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Principal Clinical Psychologist ARMS Lead

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are very happy to be recruiting for an 8b Psychologist post to lead our new At Risk Mental State (ARMS) Service which will be closely aligned to a high functioning Early Intervention in Psychosis Service rated Level 3/4 on the most recent NCAP audit.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone who has excellent leadership skills to work with patients, carers, and other stakeholders to co design and produce a service that will deliver assessment and interventions to 14-35 year olds who may be experiencing early signs of developing a psychotic disorder.

You will be a valued part of our Senior Psychologists group within our large and expanding psychology workforce in the wider Trust. We aim to ensure working with us is a positive experience. Supervision and training are essential and highly valued.

The post holder will have experience of working with patients to assess and manage early signs of psychosis. The successful candidate will ideally have completed HEE approved training in CBT for psychosis and Family Intervention for psychosis.

For further information please review the Job Description or contact:

Graham Webb Director for Transformation (Mental Health) - or

Hazel Nicholls, Chief Psychological Professions Officer -

Main duties of the job

To provide a clinical leadership role in the At Risk Mental State service. To fulfil operational management duties for some staff, as well as clinical leadership and supervision, service development and consultation.

To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality specialist clinical psychology service to patients open to the ARMS service within Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICB.

The post holder will work across multi-professional teams within the ARMs service to support and facilitate the co-production of bespoke formulation driven psychological interventions. Ensuring a consistent, constant point of contact that is easily accessible across the service and facilitating access to additional support where required in line with the 'no wrong door' approach.

About us

Are you committed to providing remarkable care and service?Are you passionate about helping people and want to make a difference every day?We want to meet you!

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities. We are committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect through our 6,500 strong workforce.

Southern Health has over 300 sites across the county and we serve 1.5 million people throughout all stages of their lives. Our aim is to work alongside the people we support (and our health and care partners) to deliver the best possible care and constantly improve.

Here at SHFT we have so much to be proud of:
  • Working as a team and supporting each other, we put patients and our staff at the heart of everything we do.
  • We have a skilled and diverse workforce and are committed to our staff development, offering bespoke training packages, leadership pathways and career opportunities.
  • We offer a variety of benefits such as an amazing pension scheme, generous annual leave, Childcare Choices scheme, many discounts (Blue Light card, The Company Shop, NHS Staff Discounts, cycle to work scheme) and much more.

Come to work with us, together we will provide outstanding treatment and care to improve lives.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or counselling psychology as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Accreditation as a therapist with the BABCP

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


The Parkway Centre - Havant

51 Leigh Road




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