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Principal Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 per annum pro rata inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Are you looking for a part time role that will give you a genuine opportunity to develop your skills? If so, we are looking for an excellent clinician who wishes to continue their clinical practice whilst also developing knowledge and skills in service development in a genuinely friendly and supportive team alongside our existing 8b psychologist (0.6wte). The post is 0.4wte and will be based in Ealing.

As well as clinical work with older people with a wide variety of mental health problems you will be contributing to the development of the service which is currently in its infancy. As the teams are small there is a need for a flexible approach to psychology provision and we are looking to expand the work we do with the families and carers of people whose our services. It is likely that how we provide psychology services will change over time as the service develops and we better understand the needs of our population.

Main duties of the job

Within the Ealing SOAMHS MDT, the post holder will have joint responsibility for the provision of psychological assessment and treatment to individuals with complex mental health needs who may also have co-existing physical and social needs. They will be responsible for developing psychological provision within these new teams. The post holder will supervise qualified psychologists and help develop skills in the team to increase understanding of the psychological needs of service users and their carers. They will work with colleagues across local services advocating for both the role of psychology within the MDTs and the specific needs of older people with our community partners

The post holder will contribute to the development of SOAMHS as it expands to support people who may not traditionally been supported by secondary mental health teams. Outreach work will be an import part of this and experience in this area would be welcomed

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

Qualifications and Training


  • Good honors degree (2:1 minimum) in Psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Training in clinical supervision for Doctoral and equivalent, trainees


  • Other related academic qualifications.
  • Evidence of post-doctoral training in systemic therapy and/or other psychological therapy techniques
  • Evidence of training in Community Psychology



  • Experience working as a qualified (highly specialist) psychologist within a clinical psychology setting (or equivalent).
  • Experience of working with older people
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.


  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy with families.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.



  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice.
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions.
  • 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 highly 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), where expert opinions may differ.


  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes (individual or group) involving other staff and other aspects of the work such as research activity.
  • 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
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software.
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

Personal Qualities


  • Able to adapt to rapidly changing service demands
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods with unpredictable patients (e.g., in the assessment and treatment of patients with very complex difficulties).
  • Able to function in potentially traumatic circumstances and in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g., in dealing with patients with serious mental illness, histories of homicide and serious violence, self- harm, sexual abuse).
  • Able to work in a contained environment with service users who are disturbed and sometimes violent and where the awareness of the risk of assault must always be maintained.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


CID Joint Working

Sycamore Lodge



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