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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - CAMHS, Crisis, Home Treatment

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£58,972 to £68,525 Per Annum
Closing date
20 May 2024
Are you an experienced clinician looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to join a service at a time of exciting change?

Here at CNWL we encourage our psychological professions staff to pursue leadership opportunities in senior roles. Various prominent leadership roles within the Trust are currently held by Psychologists including: Director of Strategy and Integration, Chief Information Officer, & Clinical Directors. We facilitate the development of our psychological professions staff across all areas. The professional group is led by our Director of Therapies and our Chief Psychologist, both Consultant Clinical Psychologists.

We are looking for applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic psychologists and therapists who are committed to delivering patient-focused care and treatment. We are looking for well-rounded and experienced practitioners. Our staffwork pro-actively, with confidence, motivation and initiativeWe find that they are oftenflexible,robust and resourceful and able to manage the challenges of working in an environment which can be demanding.

We prioritize collaboration within our team and with our community partnerships, so we are hoping to find candidates who have the required communication and interpersonal skills that will allow them to thrive when working within their own team and with external partner organizations, in order to provide a meaningful service to the diverse populations we serve.

Main duties of the job

The MK Sp CAMHS Crisis Resolution and Home Treatment Team (MK Sp CAMHS-CRHTT) is a new provision in Milton Keynes. It is a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of mental health professionals providing a 24-hour, 7 day per week service to young people experiencing an acute mental health crisis. The team will provide an alternative to acute hospital admission by delivering intensive community-based interventions. Where a hospital admission does occur, the MK Sp CAMHS-CRHTT will assist in shortening the inpatient stay by facilitating early discharge and support back to the community. The role of MK Sp CAMHS-CRHTT is conduct urgent Comprehensive Mental Assessments for service users and determine as required the need for either home treatment or admission. MK Sp CAMHS-CRHTT will robustly review young people who may require an acute admission and consider if they can provide a less restrictive alternative to hospital admission.

The post holder will be expected to lead the development of the psychology provision in the team, working with CAMHS, the general hospital, parents and carers and other stakeholders to ensure the delivery of psychologically informed care within the team. They will be part of the assessment and formulation of young people's needs, and oversee psychological interventions. In this relatively new role the experienced post holder will have creative freedom to find the most effective ways of meeting best practice guidance.

About us

CNWL is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ in line with our values, our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries. With us, you will get -

A Trust committed to staff personal development, with a trust wide culture change and leadership programme that has staff wellbeing at its core.

An opportunity to work for one of the top 10NHS employers

Flexible working

Variety of work

Access to a variety of CPD opportunities

We encourage staff input and ideas in relation to moving services forward, improving care pathways and meeting the client group's needs.

As a Trust we are committed to investing in our staff through a range of initiatives, both profession-specific and organisation wide. Psychological professions staff are able to access a range of trust-wide CPD initiatives. We have partnered with Bespoke and Contextual Consulting to provide some of the profession specific CPD, alongside additional CPD sessions we commission as part of CNWL CPD programme for Psychological Professions. CNWL also has seven established staff networks supporting a range of individual needs.

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see individual job descriptions for information as to each role. If candidates are interested in more than one role, please do contact the Lead Psychologist, as there may be opportunities to blend roles or work across more than one team depending on interest and experience.

Person Specification

Training and Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or its equivalent, including specific models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two (such as CBT) or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS/BABCP.
  • Eligibility for: Registration with the Health and Social Care Professions Council as a Practioner Psychologist.


  • Post-Doctoral training in clinical approaches relevant to work with complex and severe mental health difficulties such as DBT, SAFE, cognitive behavioural therapies and/or systemic work.



  • Substantial post qualification experience of working in mental health settings, including specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings, particularly for young people.
  • Experience of working in acute mental health inpatient or crisis settings, working with a range of age ranges, cultures and clinical groups.
  • Post qualification experience of working with young people affected by psychological trauma.

Skills and Knowledge


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • 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, autistic spectrum disorders).


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group & mental health.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Eaglestone Health Centre


Milton Keynes


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