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Clinical Psychologist

NHS England Apprenticeships
Competitive salary
Closing date
31 May 2022

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Clinical or Counselling Psychologists Band 8a or Band 7 to 8a preceptorships, (Learning Disabilities) - Two full-time, permanent posts.

We are looking for two enthusiastic clinical or counselling psychologists who have a genuine passion for working with people with learning disabilities to join the Community Learning Disability Team (CLDT) in Bolton. The positions will be offered at either Band 8a or within a Band 7 to 8a preceptorship, dependent upon experience.

You will provide a direct clinical service to adults with learning disabilities who have complex presentations. This will include the provision of consultancy and advice to other clinical staff. You will also contribute to the on-going planning, development and evaluation of the specialty and local learning disability services. Upon appointment to Band 8a you will have additional responsibility for developing the psychology service provision across our priority areas.

Main duties of the job

CLDT psychology in Bolton is based within a very well- established integrated service. The service is truly joint agency and multi-disciplinary. There is a strong, supportive and experienced health contingent, with other clinical lead roles across nursing, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy. There is an integrated management structure, to which your input will be most valued, and NHS staff work effectively and congenially with social care colleagues. There are also established Intensive Support and Transition Teams.

The specialty has priority areas across our services for adults with autistic spectrum conditions, young adults (18-25) with complex psychological presentations and adults at risk of offending, including those falling within Transforming Care . Therefore, a desire to, and experience of working with these client groups would be advantageous. The service has a strong commitment to supporting CPD and the psychology section has regularly provided placements for trainee clinical psychologists from the Manchester and Lancaster Doctoral Programmes. Appointment to a preceptorship role will include funding and support for a suitable program of learning and experience Therefore, those who have recently qualified or will do so this year, and who have an interest in developing their careers in learning disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

About us

This is an additionally exciting time for the specialty as there will be a newly appointed clinical lead for psychology, soon to take up the post. This follows the planned retirement of the previous post holder. The posts therefore offer the opportunity to join what will effectively be a new psychology team and so to help shape the specialty at a time of change and renewal.

Bolton Foundation Trust aims to ensure the wellbeing and development of all our staff team and are committed to the continuous improvement of staff engagement initiatives.This is reflected in the NHS staff survey results where, for the fourth consecutive year, the Trust obtained the highest scores in Greater Manchester for the theme of Staff Engagement.

Bolton itself is a culturally diverse university town within easy motorway access of Manchester and surrounding areas. The team base of Farnworth Town Hall offers on site and convenient street parking and is within minutes of the M60/M61/M62 motorway networks for those who may wish to travel from further afield.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information regarding the key responsibilities of this role please see the attached job description. If you have any further questions regarding this role please do not hesitate to contact us via the information below.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registered as a practitioner psychologist



  • Clinical experience of working with adults with learning disability.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the application of theory to clinical practice to clients with learning disabilities who have complex needs.
  • Research and evaluation skills
  • Consultation and teaching skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  • General skills in use of IT applications



  • Car driver with vehicle access for work/ subject to terms of Disability Discrimination Act.



  • Supervision and consultation work with other health and social care professionals.
  • Experience of working with adults with learning disabilities at risk of offending, and adults with autism.

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust


Farnworth Town Hall

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