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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£70,417 to £81,138 Per Annum
Closing date
25 May 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8C
Full Time
We are seeking a passionate and committed Consultant Psychologist/Psychological Practitioner to provide clinical and strategic leadership to our inpatient psychology teams. You will be working in partnership with the Head of Psychological Services for Acute Mental Health Services. The role will be based at our mental health units in Hammersmith and Isleworth, both units have male and female adult acute wards and a Health Based Place of Safety. In Hammersmith the unit also has a male psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU). Service users present in acute mental health crisis with a diverse range of psychological needs and risk concerns and are in need of intensive treatment with most service users detained under the Mental Health Act.

The role will provide a career development opportunity to work in a leadership position ensuring that high quality, trauma informed psychological care is provided within the inpatient setting. This will involve both provision of direct interventions with service users and carers, providing clinical/line management supervision and contributing to the development of processes for the psychology provision on the unit. The role will also provide the opportunity to develop strategic leadership skills working with the Head of Psychological Services and the senior management team drawing on national guidance and Trust objectives to delivery an effective, evidenced based service.

Main duties of the job

You will lead on the provision and delivery of a comprehensive psychology service including direct and indirect psychological interventions, facilitating case formulation for MDT colleagues, facilitating reflective practice, supervising and supporting psychology colleagues.

You will work as a key member of the senior management team of each unit contributing to the leadership and development of the service. Along with working in partnership with the Head of Psychology for Acute Mental Health Services.

Skills in working with service users presenting with acute mental health difficulties, experience of providing direct and indirect interventions adapted for an acute mental health setting, skills in working with MDT colleagues to enable them to work in a psychologically informed approach, supervisory and leadership experience are essential.

We require a genuine commitment to implementing and embedding least restrictive practice and trauma informed care in an acute mental health setting in which service users are presenting with the highest levels of needs. Along with an interest in supporting and developing both psychology colleagues and the psychology skills of MDT colleagues.

You will be based at Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit and Lakeside Mental Health Unit. The role will be predominantly based at these sites, there will be some capacity for home based working. Please contact us to discuss further

About us

Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit: Great transport links both Hammersmith and Barons Court tube are walking distance from the unit.

Lakeside Mental Health Unit: Nearest stations are Isleworth and Syon Lane on the main line from Waterloo and Clapham Junction. Alternatively, a short bus ride from Twickenham or Hounslow. Cycling to work also possible and storage for your bike is available.

It is also possible to travel between the units using public transport or driving.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Pack for full details about this role.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in more detail, please contact Dr Gemma Allison, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Interim Head of Psychological Services for Acute Mental Health Services.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling 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 and/or accredited psychological practitioner with at least 5 years of experience working as a band 8b.
  • Formal training in the supervision of psychological staff.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development in accordance with professional registration requirements.


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.



  • Significant clinical experience, including a significant period of post-qualification experience within acute services.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user 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 patients' psychological care


  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty.
  • Experience in the assessment and treatment of service users with interpersonal and relational difficulties.



  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology.
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the patient group and mental health system.
  • Knowledge of and a good understanding of the framework of government and national policy.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for service users that have specific needs and are groups for which there are barriers to engagement.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Hammersmith & Fulham Mental Health Unit


W6 8NF

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