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Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist & Psychology Lead

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£66,718 to £76,271 pro rata per annum inclusive of inner London HCAS
Closing date
2 Jun 2024

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We are looking to recruit a clinical or counselling psychologist to lead the psychology team within our Neuropsychiatry Service. The Neuropsychiatry Service is a regional outpatient service that provides assessment and treatment for adults over the age of 18 with neurological illness or head injuries who have associated psychiatric problems.

The service offers assessment and treatment for patients with:

o Psychiatric and psychological consequences of neurological conditions, e.g. stroke, head injury, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis or movement disorders.

o Functional neurological disorders, including somatoform and dissociative or conversion disorders, e.g. functional non-epileptic attacks, non-organic movement disorders.

o Organic psychiatric illness, e.g. early onset dementia, schizophreniform disorders with organic brain changes.

o Grey zone disorders which straddle neurology and psychiatry, difficult to diagnose or various rare syndromes.

The service is closely allied to the regional neuroscience centre based at the Atkinson Morley Wing of St. George's Hospital. The service is led by Dr Niruj Agrawal, a nationally recognised expert consultant neuropsychiatrist and researcher, who heads a multi-disciplinary team consisting of consultant psychiatrists, neuropsychiatry and neurology trainees, a specialty doctor, a specialist nurse, as well as two psychologists, a CBT therapist, and an assistant psychologist.

Main duties of the job

The post holder's main role will be to take a lead role in the strategic planning and delivery of psychological interventions within the Neuropsychiatry Service, to provide clinical supervision and training to members of the psychology team, and to offer specialist psychological therapy (CBT, incl. trauma-focused CBT, and EMDR) to patients referred to the service. The service currently offers both individual and group psychological treatments. The current post would be suitable for someone looking to develop professional management and leadership skills as well as highly specialist clinical skills in the specialist area of neuropsychiatry.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Working within a highly specialised Neuropsychiatry Service, to provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological (and where appropriate to the professional, neuropsychological) tests, self-report measures, rating scales direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy. To be responsible for implementing a range of highly specialist psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, reflecting the current evidence base for the treatment and management of functional neurological disorder and neurological conditions with associated mental health difficulties, employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.
  • To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.
  • To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the psychological treatment of relevant clients, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals and external agencies contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the clinical team have access to a psychologically based framework for the understanding and care of clients of the service, through the provision of advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological knowledge, research and theory.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for relevant individual clients and to provide both general and specialist advice for psychologists, psychotherapists other professionals and external agencies on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To communicate in a highly skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.
  • To provide consultation about the psychological care of the client group to staff within, and staff and agencies outside the service

  • Person Specification

    Training and Qualifications


    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS/HCPC
    • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists / psychological therapists
    • To be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council under the appropriate domain specific title


    • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice, preferably CBT



    • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist including significant post qualification experience with people diagnosed with functional neurological disorder
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
    • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
    • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision


    • Experience of supervised provision of evidence-based interventions for people with functional neurological disorder Specific experience of supervised provision of CBT and/or EMDR
    • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
    • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty
    • Experience of representing the profession in local policy fora
    • Experience of the application of psychological therapies in different cultural contexts

    Knowledge & Skills


    • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
    • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
    • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
    • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
    • A high level ability to communicate effectively at both a written and oral level complex, highly technical and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and a wide range of lay and professional persons within and outside the NHS
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups


    • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups which includes FND
    • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


    Grosvenor Wing, St George's Hospital

    Blackshaw Rd


    SW17 0QT

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