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COVID-19 Vacancy Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Development Post

NHS AfC: Band 8c

Main area
Learning Disability
NHS AfC: Band 8c
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Lexden Hospital
£67,064 - £91,787 Per annum, pro rata
Salary period
09/02/2023 23:59

Values Based Screener

At Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation Trust we are looking for people to join us who share our values and those of the NHS. Before your application can be considered please take part on our online values questionnaire, which you can find below. When you have finished you will be sent a 'completion code' by email, which will be valid for 6 months and required to submit your application form.


Job overview

We are looking to recruit an experienced and enthusiastic clinical psychologist to head up the psychological service in our North Essex learning disability service. 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services, rated Outstanding by CQC. We are a Values Based organisation and our aim is to ensure that we deliver an experience that is consistently welcoming, kind, positive, respectful and professional, because these are the values that our service users, carers and staff told us meant the most to them.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work in partnership with the management team to ensure the provision of a high-quality specialist psychological service to adults with a Learning Disability in North Essex.

This is a Band 8c/8d development post.  The post holder will be able to progress from Band 8c to band 8d once they demonstrate that they meet the competencies specified for Band 8d. 

Working for our organisation

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.


Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.


The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:


Our Trust values are:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.


These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!


Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be?


Then please read on…”

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist psychological service to adults with a Learning Disability in North Essex.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service.
  • Work with the service line lead to ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the support of all psychological service staff.
  • Carry out audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes, for adults with LD in North Essex and the wider context of the Trust.
  • Propose and implement policy and service development changes and part of the management team.
  • Hold a specialist caseload and offer expert consultation on specific cases.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Further training in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-doctoral training (diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, together with an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice with an experienced clinical supervisor, at an equivalent level to a postgraduate diploma. Completion of a clinical supervision training (short course) sufficient to be able to supervise doctoral trainees.
Desirable criteria
  • Post graduate management qualification
  • Management/ leadership training


Essential criteria
  • Substantial experience as working as a qualified practitioner within mental health services designed for meeting the needs of those with Learning Disabilities.
  • Extensive experience of specialist assessment and treatment of Individuals with Learning Disabilities as a full member of a multi-disciplinary team located in community services or an inpatient setting.
  • Extensive experience of working with a wide range of individuals with Learning Disabilities and presenting problems that present the whole range of complexity.
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team and working with other agencies.
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional supervision of other specialist practitioners.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Trust IDMenopause Friendly EmployerMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Age positiveDisability confident employerCare quality commission - OutstandingStonewall equality policy. Equality and justice for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans people.

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

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Andrew Adlem
Job title
Professional Lead for Psychological Services in LD
Email address
Telephone number
07825 724 512