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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 30/11/2020.

Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 367-EAN-4134

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
County Hall, Pegs Lane, Hertford, SG13 8DF, Hertford
£45,753 - £51,668 per annum

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 in the 'Further Links' section of this advert. 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 (If you are experiencing problems please call 01707 253878).

The Role

We are seeking a part-time (0.5 FTE, 18.75 hours) Band 8a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist (Adult Mental Health Speciality) who is motivated to help change the lives of some of the most vulnerable families in Hertfordshire. The post is based within the Family Safeguarding Service of Hertfordshire County Council (permanently seconded from HPFT) and would best suit a clinical psychologist with some experience of assessing and providing evidence-based interventions for adult with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.


A first in the UK, our ground-breaking family safeguarding model will bring together all the professionals we need, 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. The second wave of the project is to provide direct assessments and therapeutic interventions to children involved with child protection who have experienced abuse and trauma and are presenting with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. An important focus of our 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.


You will be managed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and work alongside a team of 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 children 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 Hertford. Assessments and Interventions will 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.

This is an exciting opportunity for Clinical 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.

For further details / informal visits contact:

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

NameDR Clare NorrisJob titleConsultant Clinical PsychologistEmail addressclare.norris3@nhs.netTelephone number07342060119

About us

Work for an NHS trust that’s been rated as 'OUTSTANDING' by the CQC. Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is a successful provider of mental health and learning disability services with ambitions to be the leading provider in the country. We are already delivering services as far afield as Norfolk and North Essex as well as for the population of Hertfordshire. 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. We are currently embarking on a major transformation programme that will change the way that we deliver our services. We are also delighted to be named in the top 100 list of the best places to work in the health service in 2014, which is due to the national staff survey results as well as our range of engagement activities, the diversity of our staff, support for employees with a disability or those who have suffered mental ill health themselves, and our training and development programmes.

Additional Information

HPFT is committed to being an equal opportunities employer and in order to reflect the diversity of its population, positively encourages applications from all areas of the community. We aim to be a representative organisation with regards to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, beliefs and sexual orientation and are fully committed to equality, diversity and human rights and encourage applications from all sections of the community including users of mental health services.

The Trust is committed to helping staff balance work and home life and welcomes applications from candidates wishing to work part-time or under flexible working arrangements.

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.

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