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Clinical Psychologist

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

Main area
Family Care
Band 8a - Band 7 Preceptorship post considered for newly qualified candidates
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Blackburn With Darwen Local Authority
Blackburn with Darwen
£40,057 - £53,219 per annum
Salary period
19/07/2022 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 8,000 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 who are in the care of the local authority and also on the edge of care.   The post holder will work as a member of both the ELCAS clinical team and Blackburn with Darwen’s Children’s Services REVIVE Team to assist in providing detailed assessments of children’s psychological needs moving into permanence.   The post holder will be expected to provide expert psychological consultation and advice to the multi-agency networks around children in care and on the edge of care



Main duties of the job

Working across both Blackburn with Darwen local authority the Health, the post holder will undertake comprehensive assessments at a highly specialist level with children who are looked after or on the edge of care.  Undertake the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including diagnostic tools psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, ratings scales, direct and indirect observations and semi-structured  interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care

Provide comprehensive clinical reports clearly outlining clinical reasoning and recommendations, including highly complex case management.

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.

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. 

Whilst the post holder will be expected to work autonomously, this post is part of a small core team working with children looked after and on the edge of care.   


Working for our organisation

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.  

You will be a dynamic and forward thinking person who can  meet the challenges of a changing service,  whilst providing guidance and specialist input to the multi-disciplinary team.   

Evidence of  CAMHS experience is  advantageous whilst knowledge of IT systems would be advantageous.   Supervision requirements are acknowledged and supported 

 The service offers placements for trainees from a wide range of disciplines including nursing and clinical psychology.    You will be expected to contribute to the overall training offered within the service and to outside agencies.  There are good links with the Universities of Manchester, Liverpool and Central Lancashire.

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is a large and integrated healthcare organisation, with a vision to be widely recognised for delivering safe, personal and effective care. ELCAS is part of the Division of Family Care, and we have close relationships with Paediatric colleagues. We have an innovative Primary Care team working with local GPs and schools, and enjoy strong relationships with a range of third sector agencies through our CYP IAPT Partnership.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for a more in-depth description of responsibilities.

The role involves travel between sites, so access to private transport for work purposes is essential.

Advertised at a Band 8, but would consider a Band 7 preceptorship role

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

Physical Skills

Essential criteria
  • Access to private transport for work purposes

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Happy to Talk Flexible WorkingPositive about disabled peopleInvestors in PeopleCare quality commission - GoodDisability confident committedStep into health

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

Jemma Hill - Principal Clinical Psychologist