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Principle Psychologist / Psychotherapist/ Psychological Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£61,341 to £70,439 a year pa (pro rata if part-time) inclusive of High Cost Allowances
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Are you an experienced qualified psychologist or psychotherapists who is passionate about working with people who experience complex mental health difficulties? Are you looking for an opportunity to expand on your existing abilities to develop your leadership skills, working with across a range NHS and non-NHS systems and services?

We are looking to recruit a Principal Psychological Practitioner / Psychotherapist, to work in our Croydon Recovery and Rehabilitation team. You will be working directly with service users who have long-standing experience of complex mental health difficulties. As part of a senior leadership team you will develop the psychologically informed thinking and systems that support the teams, including placement providers and social care.

Job Purpose:
  • To develop, co-ordinate and ensure the systematic provision of a psychological informed interventions for SU who have complex, longstanding mental health needs and personally provide highly specialist clinical input.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in Complex care
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit, research and policy development.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will contribute to the development of a therapeutic milieu, and will provide brief psychological interventions as appropriate. The post holder would be expected to liaise with psychological therapy services across the borough and in the South London Partnership.

The postholder will provide evidence-based assessment, formulation and interventions for individuals and families experiencing psychosis within the team.

They will be part of the senior leadership team, whilst also working as part of the MDT and provide indirect support and consultation for colleagues.

The postholder will provide supervision for psychological therapists, as needed and would be encouraged to provide trainee clinical psychology placements.

The role will involve providing a case formulation forum and training for members of the MDT.
  • Croydon is a diverse borough and the postholder will work to engage with the local community and take their needs into consideration to provide an accessible service.

About us


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave,we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance,flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development,There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease,our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation,our staff benefits fromkeyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts,with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.
    Other benefits include:
    • Counselling services
    • Wellbeing events
    • Long service awards
    • Cycle to work scheme
    • Season ticket loan
    • Childcare vouchers
    • Staff restaurants

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a highly specialist psychological service to service-users and their families experiencing psychosis including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.

To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in psychological interventions .

To undertake service evaluation, audit and research to enhance the psychological input into the service

To work as an autonomous professional within guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters

To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.

Person Specification



  • oQualified Clinical, Forensic or Counselling Psychologist (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (A/I) oEntry-level qualification in Psychotherapy that has been accepted by the APC/BPC/UKCP/BACP oAdditional training in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma. (A/I/R) oCompleted training course in clinical supervision. (A/I/R) oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist or Registered with APC/BPC/UKCP/BACP and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC or APC/BPC/UKCP/BACP . (A/I)


  • oSpecialist training in working with those who with risk to self and other oSpecialist training in complex care needs and longstanding mental health problems oTraining in Behavioural Support Plans oTraining in NICE accredited treatment, for CBT-P, DBT.



  • oEvidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision Psychologist or Psychotherapist. (A/I) oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in Recovery & Rehabilitation services. (A/I) oExperience of supervising assistant and trainee psychologists having completed the relevant training. (A/I) oExperience of providing teaching and training to psychologists or other professional groups. (A/I) oPost-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. (A/I) oExperience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects. (A/I) oExperience of proposing and implementing service development projects within own service area. (A/I) oRecord of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books (A/I/R)


  • oExperience of working in a Rehabilitation and Recovery oExperience working in acute services oExperience of supporting the psychological thinking with placement providers



  • oHighly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for service users with chronic and complex mental health issues (A/I/R) oAdvanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment. (A/I/R) oAdvanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics. (A/I/R) oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I/R) oDoctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis. (A/I/R) oKnowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care. (A/I/R)



  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences. oTo select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources, on which expert opinion may differ. oTo communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. oTo plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and to organise meetings such as CPAs and case reviews, and joint activities with staff of partner agencies. oTo plan projects and work schedules for groups of psychologists. oTo be expert in the skilled administration of psychometric tests, including skilled manipulation of test materials and to be able to supervise others in administration of psychometric tests. oWell-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data. (A/I/R) oSkills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups (A/I/R).


  • oAbility to work across, support and providing psychologically informed advice to NHS, placement providers and social care systems



  • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles. (A/I/R) oAbility to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate. (A/I/R) oAbility to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings (A/I/R) oAbility to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these. (A/I) oAbility to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour. (A/I) oAbility to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self. (A/I) o(if applicable) Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self, including use of physical interventions as prescribed by Trust policies. (A/I)

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

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