P rincipal Clinical Psychologist


Working within a professional framework



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Working within a professional framework



  • Following HCPC and British Psychological Society Professional Code of Conduct

  • To be available to attend BPS Committees and AGMs

  • To develop psychology policies and procedures for the delivery of care

  • To be a mentor for students to the hospital and to be a source of knowledge and advice to junior psychologists

  • To actively participate in the clinical supervision process. In particular this means receiving regular fortnightly supervision and providing supervision to Clinical, Forensic, trainee, assistant psychologists, Clinical Nurse Specialists, ward nurses etc.

      • To take a lead role in developing links (with regard benchmarking, clinical practice and research in psychosis) with the three other Special Hospitals in the UK

      • Continued attendance at Scottish Forensic Clinical Psychology Group to maintain links with other Forensic Clinical Psychologists

  • Continued attendance at Psychologists interested in Psychosis networks in Scotland and Northern England

  • To contribute to the National Network in terms of enhancing psychology input to patients and providing an integrated care pathway through different levels of security.

  • To liaise with and provide expert advice on psychological matters to external agencies such as the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Prison Service, Universities etc.

  • Maintain CPD portfolio
  • Identify training needs and plan CPD accordingly


  • Attend Workshops and Conferences to enhance skill base.

  • Attend to other CPD activities, e.g. Guided reading

  • To work within the provisions of the State Hospital Health and Safety policy

  • To ensure that at all times a safe and secure environment is maintained through involvement in audit and acting on concerns

  • To ensure that hospital policies and procedures are understood and adhered to at all times

  • To ensure that the highest standards of clinical and research record keeping are adhered in accordance with professional codes of practice of the British Psychological Society and Hospital policies and procedures

  • To report to the Director any matter relating to the safety of the environment or any breach of security.

  • To act at all times in a responsible and safe manner and encourage a warm and welcoming environment for patients, visitors and others staff



To be noted:


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



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