Principal Lead Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 a year Per annum incl HCAS 15%, Plus RRP £4,000 pro rata paid monthly
Closing date
3 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Principal Lead Clinical/Counselling psychologist (8b)

****There is a �4,000 recruitment retention premium (RRP) with this role that will be paid over a 2 year period pro-rata (paid monthly)****

We are offering a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic, forward thinking, and passionate senior clinician for the post of Principal Lead Psychologist (clinical/counselling) in learning disabilities (8b) to join the team and contribute to the provision and development of the Hounslow Adult Learning Disability Health Team.

The service reached the finals of the National Learning Disability & Autism Awards in 2022 and the PrescQIPP Awards in 2021 (Highly Commended) for the work we have been doing in relation to the STOMP programme (which has produced some significant positive outcomes for people). More recently, the service was recognized by the organization and received the 'Outstanding Clinical Team of the Year' award in 2022 to which we are rightly proud.

Main duties of the job

You will lead on and be responsible for the psychology element of the service and will actively work with the team leads to strengthen multi-disciplinary working (internal/external) that will promote optimal care outcomes for the people we serve.

As a senior clinician within the service, you will model, lead, clinically innovate and shape how we deliver high-quality, person-centered care to residents who require a service from us.

You will work closely with the clinical service manager and lead clinicians to ensure that a safe and high-quality service is delivered.

About us

Community healthcare is unlike any other part of the NHS. It's personalised care that helps people to retain their independence. It's the NHS at its best and the difference you make is truly tangible.

Our colleagues often describe us as a family, and we know how important that sense of belonging and support is when you start a new job. It's simple - happy, engaged staff provide better services.

In 2018, we were named'Best Place to Work for Employee Satisfaction'by the Nursing Times. The same year, we won the Workforce category at the HSJ Awards.

In the latest NHS Staff Survey results 2020, we had the best response rate amongst community trusts nationally.

We are the top community trust in the country on the theme Quality of care for the third year. We had the highest percentage of staff who felt they are able to deliver the care they aspire to and are satisfied with the quality of care they give to patients or service users. If you enjoy a challenge and want to go home each day knowing you made a difference, you will thrive in our organisation.

Infection Control

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

***Please refer to the main job description and person spec documents on the job advertisement for a greater understanding of the role.***

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical/ counselling psychology (including specifically models of:- Psychopathy, Psychometrics, neuropsychology
  • HCPC registered as a Practitioner Psychologist


  • Qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Further training and qualification in autistic spectrum conditions (e.g. autism diagnostic interview - revised and autism diagnostic observation schedule)



  • Must have substantial post qualifying experience of:- 1: Specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings. 2: Working with people who have learning disabilities/autism and both. 3: Working with a wide variety of service user groups across the learning disability spectrum with a full range of needs (including behaviours that challenge, mental health, abuse etc)
  • Experience of conducting and leading on research and audit
  • Highly experienced in risk assessment, management and planning
  • Experience of quality improvement (QI) initiatives and other service development work
  • Significant experience of liaising and joint working with statutory, voluntary and 3rd sector organisations (care without boundaries)

Skills and Abilities


  • Communicate highly complex, highly sensitive and contentious information effectively to a wide range of people
  • Adapt creatively the evidence based for interventions in mental health for service users with communication difficulties/ learning disabilities
  • Undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems effectively
  • Use psychometric/cognitive and ALL forms of other testing competently
  • Fully conversant (and competent), with a full range of Microsoft software, Execl, and other software mediums
  • Well developed skills in providing and receiving clinical supervision (and in dealing with practice standards/challenges)



  • Doctoral level of knowledge:- Advanced knowledge (and skills) in the use of complex methods of specialist assessment (including psychometric assessment), interventions and management, and their application with individuals with learning disabilities, autism or both
  • Sound knowledge (and application) of legislation that impacts on people with learning disabilities
  • Evidence of on going continuing professional development (as required by HCPC, BPS, Trust)
  • Sound knowledge and ability to deliver on conducting audit and research methodologies


  • Knowledge (and experience) of published journal articles, book chapters

Personal Attributes


  • Able to work flexibly, co-operatively as an equal member of the clinical team and respecting difference
  • Able to use own initiative and make decisions independently
  • Ability to work flexibly and creatively and be a positive catalyst for change in driving service quality forwards


  • Car driver and access to own transport

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