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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
27 Apr 2024

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Due to recent expansion and exciting developments to our service, we are seeking a passionate and committed clinical or counselling psychologist to join our dynamic Eating Disorders Team.

This is an exciting time to join the service and you will play a key role in the development and delivery of an innovative offer for people with mild eating disorders and also support the implementation of our First Episode Rapid Early Intervention for Eating Disorders (FREED) service.

In addition to taking a key role in these service developments, you will have a caseload of clients and contribute to supervision and training for trainee psychologists and junior colleagues. The post is an excellent opportunity for an early career psychologist looking to consolidate specialist clinical skills and gain leadership experience.

At West London NHS Trust we want to employ talented, passionate and skilled psychological professionals, so that we can provide the best healthcare possible to those who use our services. In return, we are committed to investing in and supporting our staff.

Main duties of the job

In this role, we offer:
  • Opportunity to complete fully funded CBT-E training and/or DBT Training with time for this built into your job plan
  • Hybrid office based/ home based working week. Please contact us for more details.
  • Flexible working, with full/part time opportunities available(minimum 3 days/week)
  • Supportive work environment - in a recent survey psychological professionals in our Community and Recovery Services reported high levels of satisfaction with the psychological leadership, supervision and training they receive.
  • A Golden Hello! An additional 10% of salary bonus payment will be paid over 2 years.
  • A relocation allowance of up �8,000, if moving more than 40 miles. Please contact us for more details.
  • A comprehensive CPD and reflective practice program.
  • Opportunities to link and collaborate with the North Thames Doctorate courses through supervision, teaching and research.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • Full registration with the Health Professionals Council
  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)
  • Training in clinical supervision for Doctoral, and equivalent, trainees


  • Completion of relevant of post-doctoral training/qualifications in relevant psychological



  • Experience working as a qualified psychologist including at least one year's post qualification experience as a qualified psychologist within a setting that provides direct clinical experience with eating disorders.
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of practicing clinically with service users from a range of cultural backgrounds and experience working with interpreters.


  • Experience in delivering DBT.
  • Experience undertaking quality improvement projects/audits/service development projects

Knowledge and skills


  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology, including eating disorders and personality disorders
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
  • Able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options)
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Able to sit for lengthy periods of time while demonstrating active listening skills
  • Able to maintain light physical effort for short periods
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods
  • Able to function in potentially traumatic circumstances and in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with service users with serious mental illness, self-harm, histories of sexual abuse)
  • Able to provide services in an environment with service users who may be challenging and where the awareness of risk must always be maintained
  • Able to respond adaptably to rapidly changing service demands
  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS
  • Must be capable of being guided by precedent, clearly defined policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  • Able to reflect on own professional practice through the clinical supervision process
  • Willing to participate actively in CPD in line with BPS guidelines
  • 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


  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Eating Disorder Central

St Bernards


W7 3HL

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