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Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are looking for applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologists who are committed to delivering patient-focused care and treatment.

We are keen to invest in the development of new practitioners joining our service to enhance their knowledge, skills, clinical practice, leadership and confidence in working in this area. We are therefore looking for applicants who either have experience in Early Intervention Psychosis (EIP) or have a good foundation of transferable skills and an interest to develop in this area.

The role involves delivering specialist psychological assessment and treatment to service users who are experiencing first episode psychosis. The post holder will be able to offer supervision, advice, consultation and training to less experienced staff about psychological care for service users and carers. There will be a mix of individual and group interventions. There is a strong sense of camaraderie within the Milton Keynes EIP team, and a strong partnership between operational and clinical staff. There are opportunities to access specialist training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for psychosis and behavioural family therapy. There may also be an opportunity to spend one clinic session per week in another team/speciality to maintain additional skills.

Main duties of the job

We prioritize collaboration within our team and with our community partnerships, so we are hoping to find candidates who have the required communication and interpersonal skills that will allow them to thrive when working within their own team and with external partner organizations, in order to provide a meaningful service to the diverse populations we serve.

Our staff demonstrate aninterest inproviding a high level of service for service users andcarers as well as an interest in service development. We are looking for motivated and committed clinical or counselling psychologists who are passionate to lead the development of psychological therapies and the therapy pathways within our service.

We also hope to attract therapists with broad training and experience.Additional support and training will be provided for clinicians to gain supervision experience and qualification within the relevant framework and commissioned funding.

You will join a friendly, highly experienced and supportive team of clinicians, with opportunities to work in innovative areas of the service including a psychology team within the service.

The post holder will need to be a registered clinical or counselling psychologist, on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

About us

We are 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 patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. Were 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 were hoping to find our future leaders and well 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

The Milton Keynes Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Service is a multi-disciplinary team providing treatment and support for people who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis for the first time, and during the first three years following a first episode of psychosis. With new monies and investment the service is expanding with a focus on providing psychological inventions alongside care-coordination, help, advice and support. The team helps service users make sense of their experiences, provides treatment and interventions to enable them to get back to, or continue to, work or study, whilst liaising with other services and agencies to sort out benefits and finances, and help solve any housing problems. There is a strong partnership between the operational and clinical team. There is a strong sense of camaraderie within the team. Staff prioritize reflective practice, supervision, and patient care. There will be opportunities to bid for funded training in cognitive behaviour therapy for psychosis (CBTp) and behavioural family therapy (BFT).

Band 8a clinicians add to the leadership of their teams, developing their specialist skills and assisting the development of their colleagues. There will be opportunities to lead on trust wide projects and work across a range of specialities. You will have a chance to further your leadership skills through tailored CPD training whilst also honing your clinical skills in your area of interest.

For detailed information about this post please see attached job description

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counseling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Training in Supervision


  • BABCP Accreditation or working towards Accreditation
  • Pre qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment
  • Experience of working with service users who experience psychosis


  • Experience of working with first episode psychosis
  • Experience in CBT in psychosis



  • 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 assessment and intervention for people with psychosis
  • Knowledge of legislation and NICE guidance in relation to the client group and mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Neath Hill Health Centre

Tower Crescent

Milton Keynes

MK14 6JY

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