Practitioner Psychologist

Outcomes First Group
60000.00 GBP Annual + dependent on experience
31 May 2024
19 Jun 2024
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Title: Practitioner Psychologist

Location: Wessex Lodge School and associated homes, South West

Salary: Up to GBP60,000 dependent on experience

Contract: Permanent

Essential: Full UK Driving Licence and access to own vehicle required

We're looking for a Practitioner Psychologist with demonstrable leadership skills to join our Wessex Lodge school clinical service. This is a fantastic opportunity to support the developing clinical service at the school and to work closely with the Clinical Locality Lead to develop the clinical provision in line with neurodiversity and intersectionality affirming therapeutic support.

This is a varied role ideal for those looking for a new challenge where you can truly have an impact on shaping a service and driving transformational change.

About the role

We are excited to be expanding our clinical service during a time of growth for the service. We currently have an opportunity for a Practitioner Psychologist to join our Clinical Wellbeing team. The post holder will work collaboratively to deliver bespoke assessment and intervention plans for our pupils. This is an excellent opportunity to join the team as they expand their clinical provision, making a real difference and implementing a holistic, therapeutic approach.

You will be responsible for holding a caseload alongside other clinician's at Wessex Lodge School (and associated children's homes) based in the South West. With the full support of our well-established and knowledgeable Clinical Team, you will also contribute to staff training, consultation, and reflective practice. Both a challenging and rewarding role, this position would suit a resilient and enthusiastic individual, with a therapeutic approach and the ability to make decisions, as well as manage their own workload.

Our well-established Clinical Team support a nurturing environment where our pupils can flourish, always putting them at the forefront of everything they do. All our settings maintain a strong safeguarding culture, and our pupils are heard, respected, and involved in decisions that affect them wherever possible.

When it comes to looking after our pupils, we strive for excellence, which is why we are the leading service provider in the UK. With this in mind, we are looking for a Practitioner Psychologist who shares our vision; to build incredible futures by empowering vulnerable young people in the UK to be happy and to make their way in the world.

Location: Wessex Lodge School and associated children's homes, South West

Welcome to Wessex Lodge School

About the Group

Outcomes First Group is the largest independent provider of high-quality education and special needs education and care. We are a vital part of local communities in England, Scotland and Wales with a renowned reputation for quality and positive outcomes for the people we educate and care for.

We are really proud to say that in 2024, Outcomes First Group were officially certified as a 'Great Place to Work' for the fifth year running.

Our divisional brands include Acorn Education and Options Autism.

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Essential Criteria:

  • Registered with the HCPC and own professional body.
  • Post-graduate doctoral level in Clinical / Counselling / Educational Psychology (or its equivalent if trained before 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience of working with people who have an intellectual disability and/or autism with additional needs (e.g. complex trauma, mental health needs, behaviours of concern).
  • Demonstrable ability to lead and manage strategically.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a range of key partners.
  • Able to work sensitively with people and resolve conflict effectively.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development relevant to the setting.
  • Substantial and relevant post-qualification experience with adults.
  • Experience of lecturing/teaching/training.
  • Full valid UK driving licence, access to a car and ability to drive extended distances across the Locality, when required, e.g., to attend meetings.
  • Skills in the management of data are also important as the role includes collecting and analysing data to inform various pieces of service delivery, development and project work.

For further information on this role please refer the Job Description and Person Specification attached. To discuss this role in more detail, please contact

What's in it for you?

You will be working with an ambitious and driven service that's really going places, supported by an exceptional team of likeminded individuals who are keen to learn from you. This role will be key to the development of the service, working closely with the Clinical Locality Lead and Head of Clinical Operations (South). This is an opportunity to enrich the lives of the people we support and make a positive difference, in a role where you have autonomy.

We offer a friendly and inclusive working environment where our people are heard, respected and hugely valued. We want our employees to come to work with energy, determination and most importantly we want them to be happy in their work. We are well aware that it is our highly skilled teams that make Outcomes First Group the success it is, and we want this to continue. This is why we provide a range of benefits designed to support you, not just in your work life but also on a personal level too. We want you to be the best you can be and offer genuine opportunities for career development and progression.


Your health and wellbeing are important to us, so you'll get an exceptional reward package including:

  • Life Assurance
  • 30 days annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Pension scheme with options to increase your contributions
  • "Your Wellbeing Matters" - access to a wide range of first-class mental health support services and physical health checks
  • Work 4 days, be paid for 5 T&C's apply - following successful completion of the probation period

And a market-leading benefit offering through our Flexible Benefits Platform, Vista, enables you to choose the package that's right for you, including:

  • A wide range of health, wellbeing, and insurance benefits
  • 100's of discount options valid in the UK and abroad
  • Cycle to Work Schemes
  • Electric Car Purchase Scheme
  • Critical illness cover

And that's not all, we place the outcomes of the people in our services at the heart of everything we do, so you'll wake every day in the knowledge that your role will have a significant positive impact on the lives of others.

We are committed to the safeguarding and promoting the welfare of pupils. All successful applicants will be subject to a fully enhanced DBS.

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