Principal Clinical Psychologist - Learning Disability Service

The closing date is 31st Mar 2024

Job summary

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the CQC Outstanding rated Portsmouth Integrated Learning Disability Service (ILDS) for an experienced Clincial Psychologist.

The post-holder will work alongside the senior management and clinical staff in the service to deliver high quality psychological care to people across the city. The role is supported by a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Psychologist who are established in their posts. There is also the opportunity to clinically supervise other professionals in the team including the Behaviour Analyst. Referral pathways are clearly defined and there is a high level of case holding and coordination provided by the wider team which facilitates timely psychological input as required by people. As such the service is very person-centred and responsive to the needs of individuals.

The ILDS psychology service works in conjunction with the child and adolescent learning disability service (CAMHS-LD) and as such the post holder would have oversight of the work of Psychology staff delivering care in this service. This allows for timely intervention at the point of transition for young people and their families.

Main duties, tasks & skills required

The role is dynamic and flexible in the nature of work, including partnership working with other agencies, the opportunity to develop the professional network and use leadership skills to improve the care and support of people with learning disability in the city. There are many opportunities for professional development in the service and expert clinical supervision can be provided from a range of sources to suit the successful candidate.

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced Clinical psychologist to join our team for this role, and continue to develop the psychology services within the Learning Disability service.

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Job description

*Please Note : For a detailed job description for this vacancy, please see attached Job Description* 

Person specification



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.

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist

Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice

Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience


HCR20 trained



Experience of working as a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist at a highly specialist level.

Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, 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.

Experience of delivering individual, family and group therapy

Experience of 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 within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.

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

Experience of managing staff and demonstrable experience of providing leadership.

Experience of leading service development initiatives with clear measurable outcomes.

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.

UK Professional Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website.

For help with your application, contact: 

Ian Chalcroft 


Pay scheme

Agenda for Change 


Band 8b 


£58972.00  to £68525.00 Yearly



Working pattern

Part-Time, Flexible Working 

Reference number


Job locations

Portsmouth Civic Offices 
Guildhall Square 
PO40 9DT 


This vacancy is closed to applications.