North West Area Centre, Kilmarnock
Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship)(Fixed Term)
Band 7: £30,460 - £40,157 PA
Post Ref: S/243/11
As part of an Ayrshire wide Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service you
will work within a multi-disciplinary team and be managed by a Consultant
Clinical Psychologist colleague. The Child Psychology Service provides
assessment, support and intervention to children and adolescents and their
families. Within this post you will deliver multi-disciplinary diagnostic
assessment and also provide post-diagnostic support and interventions to
children and adolescents within the CAMHS population. You will work
closely with Child Psychology colleagues and with colleagues within the
multi-disciplinary team where consultation and training will be important
elements of the Service. The post is focused on Tier 3 CAMHS; you will be
expected to develop your clinical skills and experience. We are keen to
attract committed clinicians who are comfortable working within a
multidisciplinary team but can adapt to offer appropriate clinical assessments
and interventions for the full range of clients who are typically referred to
The post will be managed and professionally led from within Consulting and
Clinical Psychology Services which provides an area-wide psychological
service across four administrative bases throughout Ayrshire. Staff includes
approximately 108 Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Group
Analytic Therapists, Clinical Nurse Specialists in CBT, Counsellors, Graduate
Assistant Psychologists, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Trainees, Clinical
Associates in Applied Psychology, and Administrative and Clerical Staff. Staff
work within the following specialty services:
Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service
Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Services
Learning Disabilities Service
Child Health (including CAMHS and Paediatric Medicine)
Clinical Health Psychology
Forensic Clinical Psychology – a new service within adult mental health (initially
within psychiatric rehab)
The service places a strong emphasis on governance and CPD; provides
opportunities for further training and has a number of internal special interest and
current working groups. The service has close links with the University of
Glasgow, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Course.
You will have an Honours Degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1) and be eligible
for Graduate Membership of the British Psychological Society.
A car owner/driver is essential.
Hours: 37.5 per week, over 5 days.
This post is fixed term for 9 months.
Informal enquiries to Mr Morgan MacPhail, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Tel:
For an application form please contact the Department of O&HRD, Crosshouse
Hospital, 63A Lister Street, Kilmarnock, KA2 0BE, Tel: 01563 825725 or e-mail
Closing Date: Friday 7 October 2011
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
POST OF: Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship)
BASE: North West Area Centre, Kilmarnock
REF NO: S/243/11
Thank you for applying for the above post with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. This
information sheet summarises the terms and conditions related to the post.
ABOUT THE POST:
JOB DESCRIPTION: A job description is attached.
CONTRACT: This post is fixed term for a period of 9
SALARY: BAND 7
£30,460 - £40,157 per annum (pro-rata
Your salary will be paid into your bank account
on the last Thursday of each month.
HOURS OF WORK: Full Time - 37.5 hours per week, over 5
Existing NHS staff who at 1 December 2004
had a right to protected whole time hours under
Agenda for Change agreement and who are
moving within the same discipline of staff
have the right to retain their protected whole
ANNUAL LEAVE Leave year is from April - March. Annual leave
entitlement for full time staff on appointment is
202.5 hours (27 days), with 217.5 hours (29
days) upon completion of 5 years NHS service
and 247.50 hours (33 days) after 10 years
NHS service, based on 5 days a week at 7.50
Part time staff will be paid pro rata.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Entitlement is 60 hours based on the 8
designated Public Holidays per annum, and on
a 5 day week working 7.5 hours per day. The
60 hours entitlement is due to all whole time
staff irrespective of work pattern.
For part time staff, this will be applied on a
pro-rata basis and also allocated in hours.
CAR: A car owner/driver is essential.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE: The conditions of service are those laid down
and amended from time to time by the
appropriate negotiating bodies e.g. NHS Staff
Council/NHS Pay Negotiating Council.
KSF The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework is
essentially a development tool but will also
contribute to decisions about pay progression.
