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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 17/09/2021.

Clinical Psychologist – Principal

Job Reference: 832-2021-SP-815

Livewell Southwest CIC
L Dis Com Nursing Team
£45,753 to £51,668 pa

Livewell Southwest is an award-winning provider of NHS health and social care services in Plymouth and NHS community health services in South Hams and West Devon. Quality care is at the heart of our philosophy to help keep people safe, well and at home.

A leader in integrated care, we continue to innovate our services into multidisciplinary teams shaped around our localities. As a social enterprise, we offer excellent terms and conditions and future career development opportunities. Our locations offer an exciting work life balance, with Dartmoor and glorious beaches on the doorstep and Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City offering culture and excellent travel links.

37.5 hours per week – permanent.


We are delighted to offer this exciting opportunity for an experienced clinical psychologist to join the Plymouth Community Learning Disabilities Team on a permanent basis. 

Our CQC rated ‘Outstanding’ CLDT comprises of a range of disciplines who work together in a collaborative multidisciplinary team.  We provide specialist input to clients with a range of complex physical and mental health needs, and liaise with colleagues to ensure fair access to other statutory and non-statutory services.  We are a dynamic and developing service, which strives for excellence. We have received national recognition from NHS England for our work in repatriating people from long stay hospitals as part of the Winterbourne View Concordat, winning a Nursing Times Award in recognition of this work.   We have also been awarded ‘Outstanding Clinical Teamwork’ as part of the NHS Pride of Plymouth Awards. Person-centred values are at the heart of all our work.  

We are looking for a psychologist who is enthusiastic about working with people with learning disabilities, and able to take a prominent role within our CLDT.  Clinical work within the CLDT is complex and varied, offering opportunities for psychologists to develop their skills in a broad range of areas including staff consultation, cognitive change and dementia, psychological therapies (including group therapy), positive behaviour support, forensics, complex assessment, service development and research. The post holders would work as autonomous practitioners and would be expected to develop specialist responsibilities within the CLDT that balance their experience, interests, and the needs of the service.  Candidates should also be passionate advocates for person centred values.

Psychology is an integral part of our multi-disciplinary team, and the post holder would be expected to develop close working relationships with colleagues from other disciplines, for example through joint working, consultation and supervision.   Our team values curiosity, connection with others, and we are continually striving to work together to improve our services.  Clinical supervision is provided robustly, and the post holder would be expected to fulfil their roles as both a supervisee and a supervisor. The post holder would also be accountable to a line manager within the CLDT. 


This is an excellent opportunity to develop your career in psychology within an outstanding community based service offering real job satisfaction. 

Livewell Southwest provides a wide range of mandatory training for staff and the service supports its clinicians through in-house training and development opportunities as well as supporting identified learning needs through the appraisal process. The post holder will be expected to complete on-going competency based learning to evidence proficiency and high standards; for which internal support through line-management and other supervisory processes is provided.


Plymouth, and the surrounding coasts and National Parks, offer an accessible and varied range of social and leisure pursuits; this post is ideally suited to someone wishing to combine a challenging and satisfying job with a great quality of life.


Information about LWSW:

Livewell Southwest values its staff and makes investment in their development a priority. Currently we offer the following development opportunities for staff:

  • A minimum of three days protected CPD for registered staff  
  • Development pathways for unregistered staff from apprentice to bands 2, 3 and 4 and for registered staff in bands 5, 6, 7 and 8
  • Leadership programmes
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Medicines Management, leg Ulcer Management and Assessment Training
  • Access and funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course and Scholarship Into Nurse Training
  • Robust Preceptorship
  • An induction programme tailored to your needs
  • Relocation package may be considered for the right candidate for certain roles

Rewards and benefits

  • Discounts available from retailers, UK hotels and main attractions – often up to 15% savings
  • NHS Pension Scheme and competitive Pension Scheme with Scottish Widows and/or Government Pension scheme (conditions apply)
  • Lease car scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation/conditions apply)
  • Cycle to work scheme (available after satisfactory completion of probation)
  • Childcare vouchers
  • School holiday childcare subsidies
  • Multiple flexible working options

Livewell Southwest can allow existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme to continue their membership when they join the organisation.


All Livewell Southwest staff are expected to able and willing to work across a 7 day service.



Job share(s) considered.



Informal enquiries to: Dr Deanna Gallichan (Consultant Clinical Psychologist), via; Dr Kathy McKay, via or Isabel Smith (Line Manager), via

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Additional opportunities:

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