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Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Clinical/Counselling Psychology, Family Safeguarding
Band 8a
  • Full time
  • Part time
  • Job share
37.5 hours per week
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Farnham House, Six Hills Way, Stevenage, SG1 2ST
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata
Salary period
24/09/2021 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.

The pioneering and award-winning Family Safeguarding Service in Hertfordshire is expanding further due to its success and we are seeking 4.5, Band 8a Clinical or Counselling Psychologists who are motivated to help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Hertfordshire. (Applicants at band 7 will also be considered for a band 7 to 8a progression posts. See criteria for progression in attachments).

The posts are based within the Family Safeguarding Service of Hertfordshire County Council but are employed by Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust and practice governance is provided from the NHS Trust. Two of the posts are focused on the parents’ mental health and would best suit a practitioner with relevant experience of assessing and intervening with adults with complex needs. The remaining posts are focused on the children and their families involved with the service and would best suit a practitioner with relevant experience of assessing and intervening with children with complex needs and their families and systems.

A first in the UK, Hertfordshire’s ground-breaking family safeguarding model brings together all the professionals needed, under one roof, to provide intensive support to parents to address the substance misuse, mental health and domestic abuse that place children at risk of significant harm. An important focus of the project is to invest in training all team members to a high standard in motivational interviewing, to engage parents and children in conducting their own assessments of risk and change, to make group work and strengthening relationships work part of our everyday work. The model has been positively evaluated by the DFE and is currently being adopted by many other Local Authorities around the UK.

You will be managed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and work alongside a team of psychologists, mental health practitioners, social workers and other professionals with parents and their children where there is high risk of severe parenting problems including maltreatment and neglect. The post includes providing specialist assessments and evidence-based interventions (individual and group interventions) with parents, children and their families and systems with emotional, behavioural and mental health difficulties, consultation to the multi-disciplinary safeguarding service, compiling psychological reports and contributing to the development and evaluation of this innovative service. You will join a dedicated and enthusiastic multi-disciplinary team committed to developing the highest standards of clinical assessment and treatment for the most vulnerable infants, children and parents. There will be ample opportunity to apply a wide range of core psychology skills.


The post-holders will be based at Hertfordshire County Council offices in either Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertford or Stevenage. A hybrid model of agile, virtual and face to face working is in practice. Assessments and Interventions can sometimes take place in service user’s homes and at different sites across Hertfordshire so a car driver with access to a car is essential (unless the candidate is unable due to a disability). There are professional links across Hertfordshire, with structures in place for supervision and governance. There are also strong links with the University of Hertfordshire Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Training Course with opportunities for contributing to teaching and taking trainee clinical psychologists on placement.

Hertfordshire County council’s Children’s Services has been rated as good (with parts of the service rated as outstanding) and HPFT was rated ‘outstanding’ in our most recent CQC inspection.

This is an exciting opportunity for Psychologists with an interest in this very specialist field to contribute to the delivery and on-going development of our family assessment and safeguarding service. Part time working and Job shares will be considered.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Clare Norris, Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist, Family Safeguarding at 07342060119

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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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Clare Norris
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Consultant Clinical Psychologist
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