Senior Clinical Psychologist

North Staffordshire Co
Darwin Centre, Stoke-on-Trent
Competitive salary
07 Apr 2021
14 Apr 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Outstanding- our journey continues

We're proud to be only one of two specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated Outstanding by the CQC.

And we are not stopping there.

Our aim is to be Outstanding in ALL we do and HOW we do it.

And that's OUR aim for YOU.

Outstanding ... Our Journey continuesWould you like the opportunity to use your Applied Psychologist and Leadership skills with an Outstanding Trust ... one of only two Specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated as Outstanding by the CQC?We are seeking a Clinical Psychologist to take up this much valued post.

The Role:

Outstanding- our journey continues

We're proud to be only one of two specialist Mental Health Trusts in England rated Outstanding by the CQC.

And we are not stopping there.

Our aim is to be Outstanding in ALL we do and HOW we do it.

And that's OUR aim for YOU.

About the role:

An exciting opportunity has arisen in North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust, for a Band 8A Clinical Psychologist to be part of a care pathway to provide intensive support and interventions to children, young people and families. The service will be based at The Darwin Centre, our tier 4 CAMHS inpatient unit, and provide support across community settings delivering intensive interventions, advice and support to young people and families in their own homes and helping them access the best possible care package to prevent or shorten length of inpatient admission.

You will be working alongside our highly experienced team of clinicians at the Darwin centre as well as work in close consultation with our well established CAMHS services. There will be opportunities to work with and receive training and supervision from our local Dialectical Behavioural Service for Adolescents (DBT-A). Established in 2014, the DBT-A service has grown to offer a range of services to adolescents with complex emotional and behavioural difficulties and their families. In addition to presenting papers at multiple national forums the service was recently nominated as a finalist in the ATP Awards for Excellence 2020.

The core MDT service will largely operate during office hours but would support staff operating out of hours through supervision, care planning and by offering direct access to evidence based interventions .

You will be required to deliver expert, time-limited psychological input, psychological advice to young people and families and offer teaching, guidance and supervision to multi-disciplinary team colleagues as required. You will deliver highly specialised interventions, requiring extensive psychological expertise for young people with complex mental health needs.

You will operate with support from the service managers and a Principal Clinical Psychologist, in parallel with other psychologists and therapists across the full service area. We are a supportive group of clinicians and we welcome applicants with a range of skills in psychological models.

About Us:

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust was established in 1994 and provides mental health and learning disability care to people predominantly living in the city of Stoke-on-Trent and in North Staffordshire. The Trust is one of the main providers of mental health, social care and learning disability services in the West Midlands.

We currently work from both hospital and community-based premises, operating from approximately 30 sites to approximately 464,000 people of all ages and diverse backgrounds in Stoke-on-Trent and across North Staffordshire. Our main site is Harplands Hospital, which opened in 2001 and provides the setting for most of our inpatient units.

We provide services to people with a wide range of mental health and learning disability needs. Sometimes our service users need to spend time in hospital, but much more often we are able to provide care in community settings and in people's own homes.

We also provide specialist mental health services such as child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), substance misuse services and psychological therapies, plus a range of clinical and non-clinical services to support University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM).

Why North Staffordshire Combined Health Care:
  • 1 of only 2 specialist mental health Trusts in England with an overall 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission
  • 20th consecutive year of achieving financial surplus making us one of the top financial performers in the region
  • Best performing mental health Trust in the NHS Staff Survey
  • Wellbeing Academy offering a wide range of courses, workshops and activities to support people to discover interests and develop their skills on their mental health recovery journey
  • Praised by our service users for our commitment to partnership in involving them in deciding our priorities and making our appointments
  • Highest score in the country for creating a safe environment free from bullying and harassment
  • Fantastic record of winning awards, nominations and accolades throughout the year from health, care and research publications and organisations
  • Helping drive a new alliance of health and care providers to lead and transform NHS and council-led care services

The Local Area:

Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city in England. It is made up of six distinct towns - affectionately known as "THE POTTERIES". It has excellent commuter links but benefits from being within easy reach of beautiful countryside.

Next Steps:

To apply for this role please follow the link. If you would like further information or an informal discussion contact Dr Heather Mason (Principal Clinical Psychologist) on 0300 7900 234 email:

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameHeather MasonEmail

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We aim to be outstanding as a diverse and inclusive employer. We are keen to develop our workforce representation from currently under-represented groups, including Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities; Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) people and those living with physical, mental and/or sensory disability. We offer a variety of flexible working / job share opportunities for both full and part time staff. Applications are welcomed from current and previous service users.

All correspondence will be sent to you via the email address you applied from, please check your junk / spam email folders regularly.

We reserve the right to close the post in the event of high levels of response. You are advised to submit your application form as soon as possible. Priority will be given to NHS staff across the region who are at risk of redundancy, where the vacancy is at the same band or one below their current band and candidates meet the essential criteria for this post. All employees new to the Trust will be subject to a 6 month probationary period. Clinical staff bands 1-4 that are new to the Trust are required to complete a Care Certificate. ALL POSTS INVOLVING ACCESS TO PERSONS IN RECEIPT OF HEALTH SERVICES WILL BE SUBJECT TO A DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE DISCLOSURE.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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