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Lead Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 Per Annum Inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
30 Apr 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Full Time

Job Details

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Principal Lead Clinical Psychologist to join a passionate team of professionals working in partnership with people with learning disabilities and their carers in Ealing.

Ealing community team for people with learning disabilities is an integrated multidisciplinary team with a reputation for delivering high quality person and family centred outcomes and wider systemic change. The appointed candidate will be responsible for helping to lead an established psychological services team comprising of 2 qualified psychologists, 2 assistant psychologists, 3 Positive behaviour support specialists, and a Music and Art therapist.

As a lead psychologist in the service, you will be well placed to innovate and to deliver creative and new ways to make a difference to the lives of service users and their families.

Main duties of the job

To work closely and collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary teamwithin Ealing community team for people with learning disabilities. The post holder will be responsible for providing and leading on specialist psychological input and pathways as part of the wider service. The successful candidate will be expected to provide consultation, training and advice to other organisations. The role offers opportunity to shape future delivery of services, with support from experts by experience, peers within the team and the Head of Psychology. The role will involve providing clinical supervision and management to more junior psychologists within the psychology service.

The post holder will act as a lead clinician in the service ensuring that high quality individualised care is delivered which ensures safety and a commitment to wellbeing maximising independence. The post holder will support the development of local care pathways and provide in-depth specialist knowledge and advice that will inform this process.

We actively promote, research, continuing professional development and the development of individual areas of interest.

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

Training & Qualifications


  • Doctorate level training in clinical psychology, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • Up to date registration with Health and Care Professionals Council as a Practitioner Psychologist.
  • Evidence of ongoing continuing professional development (as required by HCPC, BPS, Trust)


  • Qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Further training and qualification in autistic spectrum conditions (e.g. autism diagnostic interview - revised and autism diagnostic observation schedule)
  • Pre or post-qualification training in a relevant area, such as systemic psychotherapy or Positive Behaviour Support.

Experience & Knowledge


  • Experience providing specialist psychological assessment, formulation, and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Working with people who have learning disabilities/autism who present with challenging needs.
  • Experience of drawing on a Positive Behaviour Support Framework including carrying out functional assessment.
  • Working with a wide variety of service user groups across the learning disability spectrum with a full range of needs (including behaviours that challenge, mental health, abuse etc).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Understanding and experience of adapting communication and therapeutic approaches to work with people with learning disabilities.


  • Specific experience in the quantitative assessment and audit for people with learning disabilities



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Ability to undertake complex multiagency working and liaise with multiple systems effectively.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and 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.
  • Values led collaborative team working and multidisciplinary pathway implementation.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.


  • Demonstrable experience in co-production with people with learning disabilities.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Other skills/ Requirements


  • 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.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Ealing Adult Learning Disability Services


W7 2PB

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