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Principal Clinical Psychologist OCC609467

Job details


Salary range: £50,952 per annum (All clinical psychology roles are in accordance with the NHS Agenda for Change most recent agreement - 8a)

Work location: Union Street Children and Family Centre, Oxford 

Hours per week: 37 - we are open to discussions about flexible working  

Contract type: Permanent 

Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check 


Closing date: Monday 11th December 2023

Interview date: January 2024


About us


How about joining a vibrant and innovative team composed of Clinical Psychologists, a Counselling Psychologist, a Family Therapist, a Consultant Psychiatrist, a Family practitioner, an Advisory Teacher and highly experienced outdoor specialists? Over the past seven years we have quadrupled in numbers, developed very interesting tools, published papers and worked closely with colleagues in Europe. Our outdoor therapeutic centre with mountain bikes, canoes, camping equipment and Land rovers located by the river at a central Oxford location offers an opportunity for truly innovative work. We are also very lucky to have monthly reflective practice with Arlene Vetere who also offers systemic supervision to our trainees.


We are expanding the offer for children, young people and families in Oxfordshire and have some new 8a Clinical Psychologist roles.


Oxfordshire County Council offers very generous work conditions (agenda for change salary and a generous pension and relocation package amongst others) and this is a team with a strong value base who will fully support you. We want people in our team to thrive in what they do, so they can be the best professionals supporting the children and families we work with.


We work closely together with the Clinical Psychology Doctoral training at Oxford University and supervise trainees in their placements as well as research work.



About the role


In this specific role you will be working as part of our Clinical Team working with, and alongside, the Residential and Edge of Care Pathway (REOC). REOC is an innovative service providing support to families who are at risk of their child being taken into care, and for children (and their families) who are being cared for in one of the council’s residential homes. In this role you will also support interventions related reunification which is a to support parents and staff in considering the child returning home after being taken into care.


As part of this role, you will have the opportunity to develop your clinical skills working with a varied range of needs and experiences, including working with families, children, and young people across a broad age range, and supporting staff teams. You will be able to draw upon and develop a wide range of skills in offering innovative interventions to help meet the diverse and often complex needs of this population, including providing specialist psychological assessments and interventions that draw on multiple models (such as systemic thinking, Video Interaction Guidance, MBT, trauma-informed approaches, and cognitive behavioural therapy). As part of the wider Clinical team, you will continue to explore how to meet the needs of this population in a flexible way that combines creativity and innovation with drawing upon, and extending, the existing evidence base. This therefore offers a great opportunity for not only supporting the young people and families that we work with, but also taking a leadership role in extending and innovating practice in this area. This includes the opportunity to build on the team’s research and publication in this area of work. We have published two papers related to our learnings related to consultations with teams and residential children’s homes. Most recently we have contributed with a chapter on a upcoming book on the issue of safety and protection from danger within residential children’s homes.


We would also be keen to meet with you to explore any specific skills and experience that you might bring and wish to further develop in your role.



About the team


You will be joining our multi-disciplinary Clinical Team led by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Together we will strive towards a creative, dynamic, and evidence-based approach that strongly draws on trauma-informed, developmental, and systemic models. As a team we support each other in working in what is an often-complex area, including regular team meetings, supervision spaces, and monthly reflective practice facilitated by a specialist systemic therapist. As a team we will also be working closely with the clinical psychology doctoral training at Oxford University in developing opportunities for research and service innovation, and supervising trainee placements.


The Clinical Team sits within Oxfordshire County Council’s (OCC) broader Children’s Social Care, so you will be working closely with other professionals, including social workers and residential workers. You will join a service which aims to be innovative in its approach to meeting the needs of vulnerable children, young people and families on the Edge of Care, for young people being cared for in OCC’s Residential Children’s Homes and in their aim to maintain family connections and reunify children with their families where this is safe to do so. We look forward to welcoming you to the team to continue this work together.  



Rewards and benefits


  • Culture of flexible working
  • Technology to support agile working where role permits
  • Up to 33 day’s holiday p.a. plus bank holidays  
  • Option to ‘buy’ additional holiday
  • Employee Assistance Programme including access to health and wellbeing support
  • Membership of the Local Government contributory pension scheme, with an employer’s contribution of up to 19.9%
  • Enhanced family friendly policies
  • Local and national discounts for shopping and travel
  • Great learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description and Selection Criteria 



For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Laura Ogi on 07392318919 or



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Our commitment to:
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

At Oxfordshire County Council we are proud of our diverse workforce. Everyone is accepted for who they are, regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, or on maternity or family leave. We have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support, education and safe spaces for all.

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Guaranteed Interview Schemes

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education, we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. We are also committed to helping and supporting those transitioning from HM Armed Forces to civilian life and guarantee an interview for those demonstrating the essential criteria for the role, within three years of leaving the service.

Our commitment to:

Oxfordshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect these commitments.

Our commitment to:
Flexible Working

We are open to discussions about flexible working, which can include flexi-time, part time working, job sharing, nine-day fortnights and annualised hours, depending on the requirements of the role and the service.

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