It will promote equality for and diversity of all
staff, having the same opportunities for
learning, development and review. It will
promote effectiveness at work – with managers
and staff being clear about what is required
within a post. It will support effective learning
and development of individuals – with all
members of staff being supported to learn
throughout their careers.
SUPERANNUATION: Employees are automatically opted into the
NHS (Scotland) Superannuation Scheme.
Contributions are at the rate of 6.5%.
Employees may opt out by completing Form
RETIREMENT: The normal Retirement age for employees is
65 years. Requests to work beyond this age
under the provisions of the Age Regulations
2006 will be considered in accordance with the
DISABLED APPLICANTS: A disability or health problem does not
preclude full consideration for the job and
applications from people with disabilities are
welcome. All information will be treated as
confidential. NHS Ayrshire & Arran has been
approved, by the Employment Services
Department, as an Equal Opportunities
employer with a positive policy towards
employment of disabled people. NHS Ayrshire
& Arran guarantees to interview all applicants
with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria
for the post.
You will note on our application form we ask for
relevant information with regards to your
disability. This is simply to ensure that we can
assist you, if you are called for interview, to
have every opportunity to present your
application in full. We may call you to discuss
your needs in more detail if you are selected
ASYLUM AND The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and
IMMIGRATION ACT 1996 2004 requires employment checks to ensure
AND 2004 (Section 8) that all employees are legally employed in the
United Kingdom. Candidates will be asked to
provide relevant original documents prior to an
offer of employment being made. Any offer of
employment will only be made when the
organisation is satisfied that the candidate is
the rightful holder of the documents and is
legally eligible for employment within the
TRAVEL EXPENSES Reasonable travel expenses incurred when
INCURRED WHEN attending for interview will be reimbursed. The
ATTENDING FOR travel expenses for the successful candidate
INTERVIEW: will be paid when they take up post and will be
included in their first monthly salary. Please
note however reimbursement of expenses shall
not be made to individuals who refuse an offer
of employment on grounds which, in the
opinion of NHS Ayrshire & Arran, are
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses may be payable to the
successful candidate, in accordance with the
Policy. This is available on request from the
Department of O&HR Development.
Candidates who require to relocate to take up
post, should discuss this with the interview
MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Any offer of employment is conditional upon a
satisfactory medical report from our
Occupational Health Services. You may be
offered employment conditional on
confirmation that you are medically fit for
employment. A commencement date for
employment will only be agreed following this
POLICY RELATING TO STAFF Candidates for posts which involve exposure
WITH BLOODBORNE VIRUS prone procedures will not be allowed to
INFECTION: commence employment until they have been
assessed as fit to perform EPPs by
Occupational Health. The pre-employment
screening must be completed prior to any job
offer being made. Where a candidate is not
able to perform EPPs, Occupational Health will
notify the appropriate manager that the
candidate is „fit with restrictions‟ and is unable
to perform EPPs. The health status of the
individual will not normally be notified to
management. Where the restrictions
recommended by Occupational Health are
unable to be accommodated due to the clinical
duties of any of the posts within the staff
groups specified in the policy, an offer of
employment to the post will not be made.
Candidates who are not offered employment
due to being deemed unfit to undertake EPPs
as an essential requirement for a post, may be
offered the opportunity to apply for another
advertised vacant post and be considered with
The pre-employment screening for EPP posts
above do not apply to staff undertaking non-
EPP posts who could have direct contact with
blood, bloodstained body fluids or patients‟
tissue in the course of their work activities.
These staff will be offered and strongly advised
to be immunised against Hepatitis B in line with
the Immunisation Policy including recall for
boosters and further antibody checks.
DISCLOSURE SCOTLAND All employees who apply for posts which are
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders
(Police Act 1997 Part V) and Act 1974 and who have access to patients in
Protection of Vulnerable the course of their employment will be
Groups Scotland Act 2007 required to consent to a Disclosure Scotland
Criminal Records Check or join the Protection
of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Any offer of
employment is conditional upon a satisfactory
check or confirmation of scheme membership
being received and a commencement date for
employment will only be agreed following this
REFERENCES Two satisfactory written references must be
obtained prior to any offer of employment being
made. These should include current and
previous employers as requested in the job
application form. This is in line with the
Recruitment and Selection Policy.
