Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£45,024 to £58,186 a year pa inc HCAS (pro rata P/T)
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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This is an exciting opportunity to work as a Psychologist in the Brent Older Adults Community Mental Health Team. This role would suit Clinical or Counselling Psychologists who have an interest and experience in the mental health of older people.

To provide a qualified Clinical Psychology service to clients of the Brent Community Mental Health team, a part of the Older Adults Service in Brent; provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy; offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, nonprofessional carers; work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Team's policies and procedures.

To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the Team/service. To undertake professional supervision of assistant psychologists and doctoral trainees in the team and in other parts of the service.

This post is responsible for providing high quality psychology and neuropsychology services to the Brent Older Adults Memory Service. This includes offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to the carers of service users, and working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Teams' policies and procedures.

Main duties of the job


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 providing psychological assessment and treatment, including neuropsychological assessment and interventions where needed, for older people presenting with wide range of mental health issues and problems related to dementia. The role includes supporting the team with specialist psychological aspects of the work through advice, consultation and training. There is opportunity to supervise a Trainee Clinical Psychologist.

This job is ideal for those already experienced at Band 8a or looking to gain 8a experience. We would also welcome interest from newly qualified or less experienced candidates as we have the flexibility to appoint at a Band 7 for those who do not have the experience and expertise for the 8a post. If you are interested in applying for this role as a Band 7, please state this in the supporting information section of your application.

About us

About us

The Brent Older Adults Community Mental Health Team is a friendly and supportive multidisciplinary team. The team holds regular 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.

Brent is the second most diverse borough in London with our client population coming from many cultures and languages, with the majority having been born outside the UK. We are proud that our staff team reflect this diversity. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply. Brent is accredited as a dementia friendly borough. The borough has excellent public transport links by tube and bus, and free parking is available at the base.

Job description Job responsibilities


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.

See attached document for full Job description and Person Specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling 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, as accredited by the BPS
  • Current HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • 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
  • 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 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.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through being clinically supervised in working as a specialist clinical psychologist with older people.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
Knowledge and 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 nonprofessional 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
Others Essential
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia 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.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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