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Practitioner Psychologist

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum pro rata including HCA
Closing date
22 May 2024
We are looking for an enthusiastic, creative and flexible Practitioner Psychologist to become part of a brand new integrated psychology team within the Major Trauma Centre at King's College Hospital. This unique opportunity has come about as a result of an innovative and exciting programme of work within London's four Major Trauma Centres (MTCs) that has been supported by funding from the NHS London Violence Reduction Programme team in collaboration with Specialised Commissioning.

The successful post holder will support the Principal Practitioner Psychologist and Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist in the delivery and operationalisation of an integrated model of psychological care for survivors of major trauma. The post holder will also provide dedicated psychology input which will include specialist screening, assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.

Established support structures are in place with the post holder benefitting from clinical and professional supervision, support from the regional psychology clinical lead for major trauma, MTC data analyst colleagues, close working relationships from numerous medical departments within King's College Hospital and peer support from a friendly and innovative group of psychologists and psychotherapists working in a busy hospital setting serving a diverse inner city population.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a specialist integrated psychology service to the MTC at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust including specialist screening, assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles, policies and procedures of the employing organisation (King's College Hospital), partner organisations (South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust) and the MTC service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of �1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reach is our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients in the MTC service including developing and delivering psychological interventions with support from clinical supervisor that are tailored to meet the needs of both inpatients and those who have been discharged.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To work with MTC colleagues to co-ordinate the services delivered as part of the MTC psychosocial team

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the psychosocial team and the MTC service and to help contribute to the development and facilitation of a psychologically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team and services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.

KR 3 Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.

KR 4 Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

KR 5 Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of an assistant psychologist if required, under supervision from a more senior psychologist.
  • To supervise trainee applied psychologists within own area of specialism after completion of the relevant Training Courses Supervision Training.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To provide occasional specialist training in psychological approaches to care to other professions as appropriate.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development
  • To undertake regular complex service evaluation, audits or research relevant to service needs.

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior psychologist according to HCPC and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with BPS and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and the HCPC Standards for Continuing Professional Development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the BPSs Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

KR10 General
  • To travel to sites across the Trust and the area it serves as appropriate and when required.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations including those associated with critically unwell patients and those approaching end of life care and to support others involved in such situations where appropriate.

Person Specification



  • oEntry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. (Doctoral trainees in their final months of gaining their qualification will also be considered)
  • oRegistered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist.



  • Experience of receiving clinical supervision across a range of client needs.
  • Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature
  • Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and / or lived experience
  • Experience of developing and carrying out research projects


  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams with colleagues from a range of disciplines
  • Experience of having worked with people experiencing psychological distress as a result of physical illness



  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of psychological therapies for people experiencing trauma
  • Knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources


  • An understanding of models of health psychology in addition to models of psychopathology



  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients and groups and carers, and for meetings such as CPA and case reviews
  • To plan allocation of tasks to assistant psychologists
  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data



  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with critical unwell patients, victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital

Denmark Hill



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