APPLICATIONS: Please note that we no longer acknowledge
receipt of applications therefore, unless you
are shortlisted to attend for interview, you will
not receive any further communication.
INFORMAL ENQUIRIES: Informal enquiries are welcomed by Mr
Morgan MacPhail, Consultant Clinical
Psychologist, who can be contacted on 01294
CLOSING DATE: Your completed application form should be
Department of O&HR Development
63A Lister Street
By Friday 7 October 2011
LOCATION - AYRSHIRE
Situated in attractive south-west Scotland on the Firth of Clyde coastline is the
glorious countryside of Ayrshire which you‟ll soon discover is a very special
corner of Scotland. Ayrshire roads are quiet, the countryside peaceful but even
so its easy to get here by road, rail, or air.
Local attractions include country parks, museums - there‟s Robert Burns and
1000‟s of years of history and heritage to enjoy, sports - sailing, watersports,
swimming, riding, golf to mention but a few.
Starting in the North at the family resort of Largs the coastal route runs south
through the seaports of Ardrossan and Saltcoats to Irvine - Scotland‟s only New
Town by the sea. From Irvine you can take in the breathtaking beauty of the
Ayrshire countryside - visit Kilmarnock with its famous Dean Castle and Country
Park then inland through the lace making towns of Galston, Newmilns and
Darvel. Further south and you are in Doon Valley - the heart of Ayrshire‟s
industrial heritage. Back on the coastal route south of Irvine is Troon, another
popular resort and the start of Ayrshire‟s famous Golf Coast. On this stretch of
Ayrshire Coast Ayr is the premier resort and is also the ideal base for exploring
the Burns Heritage Trail and visiting Burn‟s birthplace in Alloway.
From Ayr the coastal route to Girvan includes the picturesque harbour village of
Dunure and the National Trust‟s major attraction - Culzean Castle. Inland is the
ancient capital of Carrick - Maybole with its castle and tollbooth. Here in South
Ayrshire the nearby Carrick forests and hills offer superb walking country. The
popular seaside town of Girvan would be your last port of call or you could
continue southwards to Ballantrae along a spectacular rugged coastline
notorious in the past as a haven for smugglers.
From North to South the countryside is very varied with something to suit
everyone - we like living and working here - and think you will too!
WITHIN EASY ACCESS TO GLASGOW:-
Most locations within Ayrshire are also within easy access of Glasgow by rail or
road with all the benefits and attractions found in a major city. These include the
Theatre Royal, Concert Hall, Burrell Collection, Citizen‟s Theatre, Home of the
Scottish Opera, RSNO, Scottish Ballet, Glasgow‟s famous street market - at the
We aim to provide a no smoking environment for staff, patients and visitors with
smoking only permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking Cessation
Promoters are appointed in key locations and actively encourage staff, patients
and visitors through the provision of information and access to support to give up
ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY
NHS Ayrshire & Arran operates an Alcohol and Drug Policy to protect the safety
of all patients, visitors and staff with the aim of promoting well being and reducing
The Board has set up a staff lottery and the cost of a chance in each monthly
draw is deducted directly from your wage/salary if you decide to enter the
scheme. Half the proceeds of the lottery are paid out as prizes and the
remaining half is used to provide amenities, facilities and services for both
patients and staff.
During the year bumper prizes can be won and in the past these have included
large cash prizes, luxury holidays and cars.
Medicash is a “not for profit” health insurance company which is owned by its
members. Benefits to members requiring NHS care include grants when
admitted to hospital, nursing home or day care and dental and optical grants.
To enable staff to benefit from membership of MEDICASH the Division provides
facilities for membership contributions to be deducted direct from pay. Details
can be obtained from your manager.
