Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Inpatients

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum, pro rata + 5% of basic salary (max £2,011 per annum)
Closing date
31 Oct 2023
Here at HPFT we have a long history of delivering outstanding care, and we are taking our inpatient psychological therapies service to the next level. Through an extensive expansion of our psychology provision we are in a period of skill development with the wider workforce and embedding trauma informed approaches across all wards. This is an exciting time of change.

We are looking for a caring and committed 8b Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work alongside the multi-disciplinary team in leading and delivering change. If you have the relevant skills, are energetic, imaginative and, above all, care passionately about working with individuals and their families towards recovery, then we want to hear from you!

The role is based in the innovative and purpose built Kingfisher Court, Radlett. You will form part of a vibrant, passionate and supportive psychology service on the ward. Your time will be split between Oak Ward (Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit) and Swift Ward (Acute Assessment Unit). Psychology is highly valued and sought after in these units. You will be taking clinical responsibility for the psychology teams across these units, with the support of the Clinical Lead.

Full time/part-time/job-share can be considered.

We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • provide a specialist psychology service to service users on the adult mental health wards
  • provide specialist psychological assessment, formulation and interventions
  • provide clinical supervision, advice and consultation to colleagues, and to other non-professional carers, on psychological aspects of assessment, formulation, care and treatment
  • provide compassionate care that is based on empathy, kindness, respect and dignity, and underpinned by principles of recovery and knowledge of trauma informed approaches
  • lead on the development and roll out of Trauma Informed Approaches across HPFT inpatient services as we change the question people ask from What's wrong with you? to What's happened to you?

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from theCare Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

Would you like to be part of the HPFT family? Would you like work with us to ensure our service users live the fullest lives possible they can? Would you like to be supported in your career to be the best that you can be? If so, then apply for one of our career opportunities!

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users referred to Acute Services 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 of proven efficacy including CBT, across the full range of care settings.

To be responsible for implementing a range of evidence-based 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 provide specialist psychological supervision, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulations, diagnoses and treatment plans.

To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory with a focus on Trauma Informed Approaches.

For a comprehensive list of responsibilities and duties, please kindly refer to the Job Description and Person Specification by downloading the JD and PS attachment in the advert.

If you are an internal applicant there is the option for secondment, all applicants must have the endorsement/support of their line manager prior to application.

Person Specification



  • Good honours degree in psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Extensive full-time post-registration experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment with clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature.
  • Full registration with Health Professions Council


  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Experience and or training in neuropsychological assessment
  • Specific Training in Family/Systemic Interventions, CBT-P, DBT, MBT, EMDR, ASD/ADHD assessment/intervention.



  • Assessed experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adults of working age with a wide range of presentations of varying severity.
  • Experience of working with moderate to severe mental health problems, including: psychosis and personality difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision, including supervision of clinical psychology trainee(s).
  • Experience working within a multi-disciplinary therapy service.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HPC.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively and well, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, caress and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Able to plan own workload and coordinate with other relevant staff in the delivery of clinical service
  • Able to work at a high level of professional autonomy and responsibility, in a collaborative multi-disciplinary environment and also as a lone worker in circumstances where there may be exposure to verbal and sometimes physical aggression.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Experience of working within a multi-cultural framework.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. dual diagnoses, people with co-morbid conditions: physical health, social complexity, psychologically complex histories)


  • Experience of working within crisis or acute services
  • Experience of having published in either peer reviewed academic or professional journals and/or books
  • Good presentation and teaching skills and ability to use multi-media materials for formal presentations to large groups.
  • Familiarity with computing technology, including keyboard skills, and use of word-processing, e-mail, and internet software.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Kingfisher Court

Kingsley Green, Harper Lane



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