Principal Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum inc
Closing date
4 Dec 2023
We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic Principal Clinical/Forensic/Counselling Psychologist with clinical and managerial leadership experience to provide specialist clinical input to the three wards of Littlebrook Hospital and the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) unit which has recently been extensively refurbished increasing the therapeutic spaces.

Acute is a dynamic environment and there will be the expectation that the candidate is able to take substantial professional responsibility and work autonomously providing high quality direct work which will include psychological assessments, formulations and brief therapeutic work, groups, family and individual work as well as assisting with positive behaviour support plans. You would prioritise the PICU for your own clinical work. The indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) work includes systemic work with staff, reflective case discussions and Serious Incident debriefs.

You will offer clinical supervision and have managerial responsibility for a small number of psychological practitioners on the Little Brook site. There will be opportunities to take a lead role in service development and evaluating the outcomes of psychological work. If you are new to managerial and team leadership we will support you in your development.

The post will preferably be filled by a full time worker but applications from people wishing to work part time (minimum 3 days a week, 22.5 hours) will also be considered.

Main duties of the job

  • To be responsible for the systematic provision of Specialist Acute Care Psychological Therapy Services to adults with acute and severe mental health difficulties entering the hospital, including the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
  • To undertake high quality direct (assessment and therapeutic) and indirect (consultative, advisory and evaluative) specialist psychology interventions in these services and taking substantial professional responsibility and exercising autonomous judgement in their professional practice.
  • To ensure the clinical effectiveness of own practice and of service functioning by undertaking research and development relevant to the service area.
  • To be regularly responsible for providing training placements for trainee clinical psychologists and for providing professional support and guidance to basic/senior psychologists and psychological therapists in the service.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people across the county.

The Trust (rated Good overall by the CQC and Outstanding for care) has 3,283 staff working in 66 buildings across 33 locations, covering an area of 1,450 square miles.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description for full details of the main responsibilities of the role.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registraiton
  • Honours degree in Psychology


  • Additional qualifications in complex presenting, group work, dual diagnosis, supervision

Skills and Expience


  • Working with groups & complex presentations
  • Supervision skills and experience in supervision
  • Experience of working as a qualified specialist clinical psychologist for a minimum of four years


  • Working systemically with teams, debriefing and reflective practice
  • Working in an Acute setting

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Littlebrook Hospital, Dartford



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