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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Cognitive Behaviour Psychotherapist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
23 Sep 2023
We are seeking a qualified clinical or counselling psychologist (HCPC registered) or cognitive behavioural psychotherapist (accredited by the BABCP) to work in our friendly service and focus on the implementation and expansion of the pathway for mild to moderate eating disorders within the outpatient service. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about working with a range of adult clients, some of whom are difficult to engage.

The Adult Eating Disorders service is a large well-established service with an experienced multidisciplinary team of clinicians. The post holder would be working in the outpatient team. The team works with a caseload of approximately 200 clients with eating disorders from the 5 boroughs that the Trust serves.

Evidence-based psychological therapy models are well regarded within the service. The team enjoys agile working so there is the opportunity to do some work from home but there is an expectation of face-to-face sessions so the ability to travel to our main base at Springfield and other Trust locations is essential.

Main duties of the job

We are delighted to have secured additional funding for this psychology/ CBT therapy post and a number of fixed-term, senior assistant psychologist posts. This is so that we can expand our service criteria and reduce waiting times for evidence-based psychological therapies.

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about working with a range of clients who experience eating disorders. The role will require good organisation skills, creative thinking and problem solving, as well as leadership and passion. Ideally the post holder will have experience of working with people with eating disorders but we welcome applications from those who have worked in other specialities who can transfer their skills to an eating disorder service.

The role involves holding a small caseload of service users and delivering individual assessments and evidence-based psychological therapies (CBTE and DBT skills groups) in both group and individual format as well as overseeing the roll-out of new low intensity treatments such as guided self-help and CBT-T for eating disorders by a team of assistant psychologists. In addition, you will be providing the supervision and line management of the 4-5 assistant psychologists.

The post is full-time (37.5 hours per week) but requests to work part-time hours will be considered and is fixed-term for 12 months. There are plenty of great CPD opportunities available. Hybrid working is possible and flexible working patterns can be considered.

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.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of patients referred to the service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.
  • To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals both within the day unit and outpatient team and other eating disorder service teams/ CMHTs, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

  • Teaching, Training and Supervision
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical/ counselling psychologist / CBT therapist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology/ CBTand/or the service (as agreed with the professional psychology manager).
  • To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision to assistant psychologists and contribute to the supervision of trainees
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology or CBT therapy, as appropriate.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • To agree through a personal development plan continuing education to maintain and develop skills.

  • Management, Recruitment, Policy and Service Development
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the services operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing.
  • To manage the workloads of assistant psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of assistant/graduate
  • To work as a member of organisational groups, working parties etc within the team, as requested.
  • To contribute to the development of user and carer involvement within the team.
  • To manage own workload effectively and efficiently, taking into account the needs of the team and the flexibility required to sustain client engagement.

  • Research and Service Evaluation
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence-based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake project management, including complex audit, quality improvement (QI) projects and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision

  • Other
  • To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the postholders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology/ CBT therapy across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping including electronic data entry and recording, report writing and the responsible exercise of professional self-governance in accordance with professional codes of practice of the HCPC, the British Psychological Society or the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain up to date knowledge of legislation, national and local policies and issues in relation to both the specific client group and mental health.

  • Person Specification



    • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings
    • oExperience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • oExperience of working with clients with complex mental health presentations, delivering psychological assessment and treatment, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, on an individual and group basis


    • oExperience of teaching, training and supervision
    • oExperience of the application of clinical/counselling psychology/CBT therapy in different cultural contexts
    • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework
    • oExperience of working with clients with eating disorders.
    • oExperience of working as part of a multi-disciplinary team



    • oSuccessful completion of either post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS prior to July 2009, or approved by the HCPC from July 2009 or post-graduate Cognitive behavioural therapy training recognised by the BABCP.
    • oRegistered with the Health Care Professions Council OR Accredited practitioner of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy [CBT] by the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
    • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC / BABCP
    • oWhere an applicant is in the final stages of training and has not yet obtained registration, an applicant will only be made an offer conditional upon successful registration within a time-scale that is specified.


    • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
    • oOR Advanced training in Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


    Springfield University Hospital
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