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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £58,186 a year per annum in HCAS (Depending on grade)
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Highly Specialist Psychologist for the Brent Memory Service. This role would suit HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists who have an interest and experience in neuropsychological assessment, the mental health of older people and dementia.

The post is established at Band 8a for candidates with appropriate experience and expertise. We would also welcome interest from newly qualified or less experienced candidates as we have the flexibility to appoint as a preceptorship (Band 7). Where this applies we would offer the post as a Band 7 preceptorship until necessary experience and competencies within an agreed timeframe are met (JD and responsibilities adjusted accordingly). If you are interested in applying for the preceptorship, please state this in the supporting information section of your application.

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The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users and we will therefore be seeking proof of vaccination or medical exemption during the recruitment process. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering psychological assessments and interventions for dementia, including pre- and post-diagnostic counselling and diagnostic neuropsychological assessments. They will supervise an assistant psychologist and trainee clinical psychologist. They will support the team with specialist psychological aspects of the work through advice, consultation and training.

About us

The Brent Memory Service is a friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team offering assessment and post-diagnostic support for dementia. It works closely with community services to support the well-being of people with dementia and their carers. Brent is a vibrant and diverse area of London, which has accreditation as a dementia friendly borough. The borough has excellent public transport links by tube and bus, and free parking is available at the base.

The Service values personal and career development. It holds Reflective Practice meetings and training sessions to develop clinical knowledge and skills. The successful applicant will receive clinical supervision and support from the Brent Older Adults Lead Clinical Psychologist. They will be a member of a large Trust network of Older Adults Psychologists, who hold regular professional, CPD and clinical development meetings. The post-holder will have the opportunity to be involved and develop skills in national and local research and quality improvement (QI) projects.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post holder will be professionally accountable to the Brent Older Adults Psychology Lead and operationally accountable to the Brent Memory Services Manager.


Key relationships are with members of the Memory Service multidisciplinary team and the Brent Older Adult Psychology team, GPs, multi-professional teams within Brent and agencies responsible for a clients care.


The Brent Memory Service provides assessment and intervention to people in the borough of Brent with suspected dementia and with a diagnosis of dementia. The service also provides support to the families and carers of people with dementia. The service functions in both outpatient clinic and community settings. The post holder will work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team, comprising of psychiatry, nursing and occupational therapy, in order to ensure the highest standards of care.

The post holder will be required to complete home visits where indicated and may be required to travel to different sites within CNWL for meetings.


1. To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the Brent Memory Service based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structuredinterviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings.

3. To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

4. To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

5. To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

6. To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

7. To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

8. To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

9. To participate in the Initial Assessment Process for clients referred to the memory service and to act as a Lead clinician, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating, planning and review of care plans.

10. To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

11. To be professionally and legally responsible for all aspects of your work, including the management of patients in your care.

12. To be able to carry out and prioritise daily your own designated clinical caseload, working as an autonomous practitioner, with regular supervision from your supervisor.

13. To work with other team members in the development, facilitation and evaluation of appropriate groups for clients living in the community.

14. To regularly attend and participate in clinical and non-clinical meetings as required.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Current HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Training in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Pre-or post -qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Demonstrate specialist training/experience through being clinically supervised in working as a psychologist with older people (during training or post qual)
  • 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 in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in working with people living with cognitive impairment and / or dementia, including the formal assessment of cognition.
  • 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 recommended by the BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
Attitude, Aptitudes and Personal Characteristics Essential
  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships and warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
  • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
  • Excellent team player with proven ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve when dealing in both routine and complex situations
  • Ability to organise own work and caseload
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in conditions requiring emotional demands
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
  • Ability to prioritise own and others caseloads
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and behaviours
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties and in difficult situations
  • Recognises own limitations and have willingness to share and learn from others
  • Ability to concentrate and work in conditions requiring emotional demands
  • Understanding of particular needs of older adults
Other Essential
  • Sickness (or atten

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