Clinical / Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC registered)

Job Title: Clinical / Practitioner Psychologist (HCPC registered)
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Taunton
Salary: £33,000 - £49,000 (plus company pension; starting spine point dependent on experience; a preceptorship would be considered)
Reference: OH-Psych1018
Contact Name: Sarah Pillar
Contact Email:
Job Published: October 10, 2018 15:24

Job Description

Band 7 / 8a (plus company pension; starting spine point dependent on experience; a preceptorship would be considered)

Location: Based in Taunton, Somerset

Contract: Permanent, full-time (part-time considered; flexible working supported)

Acountable to: Dr Grace Alexander, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director

Our Services

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

1. Orchard House Family Assessment Centre provides ‘Good’ [latest Ofsted Inspection, 2018] parenting and psychological assessments to Local Authorities and Family Courts nationwide.

2. Somerset Clinic is an independent provider of responsive psychological services for both adults and children in need, using evidence-based therapeutic interventions.


In discussion with the Clinical Director and dependent on professional experience and interest, the successful candidate will have time allocated across both services, providing a welcome variety of assessment and therapeutic work. You will join a supportive and friendly multidisciplinary team of Clinical Psychologists, Social Workers, and other associated professionals to ensure the provision of psychologically-informed assessment and intervention. You will be encouraged to develop your own interests, in line with service need, with options of providing specialist psychological therapy in line with best professional practice and with due regard of the existing evidence-base. There is also the opportunity, under the Clinical Director’s close supervision, to develop expertise in undertaking psychological assessments for the Family Court.

Working alongside experienced Social Workers and our wider MDT, you will have a track record of working effectively with a range of presenting difficulties, including for example adults with learning disabilities, substance misuse, and mental health difficulties, drawing on various theoretical models such as attachment.

Orchard House is committed to helping parents to demonstrate their best possible parenting capacity to fully meet their children’s needs and we make a vital contribution towards thedecision-making process that impacts upon the lives of children and families. If you share our core value of compassion and our dedication to supporting some of the UK’s most vulnerable young people and families, then we would love you to join us.

There will also be opportunities for service development, particularly in relation to Somerset Clinic, where the successful applicant can develop their own areas of interest and apply their skill set in creative ways to working in the independent sector.

Orchard House is committed to safeguarding children. These posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Please note that we will require a full application form to be completed, in line with our safer recruitment policy.

Further Information

Further information can be found on our websites: &

A full job description and person specification can be requested from Sarah Pillar (HR Advisor) –

We are really keen to talk to prospective candidates about the service and about their ideas for the role. We would therefore encourage you to make contact for an informal discussion: Grace Alexander, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at or Jon Parish, Operations Manager at or ring us on 01823 351785.