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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 22/09/2020.

Clinical Psychologist - Preceptorship opportunity

Job Reference: 310-ASMH-2513418-A

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Psychology
Union House, Cambridge
£45,753 - £51,668 pa pro rata


*If you are working towards a HCPC registration and would like to apply for this vacancy as a development role, please tick the box to say you have the qualification*

We have an exciting opportunity for either a newly qualified band 7 clinical psychologist looking for a post with potential career progression or for an established band 8a clinical psychologist to join our team of psychologists within the Cambridge adult locality teams.

The post-holder will be responsible for implementing psychological assessment, providing therapeutic interventions to people in the community and supporting the wider team to develop psychological understandings of people’s difficulties through consultation, supervision and training.

We are located in the vibrant University City of Cambridge. The locality service provides high quality care to people aged 17 and above, who are experiencing the symptoms of moderate to severe mental health difficulties. The service operates friendly and well established multi-disciplinary teams with a wide range of professionals contributing to the excellent care of the people that we support.

The post-holder will be required to work collaboratively with colleagues, liaising with external care providers and statutory agencies to support people and their families on their journey to wellbeing. Recovery principles are embedded in the work of the locality teams and we aim to support people to reach their potential by facilitating hope, empowering autonomy and developing meaning and purpose in life.

Supporting and developing psychologists within the team is of upmost importance to us. We encourage our psychologists to develop their skills and knowledge with CPD opportunities. We believe that research is central to the development and maintenance of effective teams and interventions. Our psychologists have close links with the Doctoral Clinical Psychology course at the University of East Anglia and they routinely place their trainees within our service.

We have benefitted from links with the Cambridge Clinical Research Centre in Affective Disorders (C2:AD) to translate research into clinical practice. A number of psychologists within the trust have completed ‘Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research & Care’ fellowships (CLAHRC). Clinical psychologists provide important input into the strategic development of services and there are future opportunities to engage in leadership development programmes.

We have a commitment to research and service audits in the field of mental health and the team is currently collaborating on a number of interesting projects, including piloting ‘an integrated CBT approach to depression’, a multisite single-case study with Newcastle University, evaluating Brief Psychological Interventions provided in the Cambridge Adult Locality Teams and recruiting to a study providing an online family resource for psychosis.

Our psychologists are continually developing a therapeutic directory of interventions. This has involved setting up a countywide ‘hearing voices network’, developing ‘brief psychological interventions’, delivering group work including ‘coping skills’, ‘introduction to CBT’, ‘checking related to anti-psychotic medication’, the ‘living well’ recovery group, ‘bipolar psycho-education’ group and a ‘compassion-focused therapy’ group.

CPFT fully supports professional clinical supervision requirements. Supervision will be provided by colleagues with expertise and experience of working with psychosis and effective disorders.

Relevant support and experience will be provided to ensure that successful newly qualified applicants will be able to transition from band 7 into a band 8a clinical psychology post after demonstrating significant post-qualifying experience and meeting the requirements for the role.

Relocation package available (conditions apply).

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr David Haggarty - Lead Clinical Psychologist

01223 341500

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) is an equal opportunities employer and believes in treating everyone with dignity and respect, encouraging applications from all sectors of the community.

We strongly encourage applications from all sections of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people and members of our BAME and LGBTQ+ communities. For further information about our positive equality, diversity and Inclusion work, please email

CPFT is looking to build upon its pool of temporary workers with Temporary Staffing Services (TSS). You will be asked at interview if you would be willing to register with TSS. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to take on additional hours that are flexible around their personal circumstances.

Internal CPFT applicants who are currently ‘at risk’ & who meet the essential criteria will be given prior consideration over other candidates who apply for this post. If you are ‘at risk’ please make it clear on your application so you receive priority consideration.

If you are successful at interview you will be subject to pre-employment checks, including a DBS (if appropriate) & references to cover 3 years of continuous employment. To ensure a smooth process please bring all identity documents to your interview. A list of required identity documents will be attached to your interview invitation.

In submitting an application form, you authorise CPFT to check any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

Please note that due to the variety of contacts you may provide it cannot be guaranteed that the recruitment process will be managed exclusively within the NHS email system.

We reserve the right to close adverts early should we receive sufficient applications.

COVID-19 / Face-to-Face interviews are currently not permitted, therefore will be conducted via Microsoft Teams.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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