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Principal Clinical Psychologist / Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 Per Annum Inc
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are actively looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Cognitive Behaviour Therapist. The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma (CADAT) is an outpatient psychological therapies clinic which specialises in assessing and treating people with anxiety disorders using CBT. We take great pride in our work and treat local and national patients across a range of severities, to a very high standard.

We are looking for someone with significant experience and expertise in treating anxiety using CBT. Prospective candidates should be able to demonstrate an excellent academic track record, specific postgraduate training and experience in CBT, and a very good working knowledge of anxiety disorders and how to treat them. We are looking for colleagues who understand the importance of evidence-based treatments, supervision, research, training and dissemination. For these senior posts, we are seeking excellent clinicians and skilled supervisors, as well as trainers and innovators who can develop new pathways, services and ways of doing things. You will have experience managing people and ideally some experience with professional leadership and service management.

Main duties of the job

  • The successful applicant will provide a highly specialist psychology service to clients with anxiety disorders including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes across primary, secondary and tertiary care
  • They will offer supervision to qualified therapists, (honorary) assistant psychologists and trainees, and act as line manager to a team of clinicians.
  • The applicant will ensure that systems are in place and working effectively to support service delivery, as well as take a lead on a specific area of clinical expertise or on a service stream in the clinic.

About us

The Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma's remit includes the delivery and dissemination of empirically validated cognitive-behavioural treatments for panic disorder, specific phobias, social phobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, as well as EMDR for PTSD. The clinic provides a model of best practice in the integration of research, development and clinical treatment. Most of the treatments delivered are considered to be at the cutting edge of developments in the field. The clinic is primarily an NHS treatment service for people with anxiety disorders. Some research is also done at the clinic, with a focus on identifying maintaining cognitive factors in anxiety disorders, enhancing the effectiveness of existing cognitive therapies, evaluating how well these programmes generalise, reducing the therapist time required for treatment without loss of effectiveness, developing and implementing effective programmes for training others, and identifying key change processes in cognitive therapy.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide expertise and experience in the treatment of anxiety disorders using CBT, for patients across a range of severities, referred from primary, secondary, tertiary and highly specialist services
  • To provide highly specialist assessment and clinical formulation to clients with complex mental health needs, in particular those with anxiety disorders.
  • To provide psychological reports, including relevant formulation, opinion and interventions, in order to inform referrers and service users.
  • To select and deliver highly specialist evidence-based psychological treatments, monitoring outcome and modifying and adapting interventions.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within HCPC guidelines and the policies and procedures of the service, taking full responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions.
  • To travel to alternative locations to provide treatment, training, consultation and supervision, and attend meetings as appropriate and across the Trust when required.
  • To contribute to the effective working and strategic direction of the team and to a psychologically informed framework for the service area, taking on specific roles or duties as agreed.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively highly complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues taking account of sensory and cultural barriers to communication.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • To act as care co-ordinator taking responsibility for providing CBT for clients with anxiety disorders.
  • To act as a clinic lead for one of the clinics service streams. To monitor referrals, throughput, activity, and other variables essential to comprehensive service delivery, and act as a liaison point between the clinic, service commissioners, and other stakeholders.
  • To actively contribute to the development of innovations and strategies to grow the clinic.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations and to support others involved in such situations.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To take responsibility for liaison between CADAT and local mental health services where applicable.
  • The postholder may be required to work flexibly, which may include offering some regular commitment to late clinics, within the overall Job Plan. This would be for a maximum of one evening per week during week days.
Teaching, training, and supervision To receive regular clinical and professional supervision according to HPC, BABCP and Trust guidelines. To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the clinic by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in CBT and anxiety, and by implementing knowledge gained in practice.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision to colleagues, junior psychological therapists, assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists for all aspects of their work.
  • To provide specialist training and supervision to psychologists, cognitive behaviour therapists and other professionals as needed.
Management, recruitment, policy and service development
  • To liaise with other agencies and service providers in relation to the provision of psychological services as appropriate to the role.
  • To provide professional leadership and service management.
  • To supervise the day to day work of psychological therapists in the service,
  • To identify aspects of the service which could be improved, and initiate and implement service development projects.
  • To participate in the recruitment process of staff as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and developing services.
  • To participate in clinical governance initiatives as agreed by the directorate clinical governance committee.
Research and service evaluation
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area which will contribute to CBT for anxiety disorders.
  • To contribute to the development of services through initiating, undertaking and supervising service evaluation and audit.
  • To initiate appropriate research to improve client care and provide research advice and supervision to other staff undertaking research within the service.
  • To initiate the development of outcome measurement, assessment/implementation and assist other staff in the implementation of same.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.
General Responsibilities
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with HCPC requirements and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with the HCPC Code of Conduct, the BABCP Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, in line with professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.
  • To participate fully and implement standards devised from Trusts clinical and research governance activity.

Person Specification



  • Suitable degree level and postgraduate academic training (e.g. Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent)
  • HPC registered if applicable and BABCP accredited practitioner.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in CBT


  • BABCP accredited supervisor
  • BABCP accredited trainer



  • Evidence of working with people with OCD and PTSD
  • Experience of supervising psychological therapists (including trainees) having completed the relevant training
  • Evidence of working within tertiary care services
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature in anxiety disorders, including very high affect
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to psychological therapists or other professional groups
  • Experience of training others in CBT


  • Experience of managing a budget
  • Providing CBT for anxiety disorders for people with autism spectrum conditions

Knowledge / skills


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for anxiety disorders
  • Evidence of appropriate continuing professional development as recommended by HPC/BABCP.
  • Advanced knowledge of treating anxiety using CBT (
  • Formal training in the supervision of other qualified psychological therapists.
  • Skills in the use of methods of psychological assessments and intervention in a specialist area.


  • Doctoral or postgraduate (e.g. MSc in research methods) level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis (A/I) ?Record of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books
  • Advanced knowledge of adapting CBT for anxiety disorders for people with autism spectrum conditions
  • Experience of presentations of complex multi-media materials in public, professional and academic meetings
  • Evidence of having actively contributed to the development of innovations and strategies to improve services

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma

99 Denmark Hill



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