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Senior Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 a year pa inc HCAS
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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This is a full-time post responsible for providing high quality psychology services to older adult inpatient acute mental health services in the London borough of Harrow.


Ellington ward provides acute inpatient mental health care to older people resident in Harrow and Brent, and at times, when required, from the other boroughs served by CNWL Older People's Mental Health Services. The service accommodates the needs of individuals with difficulties of both functional and organic origins. The post holder will work within an MDT comprising of psychiatry, nursing, arts therapy, occupational therapy, and third sector agency support workers.

The post holder will be required to travel to different sites within CNWL for meetings when needed.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.
  • To provide a specialist psychology service to the above 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 where appropriate.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor

About us

CNWL has a strong culture of support and CPD within our OA Psychology community.

There's a place for you at CNWL:We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patient's own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do.Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people.

We're always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee we're hoping to find our future leaders and we'll support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more - whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Results Area: - Clinical

Performance Standard

Provide an excellent standard of psychological and clinical care to clients by offering a range of assessments and treatments as part of the multi-disciplinary working.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team basedupon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety ofsources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures,rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviewswith clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/ormanagement of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptualframework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence ofefficacy, 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 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 according to Trust Policy.
  • Where fitting, to act as lead professional / care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved in the network of care.
  • 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.
  • To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your work, including the management of patients in your care.
  • To be able to carry out and prioritise daily your own designated clinical caseload, working as an autonomous practitioner, with regular supervision from your supervisor.
  • To work with other team members in the development, facilitation and evaluation of appropriate clinical groups for clients living in the community and admitted to our bed based unit.
  • To regularly attend and participate in clinical and non-clinical meetings as required.
  • To ensure that all services provided are acceptable and accessible to the clients of diverse community backgrounds.

  • Key Results Area: - Teaching, Training, Supervision and Professional Development

    Performance Standard

    Promote successful supervision provisions and be central to the service and individual on-going professional development.
  • 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 post holders professional and service manager(s).
  • To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology 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 receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology and/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 of assistant/graduate psychologists and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of individual cases for trainee clinical psychologists.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology, 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 participate in performance objective setting / appraisal and develop a professional development plan.
  • To attend mandatory training in manual handling, health and safety, basic life support and infection control as specified in Trust and departmental policies.

  • Key Results Area: - Research and Service Evaluation

    Performance Standard

    Within the parameters of the role and resources support the Team Managers in 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 and service evaluation, with colleagues within the service to help develop service provision.
  • To familiarise themselves with, and to comply with, the Trusts requirements on research governance.

  • Key Results Area: - Management and Administration

    Performance Standard

    Within the parameters of the role and resources support the Team Managers to efficiently co-ordinate the service provided by the Teams.
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service valuation and audit.
  • 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.
  • 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 British Psychological Society and Trust policies and procedures.
  • 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 pre-qualified psychologists if appointed, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the short listing and interviewing of assistant / graduate psychologists.
  • To develop and maintain knowledge of statutory and voluntary organisations relevant to the needs of the patients and to establish and maintain contact with those agencies having particular relevance to the teams work.
  • To attend operational and professional meetings as required.

  • Key Results Area: - IT responsibilities (other than those used for research)

    Performance Standard

    Provide an excellent standard of Data Management.
  • The post holder will input and maintain, appropriate computer and manual statistical data and provide this to the service manager/Head of speciality when necessary.

  • Key Results Area: - Health and Safety

    Performance Standard

    Ensure that the service is safe as laid down in the Health and Safety Act 1974, Trust Health and Safety policy manual and local Operational Policy.

    Performance Indicator
  • Understand and carry out responsibilities by adherence to the guidelines laid down in Health and Safety, COSHH, Fire Training and local policies directly affecting patient and personnel.
  • Report to the appropriate manageron all matters relating to health and safety issues.
  • To report incidents and accidents in line with Trust policy.

  • Person Specification

    Training and Qualifications


    • Doctoral level training in clinical Psychology, or BPS Chartered Status for counselling psychologists, including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS
    • To hold current registration with the HPC as a practitioner psychologist.


    • Training in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
    • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients in inpatient settings
    • Experience 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.


    • Experience of working with people in later life and the challenges presented to them.
    • Experience of the application of clinical psycho
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