerset Clinic is an independent provider of responsive psychological services for both adults and children in need of evidence-based therapeutic interventions.


It is likely that the successful candidates will be able to split their time across both services to meet their own preferences as well as service demand. Therefore, the responsibilities and job description detailed below represent an amalgam of the posts available – we look forward to discussing specific details during any subsequent interview and appointment process.

The post holders will join a team of existing Clinical Psychologists, experienced Social Workers, and allied health and social care professionals, to ensure the provision of psychologically-informed assessment and intervention. The post holders will provide their clients and colleagues with specialist psychological input in line with best professional practice and with due regard of the existing evidence-base.

The service provided in respect of Orchard House includes the provision of a range of evidence based assessments and interventions for complex families and parents with learning difficulties, attachment difficulties, and other psychological and mental health / emotional difficulties. Information is ultimately provided to assist the Courts in the vital decision-making process that impacts upon the lives of children and families.

Job Summary

  1. As an HCPC practitioner psychologist, the post holders will assume accountability for their own professional actions, exercise professional discretion in determining how objectives are to be achieved and work independently on a day-to-day basis. This would be within a supportive Psychology Team and the overall framework of relevant service principles, policies and procedures, as well as existing codes of professional practice (i.e. HCPC & BPS).
  2. Provide high quality evidence based assessment and intervention to patients referred and funded through the NHS, the local authority, private self-referral, and insurance companies. This could include providing services at an individual, group, or family level to adults, children, and families.
  3. Facilitate the dissemination of evidence-based practice within the wider Assessment Team by developing and supporting the use of psychologically informed protocols, guidelines, and procedures.
  4. Plan, organise, and provide teaching / training in relevant psychological principles for the wider MDT, in liaison with psychology manager.
  5. Provide supervision and consultation services to enable and support client related work undertaken by other members of the MDT.
  6. Experienced post holders will supervise and support the work of other less experienced psychologists (inc. trainees) working in the team, as well as supervising Assistant Practitioners and graduate psychologists in the psychology service as appropriate.
  7. Exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice. Undertake governance, audit, and clinical administrative activities, collecting, collating and analysing data, writing and presenting reports and undertaking project development and implementation as appropriate. Use IT equipment as required, including statistical, database, spreadsheet, and presentational software.
  8. There may be opportunities to undertake applied clinical research and development activities related to the needs of the families and clients served, the staff, and the organisation as a whole. Utilise research skills for audit, policy, and service development purposes as appropriate.
  9. Responsibility for introducing and developing new psychology services in line with policies and service developments. Responsibility supporting the implementation of policy or service developments across the organisation.
  10. Participate in supervision, appraisal, and CPD activities, as agreed with psychology manager, including general training required in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Company.
  11. In completing duties, draws upon advanced level specialist knowledge and expertise commensurate with a doctoral degree in applied psychology and maintaining registration as a chartered psychologist. Opportunities for further post qualification specialist training / progression will be explored in discussion with your psychology manager.
  12. In completing agreed duties, the post holders will plan, organise and prioritise their own time, activities, and workload (manages own clinical caseload, plans sessions, organises teaching / research activities, organises administrative responsibilities, etc.).

Exercises highly complex planning, organisational, co-ordination and evaluation functions when developing and implementing complex clinical programmes at a systems level. This includes establishing programmes implemented with or by other professionals, integrating psychological assessment and intervention procedures into routine team practice for use by other staff, developing and implementing audit, governance, research or teaching programmes and implementing policy developments that impact on others.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

[N.b. specific responsibilities will depend upon company demand and the post holder’s clinical interests and expertise – the duties below represent an amalgam of the posts available.]

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Manage a therapeutic caseload of patients with a variety of psychological presentations.
  • Provide assessments and interventions for parents and families with complex needs, including those with high levels of emotional distress, mental health issues, personality difficulties, learning difficulties, difficult social circumstances or a history of substance misuse, whilst ensuring close communication with the wider MDT as necessary.
  • Conduct appropriate assessments, formulations and interventions, communicating results in a skilled and sensitive manner. Ensure that assessments and interventions meet the needs of individuals from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Carry out both formal and informal risk assessments / management of individuals presenting with complex needs (e.g. substance use, self-harm, risk of harm to others…).
  • Ensure the highest standards of professional record keeping and prepare psychological reports to be released to the referring agency. This is also an excellent opportunity to robustly reflect on psychological models and your own clinical practice, and to develop specialist skills in assisting the Family Courts to consider the value of psychological knowledge in complex decision-making.
  • Communicate complex information in a professional and sensitive manner.
  • Attend professional meetings as required and to present the views and recommendations of Orchard House and Somerset Clinic.
  • Plan and prioritise own workload, in line with service demand.
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