Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inclusive
Closing date
8 Oct 2023
Full Time/Part Time applications will be considered.

Previous applicants need not to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity for a full time, 12 months FTC (or secondment for internal applicants) (Maternity Leave Cover) to join our Maternity Trauma & Loss Care (M-TLC) Service.

The service is aimed at supporting women and birthing people who are affected by pregnancy loss, still birth, neonatal loss, as well as birth trauma, and those who have a fear of childbirth (tokophobia). The service has been developed in conjunction with Experts by Experience drawing on the invaluable input of women and families locally who have faced maternity trauma and loss. It is intended to provide targeted care and support to those whose needs would not be well met in other services (e.g. Perinatal Mental Health Services or IAPT) but have significant emotional and mental health difficulties related to the maternity experience. The service offers women a combination of psychological therapy and specialist midwifery input.

The post holder will be a part of an MDT with dedicated psychological practitioners, midwives and peer support workers. They will provide trauma informed assessments and evidence-based interventions to women presenting to the service. They will also deliver trainings, offer clinical and line management supervision and highly specialised advice and consultation. The post holder will also play a key role in service development and evaluation.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:

Work across the three West London boroughs covered by the service.

Work as a member of an MDT and provide clinical supervision and line management to other staff members.

Be able to understand a number of psychological models and apply them in treatment with women and birthing people who have experienced trauma and/or loss related to the maternity context.

Screen new referrals, conduct initial assessments and offer trauma informed care to women and birthing people who are referred to the service.

Deliver training to other stakeholders.

Lead on the development of group materials to support clinical expansion to offering groups.

Support the team in achieving both individual and service key performance indicators.

Communicate, develop and maintain professional relationships with other agencies including maternity, health visiting and mental health care colleagues.

Work alongside the Principal Psychological Practitioner/Clinical Lead to evaluate and develop the service on an ongoing basis and deputise during periods of leave.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

The M-TLC service is an innovative programme between two North West London NHS work programmes: Mental Health and Maternity. It is jointly led by West London NHS Trust (WLT) and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL), in partnership with the North West London Local Maternity System (LMS) and launched in July 2021. The team won an National Positive Practice In Mental Health Award in 2022.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information with regards to the job description and main responsibilities please see attached Candidate Pack

Person Specification

Qualifications and training


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training (or its equivalent) in Clinical OR Counselling Psychology.
  • HCPC registered or, for those outside the UK, eligible and will be registered by the time of taking up post.
  • Eligibility for Chartered Status by the British Psychological Society
  • Recorded/registered qualification in CBT to at least equivalent of a post graduate diploma
  • Qualification from Post Graduate CBT Diploma.
  • Fully Accredited as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist by the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP).
  • Training in clinical supervision of other psychologists/Cognitive Behavioural Therapists (
  • Evidence of continuing professional development, as recommended by the relevant professional guidelines


  • Post-doctoral training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • Training in motivational interviewing or other specific behaviour change techniques



  • Relevant post qualification experience in Clinical/Counselling Psychology and/or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients across a range of care settings, working with a wide variety of patient groups
  • Experience in the clinical supervision of qualified Psychologists or CBT Therapists and/or trainee CBT therapists/Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists
  • Experience in line management of qualified Psychologists or CBT Therapists and/or trainee CBT therapists/Clinical Psychologists, Assistant Psychologists
  • Experience of working with women, their babies and support networks in the perinatal period as a qualified clinician
  • Experience of facilitating therapeutic groups
  • Experience of delivering psychological interventions to people experiencing trauma
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment, both as an independent practitioner and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan


  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of the application of clinical/counselling psychology/CBT in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working with parent infant attachment focused interventions e.g. video interaction guidance
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy with families and couples
  • Experience of using EMDR in clinical practice
  • Experience of having published in either peer reviewed or academic journals and/or books

Knowledge and Skills


  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of women in the perinatal period
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of families and partners of women in the perinatal period


  • Knowledge of the experiences of women during the maternity journey including the socio-political narratives around childbirth and motherhood (
  • Knowledge of SPSS

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Maternity Trauma & Loss Care Service


W12 0HS

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