Principal Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist and DBT Lead

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 a year per annum inclusive of inner London HCAs
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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We are looking for an experienced clinical or counselling psychologist to lead on delivery of DBT skills groups within our community teams. You will be leading and supervising newly recruited DBT practitioners as well as working alongside team psychologists already delivering this intervention. DBT skills groups are one of the interventions in our personality disorder clinical pathway and you will need to work closely with the providers of the other elements of the pathway - Structured Clinical Management and our Complex Needs Services that deliver full DBT and MBT.

You will need to be trained in DBT to Intensive level or its equivalent. This post is a Trustwide position for our adult community services across the the 5 London boroughs we serve. As such you will be working across all these boroughs but with focus on where the greatest need is at any time. You will be expected to contribute to the DBT assessments and interventions provided by our Complex Needs Services to enable you to consolidate your DBT competencies.

You will be joining a large Psychology & Psychotherapies group in our community service line and you will be able to work closely alongside P& P colleagues. In particular we have a similar post for delivery of SCM and this will afford great co-working opportunities.

Main duties of the job

Clinically you will be reviewing referrals for DBT skills groups, conducting assessments and pre-treatment commitment sessions for this intervention and co-facilitating DBT skills groups. You will deliver assessments in our Complex Needs Services and deliver full DBT within one of these services. You will be responsible for ensuring there is a system in place for recording outcomes for patients accessing this intervention.

You will be responsible for leading on recruiting to DBT practitioners and supporting them to access the required training to deliver DBT skills groups. You will provide clinical and professional supervision to this staff group and support them to develop their competencies in assessing for the DBT skills groups.

As a senior clinician in the community service line you will be helping with the development of our personality disorder pathway. This could also include looking at the provision for people struggling with emotional dysregulation but who do not meet threshold for diagnosis.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

About our locations:

Your contractual base will be Springfield University Hospital, Tooting but you will be required to work at other Trust sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead in the development and the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist personality disorder interventions, specifically Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills groups in adult community services
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise delegated responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological and psychotherapy practices within the community service line, in the delivery of evidence-based interventions for people with personality disorders.
  • To ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical supervision of all staff in adult community services delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) skills groups for people with personality disorders in the IRH/RST/CMHT
  • To ensure that there are clear and effective systems for the identification of CPD needs across the service/sector in relation to evidence based interventions for people with personality disorders within the community service line
  • To carry out audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes in relation to interventions for people with personality disorders within the community service line
  • To propose and implement policy and service development changes within the area served by the service.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology or alternative training outside of the UK that is recognised by the Health & Care Professions Council leading to registration in the UK as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists / psychological therapist
  • To be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council under the appropriate domain specific title


  • Post-doctoral/graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Post Graduate Diploma in DBT
  • Registered with the Society for DBT



  • Experience of delivering full Dialectical Behaviour
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist for a minimum of four years, including at least 3 years post qualification experience with adults in secondary care of working at a highly specialist level with children and young people with a wide range of mental and behavioural disorders
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of clients and carers, presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems
  • Experience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of delivering evidence-based psychological therapies to service users in secondary care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan


  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of representing psychology or psychotherapy within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care setting
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts



  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical or counselling psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies, which have an evidence base
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health

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

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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).

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield University Hospital

15 Springfield Drive


SW17 0YF

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