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Head of Psychology - Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£91,317 to £104,122 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
18 May 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen to apply for Head of Psychology for the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea . This would be a part time role. Candidates will be a Consultant Clinical / Counselling Psychologist with leadership experience to take on a professional leadership role at the Head of Psychology for CNWL's dynamic, successful and well-regarded integrated Psychology services.

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.

Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality psychological services to service users and stake-holders of the borough psychology services adult community mental health hubs, acute and urgent services and specialist trauma services. For Kensington and Chelsea this also includes Clinical Health Psychology at Chelsea . The post holder will have professional leadership responsibility for the day-to-day clinical management and practice of psychological therapists and other staff working in the services. They will work closely with the Borough Director and Borough Clinical Director and join the Borough Senior Management Team in the delivery of excellent mental health and social care across the borough. The successful candidate will be supported by the Trust Chief Psychologist and other senior colleagues.

Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to seek further information by contacting

About us

CNWL Trust Values

Compassion:Our staff will be led by compassion and embody the values of care outlined in our Staff Charter.Respect:We will respect and value the diversity of our patients, service users and staff, to create a respectful and inclusive environment, which recognises the uniqueness of each individual.Empowerment:We will involve, inform and empower our patients, service users, carers and their families to take an active role in the management of their illness and adopt recovery principles.We will ensure our staff receive appropriate direction and support, to enable them to develop and grow.Partnership:We will work closely with our many partners to ensure that our combined efforts are focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for the people we serve.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Leadership, governance and management of the CNWL psychology provision and the psychological professions staff within the Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. Specifically Adult Mental Health Community, Adult Acute and Crisis Services, Early Intervention Service, Grenfell Services, Woodfield Road Trauma Service To ensure the provision of psychology across the borough takes a whole system approach with co-ordination of care for service users, especially for those service users with the most complex needs accessing multiple services. To ensure the provision of psychology across the borough actively addresses health inequalities and is anti-discriminatory to meet the needs of all the communities within the borough having a staff team that is competent to do so and is itself diverse. To participate fully as a member of the multidisciplinary borough Senior Management Team. Working closely with the Brough Director, Clinical Director and other senior colleagues. Providing managerial and psychological expertise, advice and consultation to other members of the team. To be professionally responsible for the delivery of psychosocial interventions across Kensington and Chelsea Mental Health Services including clinical oversight of all adult psychological therapy pathways. To ensure the services are accessible and acceptable to15service users from all local communities and addresses health inequalities in the access to and provision of services. To be responsible to the Chief Psychologist for the monitoring and implementation of professional standards in the practice of applied psychology in the Borough services and for the systematic and effective provision of professional supervision. To ensure that relevant National and Trust policy, standards and directorate targets for services the post has responsibility for are being met. To propose and implement policy and service development and to lead on service evaluation and research. To be responsible for provision of effective teaching, training and clinical supervision in psychological and trauma informed approaches and the provision of expert psychological advice for all mental health service staff in K& C. To work effectively with multi-disciplinary teams, understanding the process of change in services and implementation of innovation within systems. Working with a range of professionals, service users and carers to facilitate involvement in service planning and delivery. To ensure effective partnership and liaison with other professional disciplines and with relevant partner agencies at both a strategic and operational level within the Borough, Division, Trust and wider system. To contribute to current developments in the field of psychology and related psychological professions, both locally and nationally. Actively participate in the Trust Psychology Leadership Group and collaborate with counterpart Heads of Psychology in other CNWL boroughs. To ensure that allocated human and financial resources are used effectively where appropriate.

Person Specification

Training & Qualifications


  • Entry-level qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology as detailed below (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice relevant to local services through formal post-qualification training such as CBT DBT, MBT, SFT or similar therapeutic approach for patients with complex emotional needs (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by a BPS National Assessor and an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher
  • Completed training course in clinical supervision.
  • Registered with the HCPC as Practitioner Psychologist, and evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HCPC.


  • Post qualification and / or accreditation / registration in a specialist area of psychological practice
  • Leadership qualification
  • Qualification in supervision
  • Qualification in research
  • Other relevant professional qualification



  • Established experience of leading / managing a psychology service at Consultant level or equivalent
  • Experience of undertaking leadership roles
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for the psychological care and treatment with clients with complex needs and acting as a senior clinician across a service
  • Experience in leading clinical services that are anti-discriminatory, accessible and acceptable to diverse socio-economic groups
  • Experience of professional and clinical management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to psychologists or other professional groups
  • Evidence of contribution to the promotion of equality and diversity across the service
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities
  • Experience of carrying out post-doctoral research, audit or service evaluation projects
  • Experience of proposing and implementing QI and service development projects that impact beyond own service area
  • Experience of representing the profession in local directorate/divisional fora


  • Experience of being a lead for psychology in a directorate or division.
  • Record of publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of management and leadership
  • Advanced knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics
  • Advanced level knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group, mental health issues and child protection
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and complex statistical analysis
  • Knowledge of factors affecting health inequalities, acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
  • Advanced level awareness of racial and diversity issues and knowledge of strategies to promote equality and diversity
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC.
  • Evidence of continuing training in a specialised area of psychological practice through formal post-doctoral training (diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses, OR an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice-based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a postgraduate diploma

Skills & Abilities


  • To deliver psychological therapy across cultural and other differences
  • Skills in negotiating with management on strategic policies
  • Ability to hold a leadership role within a multi-disciplinary service/services
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment and intervention in a specialist area.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Advanced practitioner skills in at least one model of psychological therapy
  • Highly developed verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex, highly technical and sensitive information to clients, families and colleagues
  • Highly developed consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership and management skills
  • Ability to work as an autonomous practitioner with appropriate level of clinical and managerial supervision
  • Ability to take the lead in developing, identifying and employing mechanisms of clinical governance for the support and maintenance of clinical practice
  • Well-developed IT skills


  • Ability to provide care and treatment in a language in addition to English relevant to local communities.



  • Commitment to continuing professional development, to partnership working and to reflective clinical practice


  • Lived experience of mental health or other long term conditions

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Kensington & Chelsea Psychology Services

St Charles Hospital


W10 6DZ

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