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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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CNWL NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to have been awarded the contract for the East of England Gambling Service in partnership with Inclusion (Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust).

We are seeking a Highly Specialist Clinical or counselling Psychologist to join our dynamic new team. This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a unique branch of mental health at a time of unprecedented expansion and growth. The post holder will have the chance to make a significant difference to residents in the East of England and to be part of the development of the first NHS gambling service in this region.

The successful candidate will be an energetic and robust individual with sophisticated and sensitive clinical skills, and a proven track record of delivering high quality services in either the NHS, social care or the private sector.

Various working locations and remote working across the East of England.

This role is being advertised as a development post and we are happy to support the successful applicant in developing the skills needed to work as Band 8a psychologist within the team, over a 12-18 month period, starting at a band 7. We are also happy to appoint a candidate at the Band 8a level should they have the relevant experience and skills

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing and coordinating a range of psychological interventions, including leading highly specialised psychological assessments, offering consultation and writing reports. They will be a key part of psychological leadership within the team, including involvement in clinical leadership processes, staff supervision and training, and service development. They will liaise closely with colleagues from the clinic and other community services to provide true partnership working and seamless care pathways. The post-holder will work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures.

About us

The working environment will be a specialist NHS Gambling Service staffed by a multi-disciplinary team working with outpatients. Although working as part of an MDT team, the post holder will be required to deliver specialist evidence-based psychological treatments that address the client's gambling problems and co-morbid health conditions.

The post-holder will have a working base at Milton Keynes but the role is likely to be largely remote working. There will be an expectation of delivering services in other locations across the East of England region to be agreed once demand is clear.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff. We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological (for clinical psychologists) 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 gambling problem and/or 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 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.
  • To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved 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 work specifically with clients of the East of England Gambling Service contributing to the delivery of individual and group-based psychological treatment programmes (rooted in MI/CBT principles and other evidence-based approaches) in conjunction with other Psychologists in the team.
  • To attend clinical meetings including professionals meetings with other agencies and providers and proactively assist in ensuring complex clients are referred to the most appropriate services.

Teaching, training and supervision:
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of band 7 psychologists regularly and, as appropriate, to contribute to the supervision of trainee clinical psychologists, assistant psychologists, or other clinical members providing psychologically-informed interventions.
  • To provide professional post-graduate teaching, training, and consultation
  • To receive regular clinical professional supervision from the Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Gambling clinic, and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To continue to gain wider post-qualification experience of clinical/counselling psychology over and above that provided within the principal service area where the post holder is employed, the amount and nature of such experience to be agreed with the Psychologist supervisor.
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical and/or counselling psychology, as required by the Consultant Clinical Psychologist or senior Psychologist colleagues within the Directorate.
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • To provide staff of the East of England Gambling Service with training on MI/CBT and other evidence-based treatment programmes for problem gambling.

Management, recruitment, policy and service development:
  • To input into the management of waiting lists and take part in the screening of triages and referrals, management of assessments and overview the work of other staff involved in these tasks.
  • To take responsibility for aspects of the daily management of the clinic including taking part in the duty rota
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the teams operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit.
  • To take responsibility for inputting psychology activity and outcome data into the relevant database to allow for the monitoring of activity and outcomes within this service
  • To contribute to the development of group-based psychological treatment programmes for gambling clients in conjunction with the Consultant Clinical Psychologist and other Psychologist colleagues.
  • 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 band 7 psychologist, assistant and graduate psychologists, within the framework of the team/services policies and procedures.
  • To be involved, as appropriate, in the shortlisting and interviewing of psychologists.

Research and service evaluation:
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual and group-based psychological 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.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC Registered


  • Post-graduate training in an evidence-based therapeutic technique of use to the service



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across. the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in-patient settings.
  • Experience of delivering CBT interventions in a mental health or addictions setting
  • 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.
  • Having completed a relevant supervisor's training and have at least six months' supervision experience in the NHS
  • Experience in managing safeguarding concerns and risk to self/others.


  • Experience of the application of clinical/counselling psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of attending management meetings and of being senior psychologist in service

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. gambling harms, behavioural addiction, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, etc).
  • Effectively manage a clinical caseload, complete outcomes measures routinely, update clinical records in line with team, service and Trust requirements
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust



Milton Keynes


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