Clinical Psychologist Learning Disability Adult - East LD Team

Main area
Community LD Psychologist
Band 8a
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 24.5 hours per week (Work between Monday-Friday)
Job ref
Carew House
£50,952 - £57,349 Pro Rata
Salary period
01/10/2023 23:59

Job overview

It’s an exciting time to join our community Learning disability (LD) team in Cornwall. 

We have an opportunity within the East LD Adult Community service for a year's maternity cover band 8a Clinical Psychologist.  This post will work alongside our other Clinical Psychologists in the team and also access support via our colleagues working in the west of the county.

This is a part time position of up to 24.5 hours and will be based at Carew House.

In this role your clinical expertise, training and high level of specialist experience are recognised with a genuine commitment to your career development and continued learning whilst you are with our team.

Proposed interview date:  TBC



Main duties of the job

To ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to the East Specialist Health Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities. To support the supervision of other psychologists within the wider Learning Disability team across Cornwall. To play a leading role in the specialist health service for adults with learning disabilities East team in promoting an understanding of all aspects of psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions. To supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by assistant psychologists, psychologists in training and other clinical members of the East team who provide psychologically based care and treatment. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team. To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the East team. To provide specialist assessment of adults with complex learning disabilities and communication disorders and difficulties, using specialist assessment tools and psychological inventories. To provide regular specialist psychological advice, guidance, consultation and training to all members of the East learning disabilities team and to private and third sector providers of care for adults with learning disabilities.

Working for our organisation

We’re an NHS community and mental health provider Trust based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We deliver community and hospital-based care to improve people’s physical and mental health.  We also provide specialist support to people with dementia or a learning disability.

We are a people organisation and people matter to us. As part of the team, you'll help support the health and wellbeing of the people who live and visit this beautiful part of the UK.

Over 4,000 people make up the Trust. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, plus admin and support staff.

We work in people's homes, in community clinics and bases.  Some staff work from one of our 13 community hospitals. Our aspiration is to have great people, provide great care, be a great place to work and a great partner.

Approximately 568,000 people live here. A third of people who live in Cornwall are supported by acute hospital services in Devon.  As a result, we also work closely with our partners in Devon. In the summer, and during other holidays lots of people choose to visit the area. This increases the numbers of people who use our services.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To view a detailed job description and person specification including the main responsibilities of this role please see ‘supporting documents’.

Person specification

Education / Qualifications and Relevant Experience

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Registration with Health Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical)
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of 2 years working with adults in either a clinic or community setting
  • Experience of working with adults with severe emotional/ behavioural difficulties including attachment insecurity, developmental trauma and concurrent mental health difficulties
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client’s psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary/agency care plan

Skills and Aptitude

Essential criteria
  • Well developed skills in communicating effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients and families, carers and other professional colleagues.
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate assessments and advise on interventions

At Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust we are proud to prioritise the development of our people. To support this, the following opportunities are available:

  • Career conversations and individual development plans for succession planning and talent management
  • Protected CPD time for registered staff
  • Access to a dedicated central development fund supporting CPD for all staff
  • Leadership and Management development programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • A full clinical induction programme for operational skills
  • Access to a care certificate programme for our band 1-4 clinical staff
  • A bespoke and robust preceptorship programme to support newly qualified staff
  • Individual professional development programmes

Being part of a successful NHS Foundation Trust brings a portfolio of rewards and benefits for our staff. These include:

  • Suite of health and wellbeing initiatives to support our colleagues physical and mental health
  • Free access to individual HARP portfolios to support revalidation for nursing staff
  • Free DBS checks where required
  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions
  • NHS Pension Scheme
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • The Trust reimburses all application costs for staff eligible to apply for EU settlement status.

The Trust reserves the right to close this advert once a sufficient number of applications have been submitted. It is encouraged that you complete the application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

If you are successful at the shortlisting stage of the recruitment process you will be contacted via email regarding interview details.

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust welcomes and values individuals with lived experience of mental or physical ill health joining our workforce. We aspire to have a culture that develops, promotes and supports lived experience roles - throughout the organisation.

If you are successful, you agree to Occupational Health accessing your health records from your current or previous employer to check the status of your inoculations and screening tests. Appointments are subject to full three year satisfactory references therefore please ensure you include correct contact details for your nominated referees including email addresses.

Any general recruitment queries, please contact our recruitment team on 01208 834644

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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

Further details / informal visits contact

Rebecca Goodey
Job title
Lead Psychologist
Email address
Telephone number
07967 660439
Additional information

Should you want to discuss further please do not hesitate to call team managers  (Kylie Cox and Karen Taylor job share) on 01208 834455 

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