Psychologist/CBT Therapist

West London NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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Mental health, CBT therapist, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
Calling CAMHS Core professions: clinical/ counselling psychologists, and CBT Therapists,

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced highly specialist clinical psychologist to join the new Wave 9 Hounslow Mental Health Support Team. We want to hear from CAMHS professionals with significant experience of clinical supervision and day to day operational leadership to clinicians.

It is essential you hold a relevant clinical qualification and have previous experience of working in a CAMHS team. You will be responsible for the delivery of a high quality and responsive CAMHS service, including implementation and review of systems, policies, standards and procedures within frameworks agreed by the Trust, partner agencies and commissioners. Experience of working in education would be a bonus.

Main duties of the job

This role is a chance to make a difference in young lives, and as such includes both operational management and clinical duties.

The main focus is to:
  • Lead on and directly providing comprehensive assessment, risk management and interventions for young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties.
  • Work with school staff and cultures in developing school environments that are more conducive to supporting sustainably better emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Provide day to day senior operational management and leadership for the clinical functioning of the MHST's whilst working alongside service leaders to develop and implement a wide range of interventions and projects with local schools

This is a challenging and rewarding role that will provide a talented and experienced clinician with real scope to develop and influence practice. If you are interested in working with schools and want to help shape the new models of evidence-based support for CYP, this job could be for you!

About us

Hounslow was one of the first sites to benefit from significant investment to develop a trailblazer MHST, as outlined in the Young People's Mental Health Green Paper. Hundreds of CYP have now accessed guided self- help and group work support, with encouraging feedback and clinical outcomes. We are excited to set up our 4th MHST enabling us reach more schools and focus on early intervention and prevention.

Each team currently comprises Band 5 Education Wellbeing Practitioners and Children's Wellbeing Practitioners, CBT Therapists, a CAMHS Specialist MH Practitioner/ Supervisor and Team Lead. The teams are overseen by the MHST Manager and supported by the Team Administrators.

All new employees are provided with the necessary training, equipment and support during this period. The successful candidate will be supported in completing the CYP-IAPT Supervisors' training which is essential for the role.

Further info about working for the Trust:

Job description

Job responsibilities

The successful applicant will be supported to maintain their professional registration and will have access to support/supervision from colleagues from within their discipline. We offer high quality supervision, with excellent CPD and career development opportunities.

The post holder will work alongside the Team Leads and the Team Manager on service wide projects. The role requires travel to partner schools and Trust sites. In line with the Trusts Agile Working Policy, the team are currently taking a blended approach by working remotely and face to face, as required.

For full details about this Band 8a Highly Specialist Psychologist role, please see the uploaded job description and person specification. If you wish to discuss this role, please contact Hully Wolderufael (07511048329) Team Manager

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or 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 British Psychological Society, or equivalent if trained overseas.
  • Eligible to work as a Practitioner Psychologist as approved by the Health Care Professions Council plus accreditable or accredited with the BABCP as a CBT practitioner.
  • Post-graduate qualification in CBT with children and young people/post-graduate qualification in CBT with adults, plus training on adaptations this with children and young people plus post-qualification experience and accredited with the BABCP as a CBT practitioner
  • Training in supervision


  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and their families across a range of care settings, (e.g. outpatient, community, primary care, in patient settings).
  • Experience of working with children, adolescents and their families which will have involved maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience working as a specialist clinical psychologist/CBT therapist in CAMHS.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.


  • Further specialist experience in CAMHS, for example
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) with learning disability and/or neurodevelopmental conditions (eg. ASD, ADHD, etc) in a CAMH setting.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) with a suspected or diagnosed eating disorder.
  • Experience working with children, adolescents (and their families) who present in crisis and have provided therapeutic input to prevent inpatient admission.
  • Experience of working with other agencies and providing consultation.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of working with children/young people with special educational needs and challenging behaviour or mental health difficulties and their families.
  • Experience of working within a school context



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention with children, young people and their families.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to children/families, mental health and children's social care.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC (dependent on grade).


  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups e.g. those in crisis, have a suspected or diagnosed eating disorder and/or neurodevelopmental difficulties, or specialist skills in working with children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of application of therapeutic models to children who have special educational needs.



  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Commitment to provide support to children, their families/carers and linked professionals and maintain high levels of aspiration for the population referred to the service.
  • Willingness to work flexibly when necessary
  • Commitment to working flexibly and collaboratively with team colleagues and to support innovative ways of working.
  • To approach clients with empathy and adaptability and to be open to development of new approaches to work with clients


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Heart of Hounslow Health Centre

Hounslow MHST Wave 9



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