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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum (pro rata if P/T)
Closing date
23 May 2024

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The national direction of travel, outlined in the NHS Long Term Plan, is towards the provision of more integrated, personalised and place based care. In line with this vision, CNWL have created multidisciplinary, health and social care Community Mental Health Hubs, with a single hub in Milton Keynes working closely with Primary Care Networks. This post will be a member of the Milton Keynes Community Mental Health Hub delivering care to the population of Milton Keynes. The Milton Keynes Community Mental Health Hub is made up of three pathways Therapy pathway, Psychosocial pathway, and Diagnosis and Condition Management pathway.

This role would be based within the Therapies pathway within the Hub. Therapies offer interventions in a stepped care approach for a wide range of needs, broadly summarised as mood problems, trauma, psychosis, and complex emotional needs (clients who may have attracted a diagnosis of personality disorder). We have a very established team working specifically with clients who present with complex emotional needs. This includes the delivery of MBT verbal, MBT art, and DBT. We recognise the importance of gaining experience with a variety of presentations and therefore, depending on interests, the post-holder would also be supported to work with clients who present with complex trauma, complex mood, and psychosis difficulties.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological/therapeutic assessments of service-users referred to the Therapies pathway upon appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources. This will include the use of routine psychometric assessments and measures, observations and interviews where appropriate.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for all service-users in attendance within the service, including the protective and risk factors present in the network of significant relationships.

To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision.

To maintain professional registration.

About us

We're passionate about delivering first-class patient-centred, safe and effective care, whether it is in a hospital setting, in a community clinic or in the patients own home. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Providing top quality care depends on our ability to employ the best people. Were always looking to recruit outstanding people who will go the extra mile to support our patients, colleagues, teams and the Trust. With every new employee were hoping to find our future leaders and well support our staff by providing opportunities to develop your career.

With a diverse culture and equally diverse range of opportunities across mental health, community services, addictions, eating disorders, learning disabilities and more whatever stage of your career you're at, there's always a place for you at CNWL.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychology/therapeutic input to the service users referred to the team.
  • The post holder will work collaboratively with the leads for the pathways within the Mental Health Hub and other areas of the mental health service across Milton Keynes
  • The post holder will lead on developing and delivering the brief and longer-term psychological interventions for service users.
  • A key part of the role will be evaluation and audit of the effectiveness of the team in reducing hospital admission and length of stay.
  • The post holder will be expected to be involved in the supervision of colleagues from other professional backgrounds, assistant psychologists, as well as junior psychologists and trainees (once preceptorship is completed) where appropriate.
  • The post holder will be expected to develop the structures and skills necessary for all mental health workers to think psychologically as a core philosophy of treatment delivery.

Person Specification



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and formulation of complex mental health presentations including Trauma presentations
  • Experience of working psychologically with people who have complex mental health problems, including trauma and personality disorder
  • Experience of teaching, training and supervision.
  • Experience of skills in group work
  • Experience of working in an NHS community mental health settings in secondary and tertiary care.

Skills and knowledge


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessment and intervention for people with mental health presentations
  • Knowledge of legislation and NICE guidance in relation to this client group



  • Valid drivers licence and the ability to drive to different locations



  • 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 BPS/HCPC
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Stantonbury Health Centre


Milton Keynes

MK14 6BL

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