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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 pro rata per annum inclusive of outer London HCAS
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
We are seeking a highly motivated and committed individual to join the Sutton and Merton Mental Health Learning Disability Team. The role is a 3 day a week role and we can offer a hybrid approach to working.

You will be interested in working with external partners and be skilled at developing supportive networks. You will have energy, drive and enthusiasm for working with complex case load, delivering assessments and intervention which require clear communication across all agencies.

You will part of an established and highly supportive MDT which includes Nurses, Recovery Support Worker, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Psychiatrists.

There will be opportunities to lead in service development and shape the psychology provision within the service. You will be actively supported to pursue wide ranging CPD opportunities and to collaborate with colleagues across SWLSTGs Neurodevelopmental Services.

The service would welcome discussions with candidates interested in Band 7-8a Preceptorship opportunities

We offer in service training and development opportunities such as:
  • Beginners and Intermediate Systemic/Family Therapy training delivered via highly experienced and skilled trainers/clinicians in the field of systemic work.
  • Specific CPD for psychologists delivered by internal external experts, 'Compassionate Leadership in the NHS' and 'Formulations around self-harm'.
  • PTSD training delivered via a Consultant in PTSD and CPTSD.

Main duties of the job

You will have excellent written and spoken communication skills, an ability to work sensitively and thoughtfully with indivudals and their carers often around challenging and complex presentations. You will:
  • Be responsible for providing a specialist clinical psychology service to adults with learning disabilities, including those with mental health needs and challenging behaviour, within the multidisciplinary team.
  • Provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy to clients. This will involve undertaking direct assessment and intervention with the client or indirect assessment, monitoring and intervention with staff or carers. To offer psychological consultation, advice and expertise to non psychologist colleagues and to care staff or family carers.
  • Work as an independent, autonomous practitioner with full responsibility for highly complex clinical work and to be accountable for all clinical decisions. To work autonomously within professional guidelines.
  • Be responsible for clinically supervising and managing the workload of assistant psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists within the service, and other staff as appropriate. To act as research supervisor to trainee clinical psychologists if required.
  • Use and disseminate research skills to carry out audits, service evaluations and research activities relevant to the service. To contribute to policy and service development changes within the area served by the team.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

Come and join our inclusive teams and help our patients on their recovery journey.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team. This is to include appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a range of sources including independent use and scoring of psychometric assessments (e.g. cognitive assessments and neurological assessments), clinical questionnaires, self-report measures and observations of clients behaviour. To undertake clinical interviews with clients (and carers) in order to gain a thorough and holistic understanding of clients needs, current and past experiences
  • To work as an independent, autonomous practitioner with full responsibility for highly complex clinical work
  • To be accountable for all clinical decisions whilst following BPS and HCPC guidelines, including the obligation for continued supervision.
  • To be responsible for undertaking highly specialist assessments for legal purposes, such as assessments contributing to parenting assessments, residency issues, consent etc, as appropriate.
  • To formulate and implement plans for the highly specialised psychological treatment and/or management of a clients problems, based upon a thorough holistic assessment. The formulation should include consideration of the clients presenting difficulties, personal, social and developmental history, strengths and needs, environmental factors, intellectual ability and level of social support and independence. To consider, evaluate and decide upon a range of interventions and theoretical models across the full range of care settings, including consideration of evidence of efficacy, and to decide upon the most appropriate intervention in liaison with the client or staff or carer.
  • To be responsible for providing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for clients, including individual therapy, group and family/couple therapy, psychological advice, behavioural interventions and formal training to carers and other staff, working towards optimizing well-being for clients and their families. Therapies offered are based on different theoretical models/approaches depending on clients needs and based on best practice, including positive behavioural support, CBT and systemic models. To use specialist skills to tailor/adapt interventions to be appropriate to the clients level of learning disability and presenting problem (e.g. depression, anxiety).
  • To have full responsibility and autonomy for the appropriate assessment, formulation and intervention package provided for the client, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis. Within learning disabilities this is likely to involve liaison with an extensive network of mental health professionals, social care professionals, voluntary agencies and families.
  • To provide expertise and highly specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To provide expertise, consultation and specialist advice to professional colleagues on the psychological assessment and treatment of people with learning disabilities and to promote a psychological perspective of their needs. To provide access, advice and consultation on psychological knowledge, research and research methods to other professionals in the team.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists and other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To act as care co-ordinator where appropriate, including under the Care Programme Approach (CPA) framework, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs. This is to include co-ordinating the work of others involved with care, arranging clients care reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in care and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • To provide expert consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff and agencies outside of the integrated team and StGeorges NHS Trust including advice, consultation and support to clinical staff in mainstream health services to enable them to offer best evidence based practice to adults with learning disabilities accessing their service. These may include organisations such as the local Mental Health Trusts, independent sector agencies and social services.
  • To work with other disciplines and agencies, to provide a coherent and effective service for people with learning disabilities.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS).
  • Registration with the HCPC under the appropriate domain specific title.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC


  • Pre- or post- qualification training in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist in learning disabilities over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Lead Psychologist.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of adults with learning disabilities across a range of care settings, for example outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention for adults with learning disabilities frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well develop skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing complex, highly technical and / or 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.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to people with learning disabilities and mental health problems and/or challenging behaviour.

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Jubilee Health Centre East

6 Stanley Park Rd



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