Information on Discounts given to staff by several local businesses will be
available on taking up employment.
NHS AYRSHIRE & ARRAN
1. JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title: Clinical Psychologist
Responsible to (insert job title): Consultant Clinical Psychologist/Principal Clinical
Department(s): Consulting & Clinical Psychology Services
Directorate: Mental Health Division
Job Reference number (coded): S/243/11
No of Job Holders:
Last Update (insert date):
2. JOB PURPOSE
Clinical Psychologists are required;
To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service to clients of the service team, across all
sectors of care; providing specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as
offering advice and consultation on clients‟ psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and
to other, non professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the
overall framework of the team‟s policies and procedures.
To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area
served by the team/service.
The purpose of this job is to provide direct service uses care and treatment as well as specialist
psychological resource to the multi disciplinary team. this is a preceptorship role and the
Psychologist will be expected to acquire further skills through post-doctoral training and
3. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT
Clinical Psychologists within NHS Ayrshire & Arran provide specialist psychology services
encompassing the following Child Health, (Community Paediatrics, Medical Paediatrics and Child &
Adolescent Mental Health), Adult Mental Health, (Primary Care, Community Mental Health Teams,
Continuing Care and Rehabilitation and Acute In Patients), Older Adult Services, Forensic,
Learning Disabilities, General Medicine and Neuropsychology, University of Glasgow Doctoral
Services are delivered via Multidisciplinary Teams, Departments and Specialist Services.
CONSULTANT OR PRINCIPAL PSYCHOLOGIST
4. SCOPE AND RANGE
Psychology Services are responsible for
providing a specialist psychology service for all clients of the service.
providing training to staff within the service involved in the delivery of psychologically-based
providing specialist clinical supervision to staff delivering formal psychological therapies, such
as cognitive-behavioural therapy.
providing specialist psychological research expertise to the service.
this post holds no budgetary responsibilities.
5. MAIN DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the
appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources
including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct
and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family
members and others involved in the client‟s care.
2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management
of a client‟s mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the
client‟s problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of 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, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis,
adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models
and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical
and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental
processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and
discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care
6. To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals
contributing directly to clients‟ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
7. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and
care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client
8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice
to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
9. To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and
review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and
others involved the network of care.
10. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment,
formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the
course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
Teaching, training, and supervision
NB. Clinical supervision: term specific to Psychology and relates to a process of reviewing
clinical practice; leading to the development of practice. It is distinct from the Job
Evaluation definition of supervision.
1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and,
where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
2. To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above
that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed, up to two
sessions per week [pro rata].
3. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision
and to provide supervision to other MDT staff‟s psychological work, as appropriate.
4. To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as
appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists.
5. To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling
psychology, as appropriate.
6. To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range
of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
Management, recruitment, policy and service development
1. To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team‟s operational policies
and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and
2. To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where
psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
3. To manage the workloads of assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the
team/service‟s policies and procedures.
4. To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of assistant/graduate
Research and service evaluation
1. To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in
individual work and work with other team members.
2. To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking
3. To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with
colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
1. Use I.T. systems to record clinical activity, caseload, waiting list etc and to report on the
performance of psychologists within the area and on the activity of the service.
2. Undertake the collection, processing, interpretation, reporting of information using appropriate
software, including advanced statistical, and presentation packages.
3. Use of IT systems to access the NHS e-library for keeping up-to-date with current
6a. EQUIPMENT & MACHINERY
1. To use a variety of technological equipment for the purposes of clinical work, e.g. video
cameras, tape recorders, video players etc.
2. To exercise responsibility for the appropriate and safe use of specialist psychological
equipment within the area including appropriate systems of stock control.
3. Use I.T. systems to maintain up to date records of; clinical activity, caseload, waiting list etc
and to report on the performance of psychologists within the service/team.
4. Use specialist psychometric test equipment to identify language, memory, intellectual and
other cognitive deficits.
