Principal Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Principal Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Kettering
Salary: Band 8B £40,428 to £48,514 pa
Job Published: October 30, 2017 13:15

Job Description

Principal Clinical Psychologist working with People with Learning Disabilities This is an interesting opportunity to join a psychologically-minded service for people with Learning Disabilities, which embraces the agenda to de-medicalise the treatment of behaviours which challenge, and to support people with Learning Disabilities in their own communities.

Central to this is the recognition of the need to embrace principles of Positive Behaviour Support. Our service strongly values Clinical Psychology input and the profession is central to service delivery and service development.

You will be based within a multi-disciplinary team, and will receive clinical supervision from the Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Learning Disabilities. You will have strong links with the other Clinical Psychologists within the service, and the team is also supported by a network of Clinical Psychologists based in a wide variety of services across the trust, which meet monthly for Continuing Professional Development, and are led at an executive level.

You will be based within the Intensive Support Team, which works with people with Learning Disabilities with mental health difficulties and/or severely challenging behaviour in the community, and links closely with the Community Team for People with Learning Disabilities (which provides specialist healthcare for people with Learning Disabilities who are unable to access mainstream services).

An important aspect of your role will be working alongside the manager of this team, to support the team to respond to service demands. The work will be challenging and varied, requiring complex assessment skills, the provision of a variety of therapeutic interventions, including behavioural approaches, strong skills in inter-disciplinary working and the provision of clinical leadership.

Please note – interviews will be held on THURSDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2017 at Newland House in Northampton.

For further details please contact Dr Ursula McCann, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 01604 657758 or Ms Steph Durnin, Manager of the Intensive Support Team on 01604 657729.


Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of health and social care services across Northamptonshire. These include mental health, learning disability, sexual health, district nursing, health visiting, palliative care and a wide range of community-based services, making us the largest NHS employer in Northamptonshire.

We are committed to delivering the highest standards of patient safety, quality outcomes and patient experience. We seek highly-motivated staff, whose local experience and skills provide the bedrock for service transformation and excellent, patient-centred care. Our vision is to deliver outstanding and innovative health and social care services in which our communities have confidence. To achieve this, our services will become more flexible and responsive to the needs of local people and shift closer to where our patients live, with prevention, quality and easy access given high priority.

In line with Section 8 of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, all shortlisted candidates will be required to produce original documentation proving their entitlement to work within the United Kingdom. 

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Border Agency requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit UK Border Agency website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL CORRESPONDENCE FOLLOWING YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE MADE VIA YOUR NHS JOBS ACCOUNT. If you do not hear from us by four weeks after the closing date then you may assume that on this occasion your application has been unsuccessful.