• Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job overview

Sheffield is an early implementer site for the delivery of the new Primary and Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older adults. We are beginning to roll out our service and have an exciting opportunity to support the delivery of evidence-based interventions for people with Serious Mental Illness.

You will be working as a member of a multi-agency team focussing. There will be support and supervision from your colleagues across the networks and through our partnership between Sheffield Health and Social Care, Primary Care Sheffield, Sheffield MIND, and RETHINK.

If you are flexible, adaptable and committed to partnership working to support people with complex mental health problems close to their home, this is an excellent opportunity to help develop network-based multidisciplinary services across health and social care. Your work will be aligned with primary care networks and directly linked with a developing voluntary and community sector.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will work within a new multi-disciplinary team of primary care staff, mental health practitioners and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The new model of working aims to avoid fragmentation and multiple handovers between teams. Depending on the population needs of particular Primary Care Networks, post holders will work with adults and older adults with severe mental illness, with coexisting physical health needs or substance misuse. You will have access to supervision and support from senior clinicians with specialist expertise with these populations.

The successful candidate will lead on developing and facilitating groups across the service, as well delivering one-to-one evidence-based psychological interventions. They will also provide clinical supervision for Clinical Associates Psychologists and assistant psychologists.

Working for our organisation

The programme is a partnership with Primary Care Sheffield, Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) and MIND. This brings a brilliant opportunity to ensure client needs are met.

Your employer will be SHSC. We are committed to recruiting people who fit our organisational values. Members of the team agree passionately with these values, and work hard to ensure we treat each other and our clients with:

  • Respect – we listen to others, valuing their views and contributionsCompassion – we show empathy and kindness to others so they feel supported, understood and safePartnership – we engage with others on the basis of equality and collaborationAccountability – we are open and transparent, acting with honesty and integrity., accepting responsibility for outcomesFairness – we ensure equal access to opportunity, support and servicesAmbition – we are committed to making a difference and helping to fulfil aspirations and hopes of our service users and staff
  • Detailed job description and main responsibilities

    To provide a qualified specialist clinical psychology service users with severe mental health illness (including complex needs associated with personality disorder within the PCMH programme), their families and carers.

    To provide 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 teams’ policies and procedures.

    To take a lead on group development, group delivery, and supervision of non-clinical psychologist group co-facilitators.

    To develop and maintain effective working relations within the multidisciplinary team.

    To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.


    The post holder will work in out-patient clinic and community settings and will undertake home visits as part of their duties.

    Requirement to use road transportation.

    Occasional exposure to highly unpleasant working conditions (clients with challenging behaviour e.g. physical or verbal aggression; squalid living conditions).

    Frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances.



    To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the Primary Care Mental Health Transformation Programme 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.

    To have a key role in the develop and delivery of evidence-based group work for the programme.

    To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental and physical 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 served by the teams.

    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.

    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.

    To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients on their own caseload.

    To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients’ formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

    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 group.

    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. 

    To act as care co-ordinator, where psychological needs are primary, 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.

    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.

    To work on a daily basis in face to face individual, family and/or in group therapy settings with service users presenting with complex and distressing psychological problems, including needs associated with a diagnosis of “personality disorder”, eating disorder and trauma across life span.

    Teaching, training, and supervision

     To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a more senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

     To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the postholder is employed.

    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.

    To provide professional and clinical supervision of assistant clinical psychologists/clinical associate psychologist.

     To supervise co-facilitators of group-based interventions.

    To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology and/or counselling psychology/ CBT therapy as appropriate.

    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

    To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team’s psychology divisions operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.

     To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.

    To manage the workloads of assistant/graduate psychologists, within the framework of the team/service’s policies and procedures.

    To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of assistant/graduate psychologists. 

    Research and service evaluation

    To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

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

    To undertake project management, including complex audit and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision


    To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the postholder’s professional and service manager(s). 

    To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

     To maintain 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 Health Professional Council and Trust policies and procedures. 

    To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

    To contribute to the work of Psychological Services Directorate.

    To be noted:

    Staff are expected to comply with the Trust’s Infection Prevention & Control policies and conduct themselves in such a manner as to minimize the risk of causing healthcare associated infections.

    Infection Prevention & Control

    Staff should be aware of the principles of risk management and adopt appropriate practice to reduce the risk to themselves and others. In particular, staff should observe the Trust’s Risk Management Strategy, Risk, Incident & Serious Incident reporting and management policies, Health & Safety regulations and the risk management training requirements for all staff.

    Risk Management

    Staff are expected to know about and follow the Trust’s safeguarding children and safeguarding adult policies which can be found on the Trust intranet, and participate in related mandatory/statutory training.

    Staff must ensure that they are familiar with the signs and symptoms of abuse and know what to do if any such concerns are raised.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people (anyone under the age of 18) and adults. It expects all staff, volunteers and contracted staff to share this commitment and act in such a way that safeguards and promotes the health and well being of children, young people and adults.

    Safeguarding Children and Adults

    This is not an exhaustive list of duties and responsibilities, and the postholder may be required to undertake other duties which fall within the grade of the job, in discussion with the manager.

    This job description will be reviewed regularly in the light of changing service requirements and any such changes will be discussed with the post holder.

    The post holder is expected to comply with all relevant Trust policies, procedures and guidelines, including those relating to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety and Confidentiality of Information.

    Sheffield Care Trust operates a no smoking policy.

    The postholder is expected to maintain existing skills and develop/receive training in new skills as required to carry out the work of the Trust

    The postholder will be responsible for ensuring training and development of their staff to meet business plan objectives and personal/professional needs.

    It is the responsibility of all Trust employees to ensure that all duties are carried out in accordance with ‘best practice’ risk management

    Person specification


    Essential criteria

  • Dclin Psychology qualification/near completion
  • Clinical experience

    Essential criteria

  • Relevant clinical experience
  • Experience of delivering groups
  • Desirable criteria

  • Experience of leading groups
  • Experience of developing groups
  • MDT working

    Essential criteria

  • Evidence of working as part of an MDT
  • Supervision

    Desirable criteria

  • Experience of supervising others
  • We aim to be an organisation that is diverse and inclusive and to meet this aim we welcome applications from people with a wide range of life experience and whose diversity echoes the diversity of Sheffield, that of the people who use our services, and that of the people who may need to use our services but face barriers to access. Please think about your personal values and how these align with our values when you are applying. Find out more about our organisation through our website.

    We are a Disability Confident employer level 2 and hope to achieve level 3 this year. We offer a guaranteed interview to disabled applicants who meet all of the essential criteria for a role. When you apply you will have the opportunity to let us know if you require adjustments to be made, please contact us if you are not sure or if you require adjustments to the application process itself.

    Our six staff network groups welcome new members, these are:

  • The BAME Staff Network Group
  • The Disabled Staff Network Group
  • The Lived Experience Staff Network Group
  • The Rainbow Staff Network Group
  • The Carers Staff Network Group
  • The Women’s Staff Network Group
  • We know how important flexible working can be to applicants and therefore we encourage you to discuss any working arrangements as part of this process. We will always aim to accommodate requests, wherever possible.

    The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children and as part of our safe recruitment practice the successful applicant(s) will be subject to a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) if it is deemed appropriate for the role. The cost of the DBS check (currently up to £48.23) must be met by the successful applicant(s).

    When applying for this post you will redirected to complete your application in our preferred applicant management system, Trac. If you are successfully offered a role, information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system. In addition, in submitting an application, you authorise our Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the ESR IAT process should you be appointed.

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