1. To ensure the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and
recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in
accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and
Divisional policies and procedures.
2. Use I.T systems to maintain up to date records of clinical activity, caseload, waiting list etc and
to report on the performance of psychologists within these areas.
3. Use I.T. systems relevant to clinical interventions, e.g. for scoring psychometric tests.
4. Use management and I.T, systems to ensure adequate performance management information
is provided in a timely manner.
5. Use management and IT systems to ensure national workforce data and clinical activity data
are provided for e.g. ISD workforce and camhs mapping
7. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
The post holder is responsible for autonomous clinical psychological assessment, clinical decision
making, treatment selection and treatment evaluation. Such analysis, decisions and interpretations
take into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning
historical and developmental processes that may have shaped the client. The post holder is
responsible for making highly skilled evaluations and decisions about treatment options, and
offering expert opinions where this may differ. The post holder is also responsible for proposing
psychological decisions and judgements within multidisciplinary team settings.
The post holder is guided by principles and broad occupational policies and has significant
discretion to work within a set of defined parameters.
To be responsible for the planning, management, and prioritisation of a clinical caseload,
and is responsible for their own professional actions.
To make highly skilled clinical judgements about psychological input offered to clients
Determining what psychological model or treatment approach is most appropriate for a
Developing and implementing an intervention plan, monitoring outcomes and revising
Training carers, families and other professionals in the skills needed for effective
implementation of an intervention plan.
How to resolve problems with intervention including when the intervention is not working..
The most appropriate method and scope of response for delivering psychological
information to requests for advice, consultation and support from an organisation agency or
other professional colleagues.
In accordance with good practice guidelines, the post holder receives one hour of supervision per
month, from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. This involves the guidance and discussion of
clinical work, research and audit.
8. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
The post holder is required:
To provide and receive highly complex information in a highly skilled and sensitive
manner, concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their
care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-
To communicate effectively with patients suffering from severe mental illness, including
patients who may exhibit a significant degree of hostility, manipulation and antagonism.
To address subjects such as a client‟s past sexual abuse, traumatic events, exposure to
violence etc. in client‟s lives or suggesting management strategies for individuals where
there is considerable conflict regarding the approach to adopt.
To manage barriers to acceptance or understanding (e.g. head injury, learning disability,
sensory impairment), which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal
and communication skills.
The post holder is required to develop and maintain effective communication systems with;
Clinicians and managers to ensure effective delivery of the service
External agencies including GPs, the Courts, Universities and Social Work
Patient Groups and voluntary bodies
To communicate effectively with patients when significant barriers to communication exist
e.g. learning disability, sensory or physical impairment
To undertake formal presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
To maintain communication with wider networks, including national networks, such as the
British Psychological Society and its Division of Clinical Psychology, and national special
9. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
To exercise physical skills requiring dexterity, precision, good hand-eye coordination and
speed in administering psychometric tests, with a specific requirement for consistency and
accuracy, which are essential for accurate diagnosis.
To use specialist psychometric tests requiring the simultaneous co-ordinated manipulation of
test materials and the accurate observation, timing and recording of patient performances and
Good keyboard skills are required.
Considerable physical effort is entailed through sitting for hours in a restricted position, e.g.
during clinical interview or assessment sessions. These sessions typically extend for a half or
full day at a time.
To make home visits or travel between clinics.
