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Main responsibilities-Clinical Psychologist job description

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the

team’s policies and procedures.

To contribute to identifying key areas and priorities for psychology service provision.

To utilise research skills for audit, service development and research.

To propose and implement changes within the area served by the team and service.

To supervise and support psychological assessment and treatment by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To supervise and support psychological assessment and treatment by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience-Clinical Psychologist job description

To ensure systematic provision of high quality specialist clinical psychology service to

Service Users.

Job Responsibilities:

To provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy interventions as well as offering advice and consultation on service user psychological care to nonpsychologist colleagues and other non-professional carers.


1. To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of service users referred to the team, based upon the appropriate use, analysis, interpretation and integration of highly complex psychological data from a variety of sources including: psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations, semi-structured interviews with service users, family

members and others involved in the service user’s care.


2. To be responsible for formulation and implementation of complex plans for formal psychological treatment and/or management of service users’ offending behaviours, mental health/learning disability/behavioural problems, based on an appropriate conceptual framework of the problems and employing methods of evidence based efficacy across the full range of care settings.



3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups based on formulations and drawing on different explanatory psychological models and maintaining a number of provisional


4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options and any adjustment to plans, as treatment progresses, taking into account theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical, developmental processes,

which have shaped the individual, family or group.

Clinical Psychologist job description


5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for psychological assessment, treatment and discharge of service users, communicating with the referral agent and others involved in care on a regular basis.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to colleagues in the team, carers from the public, private and voluntary sector and families, as well as courts and solicitors.

7. To ensure members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding care of service users through provision of advice and consultation and dissemination of psychological research and theory. To advise,

support and facilitate effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the team.

8. To undertake risk assessment and management of individual service users especially in relation to offending behaviour on behalf of the team and to provide advice for other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and


9. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner information concerning assessment, formulation and treatment plans and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni and multi disciplinary care.



10. To act as care co-ordinator, when required, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the service user needs, co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, taking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and

communicating effectively with the service user, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care and to monitor progress during the course of multidisciplinary interventions.


11. To be responsible for development of a specialists area of psychological interest and service in agreement with Head of Clinical Psychology Services and according to service priorities.


12. To provide reports to court and MHRT as required.



1. To maintain and develop skills in areas of professional pre- and post graduate training and clinical supervision.

2. To provide clinical placements of trainee clinical psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire necessary skills, competencies and experience and to evaluate these competencies. To supervise and manage work of trainees on placement.

3. To provide consultation and supervision to other non-psychologist staff in carrying out psychological work as appropriate.


4. To provide professional and clinical supervision to assistant psychologists, trainees and other staff as mutually agreed.

5. To provide advice, consultation and training and CPD activities for staff working with learning disabled offenders across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.












6. To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from senior colleagues and participate in peer supervision.

7. To participate as a senior clinician in the development of high quality responsive and accessible service including advising service and professional management on those aspects of service where psychological and organisational matters need addressing.

8. To ensure development and articulation of best practice by exercising the skills of a reflective and reflexive scientist practitioner to take part in regular professional appraisal supervision and maintaining up to date knowledge of relevant legislation , national and local policies and current developments in the field of psychology and Learning Disability Services.

9. To represent as and when required the Learning Disability Service as a whole to external agencies.

10. To contribute to identifying needs of service users in respect of current services and the planning of future provision and participate in appropriate planning and development meetings.

11. To participate as appropriate in staff recruitment, both in the short-listing process and as a member of interview panels for assistants and trainees and other staff members of the Forensic LD Service.

12. To exercise delegated responsibility for managing the psychological resources available to a team, whether in the form of additional qualified and unqualified graduate psychology staff, or in the form of psychological materials employed in the

assessment and treatment of learning disability service users.

13. To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service or team.

14. To advise and participate in service development in a specialist area of psychological interest and service in agreement with the Head of Psychology Service and be a resource for consultation to colleagues regarding this specialist area.

15. To manage assistant and trainee psychologists within the service area as well as offering clinical supervision for other members of the multi-disciplinary clinical team and for other professionals / agencies with the wider NHS and professional community.



1. To take the psychology lead as a senior clinician, in the evaluation, monitoring and development of the team’s operational policies, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit and ensuring incorporation of psychological frameworks for understanding and provision of high quality care.

2. To utilise evidence based literature and research to support practice and work.





3. To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff.

4. To undertake project management including complex audit and service evaluation with colleagues within and across the service to help develop and improve services.



Post graduate doctoral training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the

BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychological, two or more distinct

psychological therapies and life span developmental psychology.

Post doctoral training on one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice., demonstrated by further specialist

training/experience and through having received clinical supervision of working as specialist/highly specialist clinical

psychologist, self-study, case presentation, short courses relevant to specialist experience. Participation in peer supervision.



Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of 4 years, with 2 years with people with learning


Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care.

Experience of assessing and treating service users across the full range of care setting.

Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groupsacross the whole life course and presenting with the full range of

clinical severity across the full range of care setting, community and residential care settings. This includes maintaining a high degree

of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.

Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users’ psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified

care coordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary

care plan.

Experience of representing psychology within the context of the multi-disciplinary team.


Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.

Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment  intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and

intense concentration.

Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g.

personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).

Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies and their

application to people with learning disability.


Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups.

Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the

field of clinical psychology.

Knowledge of legislation, policies and ability to help others, apply good practice and principles of ‘Valuing People’ .

Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.

Working in a multi-disciplinary team, with the ability to work flexibly as a team member

Formal training in supervision of other psychologists


Clinical Psychologist job description


To ensure and maintain a high standard of clinical best practice as recommended by the profession and agreed locally inclusive of record, keeping, electronic data entry and recording, data management, report writing and personal and professional conduct and active participation in CPD, exercising self governance in accordance with professional Code of Conduct .