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Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a - Band 7 Preceptorship post considered for newly qualified candidates

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Family Care
Band 8a - Band 7 Preceptorship post considered for newly qualified candidates
Part time - 30 hours per week
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Across East Lancashire Sites
Across East Lancashire Sites
£41,659 - £54,619 per annum
Salary period
14/04/2023 23:59

At East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to be widely recognised for providing safe, personal and effective care.  We currently provide high quality services and treat over 600,000 people across East Lancashire and the surrounding area. We employ over 9,500 staff, many of whom are internationally renowned and have won awards for their work.

Job overview

The post holder will work as a specialist member of the clinical multi-disciplinary team to assist in providing the highest quality clinical care and treatment for young people, their families and/or carers.  The post holder will work closely with other team members from a variety of clinical and service backgrounds to provide a psychological perspective to cases. This will involve managing a caseload of complex young people with a variety of emotional mental health disorders up to the age of 18.   The post holder will work mainly across the Blackburn with Darwen area but be expected to travel and work from various clinical locations as required for whole service cover. 

Main duties of the job

You will be a dynamic and forward thinking person who is prepared to meet the challenges of a changing service, having the skills to manage and influence these changes, whilst providing guidance and specialist input to the multi-disciplinary team.   

An ability to assess, formulate and intervene from a multi-theoretical perspective is a must as is the ability to work with young people and families from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

Evidence of at least 2 years CAMHS experience is essential whilst knowledge of IT systems would be advantageous.   Supervision requirements are acknowledged and supported by East Lancashire Hospitals Trust and these will be negotiated with the successful candidate in order to meet local and professional need.

We want to support you in developing your career in children, young people and young adults’ mental health, and give you the opportunity to drive your ideas forward, having a positive impact on the lives of children and young people.

 The service currently operates from the Burnley General Hospital site with well-established community clinics running in both Darwen and Blackburn.  The role involves travel between sites, so access to private transport for work purposes is essential.

Working for our organisation

Due to service developments, an exciting vacancy has arisen for an experienced  and enthusiastic Child Clinical Psychologist to contribute to work within our CAMHS locality team.   As a Clinical Psychologist within the team you will be responsible for the individual clinical work together with supervision and development of other staff working within a multi-disciplinary team setting that genuinely values psychological perspectives and expertise. 

At ELCAS, our vision is to be a recognised centre of excellence providing high quality Child and Adolescent psychological and mental health services that exceed people’s expectations.   As well as rated Outstanding by the CQC, we are also accredited by the Quality Network for Community CAMHS, part of the Royal College of Psychiatry Centre for Quality Improvement.

Whilst the post holder will be expected to work autonomously, it is envisaged that this would be a first step to a seamless intensive assessment and treatment service for young people with highly complex needs and mental health difficulties. There are opportunities  to develop your own clinical specialisms.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to children, young people and their families, who access specialist children’s mental health services.

To provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and psychological therapy. The emphasis is on delivering a high quality community oriented service, using evidence based practice

To offer advice and consultation to non-psychological colleagues and to other non-professional carers where psychological intervention is a key aspect of treatment programmes.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service’s policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit policy and service development within the area served by the service.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent) as accredited by the BPS/HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology. Skilled with administering, scoring and interpreting clinical psychometrics.
  • Proficiency in using two or more distinct psychological therapies and extensive knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology
  • Significant experience at similar grade working flexibility
Desirable criteria
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields or applied psychology
  • Experience as a psychologist.


Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients
  • Experience of working with a children
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervising
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of selection and recruitment
  • Experience of contributing to a psychological perspective within the context of multidisciplinary care
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/ or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non -professional groups
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Ability to plan and prioritise own clinical workload
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
Desirable criteria
  • Understanding arising from personal experience of physical and /or mental health problems
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Jo Weller
Job title
Head of Service
Email address
Telephone number
01282 803317
Additional information

Sarah Thornton

Senior Clinical Psychologist

01282 804806 /