Principal Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£54,764 to £63,862 a year pa plus HCAS
Closing date
29 Jun 2022

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Child & Adolescent / CAMHS
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Ealing & Hounslow CAMHS are looking for Principal Clinical Psychologists (Band 8b) to join our friendly, supportive, and experienced multi-disciplinary specialist mental health services.

We are looking for enthusiastic, skilled and innovative clinicians who can help taking a lead role within our services using a creative and dynamic approach.

The role offers the chance to combine clinical work with joining the Consultant Clinical Psychologist with providing leadership and supervision of Psychology and Psychology-related professionals within our community and specialist teams.

We are looking for clinicians who are able to maintain clinical curiosity and engage in reflective practice as well as be able to be an advocate for children, young people and families' needs.

We hope the successful candidates would support and implement our commitments to staff wellbeing, manageable job plans and giving staff the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge further whilst in role.

Main duties of the job

Ealing & Hounslow CAMHS both have a strong multi-disciplinary approach and thrive on innovative practice to meet the local population needs of culturally and economically diverse boroughs. You will be committed to ensuring that the service is accessible and effective.

You will be joining a welcoming senior psychology team in West London who are committed to service improvement, staff well-being, and who value diversity in our workforce. You will offer a high-quality psychology service to young people, families and carers, alongside working effectively with your colleagues and liaising with other professionals in the network supporting the young person.

The post provides excellent opportunities for professional development and you will receive regular supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. You will also join the Consultant Clinical Psychologist with providing leadership and supervision of Psychology and Psychology-related professionals within our community and specialist teams.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental health concerns.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see our Candidate information pack for a comprehensive job description and person specification for this role. We welcome enquiries about the post to Dr Rachel Zwi or Dr Rob Brindley, Consultant Clinical Psychologists and Joint Heads of Discipline for Psychology in CAMHS via: / 07754746791 / 07355 028297.

Person Specification Qualifications & Training Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained before 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology, as accredited by the BPS.
  • Professional registration with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC).
  • Post-qualification training in supervision/specialist application of formal therapy models.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Training in CBT
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with children and young people and their families/carers
  • 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 and across the age range of 0-18, 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 assessment and intervention with individuals with neurodevelopmental difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Significant experience of delivering professional, clinical and management supervision to psychologists.
  • Experience of and commitment to service development.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • 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 practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC.
  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups (e.g. looked after children, learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, adolescent mental health, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders).
  • 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 and neurodevelopmental conditions.
Other Essential
  • 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.
  • 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.

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