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Clinical Psychologist Acute Inpatient Wards

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata for part time)
Closing date
24 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

Milton Keynes inpatient services consist of two adult acute wards, an older adult ward and 7 bed rehabilitation unit.

You would be working in a thriving multi-disciplinary team. Psychology is an established aspect of the inpatient service, spanning a range of duties and functions including assessment, formulation, intervention as well as staff support and training. You would play a key role in developing formulations and contributing to care plans in a timely fashion for patients coming on the ward, particularly those with Complex Emotional Needs where the length of stay is likely to be brief. You will also support the development of trauma informed approaches across the inpatient services.

We are recovery focused, and deliver person centred, compassion focused and trauma informed care. Milton Keynes were proud to be the first inpatient unit within the Trust to develop peer worker roles, and now the role of lived experience practitioners is now firmly established across CNWL and peer support workers play a full part in the inpatient team. . CNWL is also an 'early adopter' for Open Dialogue within the UK and there would be opportunities for the post holder to provide leadership in this regard.

Please note:The job description for this post is based on Band 8a competencies. However, newly qualified applicants will also be considered at Band 7 with a preceptorship period.

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.

Take a look at our dedicated website for lots of useful information

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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 & Qualifications


  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or its equivalent, including specifically models of mental health, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Post qualification training in a specialist psychological therapy / family / systemic therapy or neuropsychology.



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings, including community, primary care and in service user settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a clinical psychologist, or an alternative agreed by the Trust Chief Psychologist.
  • Experience of the application of clinical or counselling psychology in different cultural contexts.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience working as a specialist clinical psychologist under supervision.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of trauma informed care and its application to menta health services.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists, including trainees.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Campbell Centre

Milton Keynes


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