Highly Specialised Applied Psychologists x3 & Consultant Applied Psychologist x1

Job Title: Highly Specialised Applied Psychologists x3 & Consultant Applied Psychologist x1
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Middlesbrough
Salary: Band 8A/8C, Salary: Band 8A £40,028 - £48,034 per annum/Band 8C £56,104 - £68,484 per annum
Contact Name: Joanne James - 07717 726543
Job Published: February 22, 2017 11:18

Job Description

Highly Specialised Applied Psychologists x3 & Consultant Applied Psychologist x1

Band 8A/8C, Salary: Band 8A £40,028 - £48,034 per annum/Band 8C £56,104 - £68,484 per annum

Full time, permanent

Job reference No: 346-NYC-09-17 & 346-NYC-10-17

Getting it right for vulnerable children and families: A ‘Partners in Practice’ innovation in North Yorkshire. Delivering a revolution in Children’s Social Care.  

Join us to establish new ways of working for Clinical Psychologists. 

‘No Wrong Door’ is a nationally recognised innovative programme working with complex adolescents at risk of becoming looked after and also where poor outcomes are likely. We are seeking to expand the existing service by recruiting new, permanent, innovative and challenging posts for Clinical Psychologists who are passionate about delivering embedded services for young people and young adults who have significant needs.

Through the ‘Partners in Practice’ initiative we are very pleased to extend this approach to recruit a new Consultant Clinical Psychologist as No Wrong Door Clinical Lead / Head of Service, two new life coach roles for Care Leavers and to recruit to a recent vacancy  for  Residential Life Coach in the East Hub.

We require these additional Clinical Psychologists (locally known as ‘Life Coaches’) to bring tenacity and excellent multi-agency working skills to join an existing specialist multi-agency service including Speech and Language Therapists, Social Workers, Careers’ specialists, Police and Residential workers. We have opportunities to expand our tried and tested approach across the whole county.

Our continuing ambition is to further improve frontline practice and to learn from other innovation programmes. To this end we have gained significant funding to embed clinicians – Clinical Psychologists/Family Therapists in our frontline children’s social work teams and the Prevention Service. Their roles will be to support the development of Systemic Practice – our staff will be receiving training – with a long term commitment to this model.

Our local context is that North Yorkshire’s local authority Children and Young People’s Service has a growing national reputation for excellence; with successful Ofsted outcomes and award winning innovation programmes. Partners in Practice status has been awarded to North Yorkshire County Council (1 of only 8 such authorities across England ) boosting the No Wrong Door and the DfE Opportunity Area programmes which are providing the route through which to share best practice nationally. A recent LGA peer review referred to our Children’s Services as outstanding and providing a beacon for other authorities grappling with the challenges of delivering excellent outcomes for families and children while operating under a constrained budget.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust, a multi –award winning Trust is a well-managed and financially stable organisation with an excellent track record for providing high quality mental health services in North Yorkshire. The scope of the service innovation and genuine collaboration between North Yorkshire County Council and Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust is unprecedented and provides a secure base to ensure ongoing success. 

Mental Health and Social Care Services for vulnerable young people in North Yorkshire face significant challenges in an ever changing landscape, not least due to our rurality, scale and reducing finances; this requires creativity and collaboration and greater engagement of all agencies in finding new solutions to historic challenges. Those solutions are being found in North Yorkshire:  rapid improvements in educational outcomes; no agency social workers; major reductions in the care population and an inclusive ambitious culture recognised by all.

  • As a first step we are seeking an experienced and able Consultant Clinical Psychologist to be the new Head of Service and Clinical Practice for our practice innovation.  The successful candidate for this Head of Service role can then be fully engaged in developing the model over the coming months. A commitment to innovative practice, multidisciplinary approaches and training in Family Therapy is critical for this role.
  • Two new Clinical Psychology / life coach roles (Band 7 - 8a depending on experience) are required for Care Leavers who can experience particular hardship and emotional strain as they enter adulthood . These post holders require an understanding of adolescent mental health , developmental psychology and ongoing attachment issues for young adults not yet prepared to for independent adult life and for whom outcomes can still deteriorate without skilled support and resources. 
  • We need to recruit to a recently vacant Residential Clinical Psychology Life Coach post (Band 7 - 8a depending on experience) in the Scarborough area / East Hub. This embedded clinician will work from Stepney Road Children’s home, working directly with the residential young people;  as well as offering consultation and formulation input to residential staff in their delivery of  day to day residential and outreach work to a range of vulnerable, ‘edge of care’ young people in the community.

For informal enquiries, please contact: Joanne James – Service Manager on 07717726543.

For more information and to apply visit

For the Highly Specialised Applied Psychologists x3, please search NHS Jobs using the ref: 346-NYC-10-17

For the Consultant Applied Psychologist, please search using the ref: 346-NYC-09-17

For more information about our Trust visit

Closing date:            21st March 2017

Interview date:          5th & 6th April 2017

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from current and past service users.