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Principal Applied Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
4 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
As a senior member of the Liaison Psychiatry and UHS Adult Psychology teams you will work with the Adult and Older Adult Liaison Psychiatry teams to extend and develop psychological practice within the liaison team and work with patients and staff within Southampton General Hospital. The post has been extended to a full time senior post to allow for the development of the service and new initiatives.

The postholder will line manage, and be based with, a Clinical Associate Practitioner. Also, you will have close working links with other local liaison psychologists and a large team of Psychologists working in the hospital either within Staff Psychology or Clinical Health Psychology in UHS Adult Psychology.

Balancing wellbeing with work demands and developing your professional skills are highly valued within the UHS Adult Psychology team. It offers many opportunities to develop your interest in therapeutic approaches through informal networking, facilitated reflective practice, education days and specialist supervision or discussion groups. Currently we have active interests in Systemic, Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and EMDR therapeutic approaches. Funded training opportunities are available to all team Psychologists recently these have included EMDR, ACT and CAT.

UHS Adult Psychology is active in local and national specialist psychology groups. We have close links with Southampton University and many psychologists teach on the systemic and health modules.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will work with the liaison team to provide a psychological service for the team, medical colleagues, and families. They will offer assessment and short term interventions to patients and supervision, consultation, and training to medical and liaison colleagues. Currently the team is involved in a national RCT to offer follow up interventions for patients who self-harm.

Postholders will be encouraged to work with the liaison teams to develop new initiatives and work within the hospital to develop and enhance psychological thinking and practice. This will also involve linking with the new acute care pathway in SHFT and community mental health services.

Within our service we have generic job descriptions to assist career development and gaining experience. We would encourage people to contact the team to find out more about the posts and the clinical area. We would be very happy to answer any of your questions.

If you would like to find out more information this post, please contact Dr Beth George 023 81 205782 or by emailing

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 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 and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Princess Anne Hospital

Coxford Road



SO16 5YA

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