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8A Memory Service Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Kingsbury, London
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
31 May 2024
We are looking to recruit a Band 8a Clinical Psychologist/Neuropsychologist in the Brent Memory Service for a fixed term 12 month maternity cover post.

It will be a great opportunity to join a friendly, innovative and supportive team which has good connection to community and charity partners.

We are passionate to fair access to high quality and psychologically informed dementia assessment and diagnosis.

The post holder will also join a local psychology team including other clinical psychologists, an assistant psychologist and mental health wellbeing practitioners. And be closely linked to a passionate wider network of older people's mental health and psychological professionals where there is opportunity for CPD, research and innovative practice.

The post will be based in the diverse borough of Brent, Northwest London and work includes seeing people in the clinic and the community.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Main duties of the job

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.

This post is responsible for providing high-quality psychology and neuropsychology services to the Brent Memory Service. This includes offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to the carers of service users and working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Teams' policies and procedures. The post holder will also offer clinical supervision for an assistant and trainee psychologist in the team. There will be opportunities for service development and research.

About us

CNWL (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust) has almost 8,000 staff providing integrated healthcare to a third of London's population, Milton Keynes and areas beyond. We involve service users, carers, the public, staff and partner organisations in the way that we are run.

Our catchment area spans diverse communities, with over 100 first languages spoken. It contains areas of great affluence as well as areas of much deprivation. We are committed to providing services that meet the needs of the people who use them, and we actively encourage involvement from local people who can help make a difference. We're proud of our diversity and we continue to undertake new initiatives to advance equality for LGBT+, BME and people with disabilities to promote good relations and understanding between our staff. We are recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ only the best people, and 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.

We offer a generous relocation package (subject to eligibility assessment) and flexible working options, including bank assignments for most roles. See attached Staff Reward and Wellbeing Handbook detailing our benefits, discounts and wellbeing initiatives for staff.

Become part of our team. We care for you as much as you care for others.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Brent Memory Service provides assessment and intervention to people in the borough of Brent with suspected dementia and with a diagnosis of dementia. The service also provides support to the families and carers of people with dementia. The service functions in both outpatient clinic and community settings. The post holder will work closely with other members of the multidisciplinary team, comprising of psychiatry, nursing and occupational therapy, in order to ensure the highest standards of care.

Refer to Job description and person specification for further details.

Person Specification

Training and qualifications


  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996), including specifically models of psychopathology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Training in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Current HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.


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



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and inpatient settings.
  • Experience in clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client 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 being clinically supervised in working as a specialist clinical psychologist with older people or in neuropsychology.


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in working with people living with cognitive impairment and / or dementia, including the formal assessment of cognition.

knowledge and skills


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists.


  • 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 etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

Attitude, Aptitudes and Personal Characteristics


  • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person.
  • Able to build constructive relationships and warmth and empathy, using good communication skills
  • Ability to identify and articulate own training needs
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently and influence others
  • Excellent team player with proven ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to make decisions and problem solve when dealing in both routine and complex situations
  • Ability to organise own work and caseload
  • Ability to work in a stressful environment and concentrate in conditions requiring emotional demands
  • Ability to recognise own limitations and have a willingness to share and learn skills from others
  • Ability to prioritise own and others caseloads
  • Demonstrates positive attitude and behaviours
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with people with complex difficulties and in difficult situations
  • Recognises own limitations and have willingness to share and learn from others
  • Ability to concentrate and work in conditions requiring emotional demands


  • Understanding of particular needs of older adults



  • The post holder must have the ability to understand and implement the Equal Opportunities Policy at a level appropriate to the job.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • Full driving licence and access to a suitable vehicle for work.

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Fairfield house

Fairfield crescent

Kingsbury, London


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