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Principal Psychologist - Acute Psychology Services (Inpatients)

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
19 Apr 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a permanent senior psychologist role within the Acute and Crisis Pathway of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, based in Antelope House Southampton. We are seeking candidates with skills in working with acute and chronic mental health difficulties and experience of service and staff development.

We have an exciting opportunity for a psychologist with enthusiasm and a commitment to working within the area of acute care to provide specialist psychological input and leadership to this service. The role is a combination of direct clinical work, team working and service development.

The successful post-holder will take a lead in developing, organising and delivering Acute psychology services based in Antelope House. They will provide leadership, consultation, supervision and support to psychologists and other members of the clinical team who provide psychologically based care and treatment within this setting.

The post-holder will be professionally and line managed by the Acute Care Psychology Lead, Consultant Psychologist who is also based at Antelope House. We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as strong links with Southampton University, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology and the MSc/Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder should have experience of working with people with acute, severe and chronic mental health problems, where psychosis and severe interpersonal difficulties are part of their presentation.

We are looking for someone who has well developed interpersonal, clinical, quality improvement and research skills, with the resilience needed to thrive in a busy city-based NHS service.

Working alongside colleagues, the post-holder will offer specialist psychological assessments, neuro-cognitive assessments, formulations, brief interventions and will be familiar with and contribute to further developing the Comprehend, Cope & Connect (CCC) Programme, which is a psychology led intervention enabling multi-professional colleagues to offer psychological interventions to patients who are in crisis or in the acute phase of their mental illness. These interventions will lead to informed collaborative care planning.

The post-holder will be a member of the multi-professional team. As a senior clinician, with substantial clinical experience and post-qualification training, the post-holder will provide a high level of expertise within the Acute Care Service with a predominant focus on the 2 Psychiatric Intensive Care Units (PICU) although may be expected to support the male and female wards and staff as well as CRHTT and rehab staff where necessary.

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

As a Trust, our footprint spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities.

- We function as a unified team, placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

- Our 7,000+ workforce is skilled and diverse, with a deep commitment to ongoing staff development. We offer customised training, leadership pathways, and a plethora of career opportunities.

- We respect and listen to your thoughts, ideas, and concerns via well-established network of staff groups to increase awareness and appreciation of equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Building on all this, we are currently working closely with other local NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services across Hampshire and Isle of Wight. Our new organisation is set to launch in April 2024 and will incorporate Southern Health, Solent, Isle of Wight and Sussex Partnership Trusts.

While the new Trust will be substantially bigger, it will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, streamlining services and making healthcare across the county more accessible.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or forensic psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Antelope House

Brintons Terrace



SO14 0YG

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