Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum inclusive
Closing date
4 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed individual to join the clinical health psychology services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT). The post has arisen as part of the continued development of the ICHNT clinical health psychology provision and is split across the areas of Type 1 diabetes (0.6 WTE) and cardiac rehabilitation (0.4 WTE).

This role provides excellent opportunities for leadership, service development, consultation, teaching, training, supervision, research and audit alongside a range of clinical activities. The role encompasses a variety of indirect working within multidisciplinary teams as well as direct clinical work in the form of individual and group-based interventions.

The Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology Department is committed to clinical supervision, continuing professional development and career progression. Funding is available to support external teaching and training where indicated

Main duties of the job

The role involves working with staff and patients in these specialties, supporting stepped care for the emotional support of patients attending these services. Clinical work involves the provision of evidence-based and theoretically driven, specialised clinical health psychology interventions to adults experiencing psychological difficulties in relation to their physical health. Indirect work includes staff support and supervision, offering consultation on psychological aspects of a person's care and attending multidisciplinary meetings to discuss the management of complex clients.

Working autonomously, the post holder will follow professional guidelines and work within the overall framework of the policies and procedures of both the Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology service and ICHNT. The role will involve utilising skills in service development, audit and research, as well as providing relevant training and teaching to psychologists and other health professionals.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training or its equivalent) in Clinical Psychology, or Health Psychology, leading to eligibility for Chartered Status by the British Psychological Society
  • Professionally registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)


  • Post-doctoral training in a relevant area
  • Training in motivational interviewing or other specific behaviour change techniques



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and 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 the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working in a clinical health psychology setting.
  • Experience of using structured techniques for promotion of health behaviour change such as motivational interviewing.
  • Experience of running structured psycho-educational group-based interventions



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialized psychological therapies.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Charing Cross Hospital


W6 7DY

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