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Clinical psychologist

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
£58,079 to £67,177 a year including 5% high cost area supplement pro rata
Closing date
30 May 2023

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Our older peoples in-patient services provide specialist care to older people with mental health problems and/or dementia, across Surrey and North East Hampshire. We have three in-patient units based at Chertsey, Epsom and Guildford, where psychology play a central role in providing high-quality assessments, formulation and direct interventions, as well as supporting the ward teams through training, supervision, reflective practice and complex case discussions.

We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic and innovative Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to provide strong clinical leadership to our team of in-patient psychologists, and to work alongside other senior operational and clinical leads to maintain a culture of compassionate, person-centred care, where staff feel appreciated and valued

Main duties of the job


With a good grasp of current literature, you will ensure our team of qualified Clinical Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists are providing evidence-based, high quality care. As a compassionate leader, you will develop strategies around recruitment and retention to ensure the team feel engaged, valued, and supported to develop in their roles.

Across all three units there is a strong MDT approach, where psychology is seen as a valuable resource. You will be working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams and the senior leadership team, where you will be expected to develop the role of psychology within the service as well as play a key role in the shaping of culture and processes on our wards.

Clinical sessions

You will lead the psychology provision at The Meadows 24 bed in-patient unit in Epsom. This inpatient unit includes the 16 specialist acute dementia beds for Surrey and 8 functional in-patient beds. As well as links with the CMHTOPs, the service has close links with the Psychology led dementia care homes pathway team. You will conduct detailed assessments, formulation, therapeutic intervention, and neuropsychological assessments, covering both mental health and dementia.

You will be professionally supervised by the Lead Consultant Psychologist for Older Peoples services, in addition to specialist group neuropsychology supervision from one of our Clinical Neuropsychologists.

About us

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is the leading provider of health and social care services for people of all ages with mental ill-health and learning disabilities in Surrey and North East Hampshire. We also provide social care services for people with a learning disability in Croydon and ASD and ADHD assessment services in Hampshire.

We actively seek to engage people who use our services and our communities in improving the mental wellbeing of the local population. We work closely with other NHS and voluntary sector organisations who provide services and support people who use services and carers.

Surrey is a beautiful county lying just 30 minutes away from Central London and from the South Coast.

Our historic market towns and bustling districts are enveloped in wonderful countryside, and our excellent road and rail networks bring the rest of the country within easy reach.

For international travel, both Gatwick and Heathrow airports are nearby.

Please note that we reserve the right to close posts as soon as sufficient applications are received.

Working from home contracts do not attract high cost area payments.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Job description

Job responsibilities

My job makes better lives by promoting health and independence for people by delivering psychology assessments, interventions and consultation within a Trauma Informed Care and Positive Behaviour Support framework, providing clinical leadership, supervision and guidance to psychologists and in-patient colleagues. This will be undertaken within an accessible, non-stigmatising service that contributes to the specialist mental health care of people using the service.

Job Overview

This role will be responsible for leading the psychology provision within Older Peoples Mental Health In-patient services, by ensuring that standards of service provision are set, monitored and maintained, relevant clinical supervision is provided to staff and that people who use the service, and their carers, are involved in decisions about their care. This role will also deliver high quality psychology assessments, interventions and consultation to people with mental health problems and/or dementia within the service.

The job will be within our In-patient service. The clinical base will be Epsom, Surrey, though regular travel to other in-patient units across the county will be required. The post holder will be expected to work flexibly within Older Peoples Mental Health services, as need arises.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology qualification or equivalent.
  • HCPC registered professional


  • Additional academic clinical qualification relevant to area of work.
  • Additional leadership/management study.



  • Extensive post qualification clinical experience in relevant area
  • Experience of leading clinical practice/ service development / project work.
  • Experience of supervising junior staff.
  • Experience/interest/skill in specialist area.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Communication
  • Personal and People Development
  • Health, Safety and Security
  • Service Improvement
  • Quality
  • Equality and Diversity
  • IT skills
  • Strategic Leadership
  • People Leadership
  • Performance Leadership
  • Personal Motivation
  • Embodies Trust Vision and Values

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