Considerable intense mental effort (often attending to multiple sources of information at the
same time) is required when concentrating, often for long periods at a time when directly
interacting with clients during assessment and therapy sessions. These concentration
requirements typically endure over the period of „clinics‟, which may extend for a half or full
day at a time
Intense concentration is also required when using varied and sometimes intricate clinical
assessment procedures (e.g. interviews, direct observations of client behaviour or the use of
complex psychometric assessment tools
Frequent exposure to highly distressing or emotional circumstances when providing treatment
to patients who are seriously mentally ill, and exhibiting challenging behaviour (such as suicidal
threats or aggressive and threatening behaviour)
Frequent exposure to highly distressing circumstances as when giving news of life threatening
illnesses such as dementia or when hearing personal accounts of involvement with child abuse
or domestic breakdown
Considerable emotional demands are presented in listening to or reading about staff or clients‟
or their carers‟ distress and through exposure to disturbing accounts of serious crimes, sexual
abuse or traumas, as well as from actual or threatened aggressive behaviour on the part of
clients or carers and occasionally from significant threats of violence from forensic clients and
Emotional demands are routinely experienced in supporting other staff through major
challenges at work, including clinical supervision of difficult cases. These include debriefing
staff and clients after violent or otherwise traumatic events.
Services to clients are provided in a variety of settings, including clinics, hospital, their own
homes, own rooms, hostel accommodation, bed and breakfast, etc. Some of these
environments may present exposure to hazards, such as verbal and physical aggression, loud
noise, or unpleasant working conditions e.g. bad odours, cigarette smoke, domestic animals,
used injecting equipment, etc.
10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB
The post involves working with individuals who present significant challenges to those
supporting them either through the risks they themselves face or present because of their
behaviour or through significant mental health difficulties or serious physical health
problems. In addition, there is a need to respond to the sometimes conflicting needs of
patients, referrers and staff in a manner that maintains high quality service and staff morale.
Forming lone judgements and offering expert opinions in relation to highly complex and
diverse problems / disorders, often under emotionally charged circumstances.
Responding to individual patient needs and service demands in a context of limited
11. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
Demonstrates advanced theoretical and practical knowledge as a clinical psychologists which
requires to be obtained through:-
Post-graduate doctoral level 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 neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies
and lifespan developmental psychology.
Requires experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course
and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings
including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings. This
includes skill in 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 clients‟ psychological care and treatment,
both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary
Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly
technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay
and professional persons within and outside the NHS.
Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional 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 and its implications for both clinical practice and professional
management in relation to the client group and mental health.
Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran
Post Title: Clinical Psychologist (Preceptorship)
Post Reference Number: S/243/11
Selection Factors Criteria
TRAINING - Good Honours Degree in Psychology (minimum 2:1).
- Eligibility for Graduate Membership of the BPS.
-Completion of a BPS approved postdoctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology
- Eligibility for practising certificate from the British Psychological Society
- Eligibility for Chartered Clinical Psychology status
- Evidence of appropriate CPD
- Health Professions Council Registration (Clinical Psychology)
Desirable Other related academic qualification to Masters or Doctorate level
EXPERIENCE Essential Relevant pre-qualification clinical and/or research experience
Desirable Relevant experience as in Graduate Assistant Psychologist. Relevant specialist placement training
experience. Relevant experience of working with children and young people in a CAMHS context.
KNOWLEDGE Essential Post-graduate doctoral level 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 neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan
Given that this post is not expected to progress beyond band 7 there is not a requirement to provide
clinical placements and supervision to Trainee clinical psychologists undertaking a Doctorate in
Requires experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and
presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including
outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings. This includes skill in
maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems,
verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical
and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and
professional persons within and outside the NHS
Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data
analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in
relation to the client group and mental health
Desirable Further specialist post-doctoral training, supervision, research and study across a range of areas,
including advanced clinical skills over a minimum of eighteen months which will be at least equivalent,
and is likely to be academically superior to diploma level
Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients‟ psychological care and treatment, both as
a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
Professional approval for clinical supervisor status
Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
Formal training in supervision of other psychologists and those delivering psychological interventions.
COMPETENCIES & Essential Verbal and written communication skills
SKILLS Analytical and judgmental skills
Planning and organisational skills
Research and development skills
Driving licence and transport
PERSONAL Essential Ability to work with and contain organisational and client stress.
CHARACTERISTICS AND Self motivated to produce optimum outcomes for clients
OTHER Effective and considerate communicator