Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
The Balfour

Job reference: 078916

Location: The Balfour

Job closing date: 09/01/2022

Job posted date: 08/12/2021

Salary: Band 8A (£50,965 - £55,016)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Allied Health Professions

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Psychological Therapies, Mental Health

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Orkney

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
The Balfour - Psychological Therapies Service (Mental Health)
Band 8a £52,279 - £56,330 including Distant Islands Allowance pro rata per annum 
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Relocation Assistance may be available*

This is an exciting opportunity, offering a service to Adults and Older Adults tier 3 & 4 populations. This post will be hard work, but really stimulating, especially as it will involve all aspects of delivering a psychology service. For example, delivering and assessments to a range of patient groups, as well as delivering training to multi-disciplinary team colleagues, advising colleagues on clinical governance issues, and working closely with NHS Education of Scotland. 

We are looking for someone who will work well in a multi-disciplinary team context and liaise well with members of other disciplines, especially GPs and colleagues in primary care and the voluntary sector. The position requires a broad range of clinical skills, because when working in a remote and rural area, one has fewer options for onward referrals, so it is important to find someone who will strive to find the balance between generalist and specialist roles and will aim to utilise support from mainland colleagues in urban Tier 4 services when necessary. Can you see yourself in this role? 

​​​​​​​The successful candidate will be joining NHS Orkney with their brand-new state of the art new hospital. NHS Orkney is working hard to be the best remote and rural care provider in the UK, do you want to play a part in helping us achieve our vision?

With views as far as the eyes can see, stunning beaches and miles-upon-miles of coastline, you’ll always find your own space in Orkney. Lying off the northern coast of Scotland, between John O’Groats and the Shetland Isles, these enchanting islands await you. With this, it is no surprise that Orkney has been voted the best place to live in Scotland for eight years running.

Orkney is an archipelago of 70 beautiful islands, of which 17 are inhabited. As a genuinely wonderful place to live, Orkney offers unique wildlife, amazing scenery and real opportunity to experience a wide range of cultural and sporting activities. There is something for everyone; state-of-the-art leisure facilities, various clubs and societies, and an excellent education system creates our strong community spirit.

NHS Orkney’s hospital and healthcare facility, The Balfour, opened in 2019 and is transforming the way healthcare is delivered. With inpatient wards, an emergency department, outpatients, diagnostic services, Dentistry, two GP practices and the Scottish Ambulance Service all under one roof, there are excellent opportunities for close multidisciplinary working to benefit our patients. We are now working towards further investment in our outer island facilities. These developments allow us to drive forward service improvement with confidence.

We appreciate living in Orkney permanently may not be an option; however, we can offer a fantastic relocation package, or alternatively, we are willing to discuss flexibility with remote working opportunities. If you’re enthused by what we have to offer, share our vision, and believe you can contribute to NHS Orkney, we would be thrilled to hear from you. 

For further information please contact Suzanne Roos - Consultant Psychologist, by email at 

This post is subject to a Protect-Vulnerable-Groups Scheme record check.

*An excellent relocation package of up to £8,000 is available depending on eligibility. Distant Islands Allowance, currently £1,314 pro rata per annum, is also included into the NHS Orkney Salary. 

A Recruitment Pack containing a Job Description and Person Specification is available to download below. 


The closing date for this job has now passed.