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Principal Applied Psychologist / Psychotherapist

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 Per annum
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Psychological Service for Older People in the Dover and Deal Community Mental Health Service for Older People, East Directorate. This post would suit someone who has a genuine interest in and substantial experience of working therapeutically with this varied and rewarding client group. An understanding of the needs of those with mental health difficulties as well as of those living with dementia, and the ability to work with those who have cognitive difficulties, is essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be primarily situated at the Dover and Deal CMHSOP, with travel expected to other work bases, as required by the responsibilities of the post. The role involves being part of a multidisciplinary team and supporting colleagues across Older People's Psychology services based in the South Kent Coast, East Directorate. You will work closely with other community & inpatient colleagues to provide a comprehensive psychology service to older people with a wide range of complex mental health difficulties and dementia. Experience of neuropsychological assessment for dementia is a key requirement for this post. You will be contributing & leading on key priorities in Older People's psychology services and holding responsibility for line management & clinical supervision of qualified & junior psychology staff, as well as supporting with the clinical supervision of MDT staff. The role will also involve providing consultation to carers, families & teams, participating in multidisciplinary staff development and contributing to group work. Undertaking service evaluations & audits across the East Kent Directorate to enhance service provision of psychological therapies to older people is a key part of the role.

About us

Come and work with us in the Garden of England where we combine exceptional professional development opportunities with a tremendous quality of life.

We are Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT), providing mental health, learning disability and specialist services, serving 1.8 million people in Kent and Medway, as well as specialist services for adults in Sussex and Surrey. We are rated Good overall by the CQC.

Each year we care for over 2,000 people in our hospitals and 54,000 people in the community.

We are proud to employ over 3,800 people from 66 nationalities, and to serve an increasingly diverse range of communities across rural and urban areas.

You will be joining friendly, passionate colleagues, rich in their diversity, who are committed to providing excellent care to our service users and their loved ones.

The nature of our work attracts kindness and compassion as standard and everyone from our cleaners and porters to the chief executive and chairman are recognised as playing a vital role in providing an exemplary service.

Our strategy

Our mission is what we set out to do every dayWe deliver brilliant care through brilliant people

Our vision is where we want to be in the futureTo provide outstanding care and to work in partnership to deliver this in the right place, for every service user, every time.

Job description

Job responsibilities

You will have wide-ranging opportunities to develop your clinical interests and skills with this population. You will also provide leadership and management to Psychology staff in Dover and Deal CMHSOP and take a lead on identified specialist projects. Supervision and ongoing professional development are considered essential components of clinical practice. The successful postholder would also be supported and encouraged to participate in staff wellbeing provision including post-incident debriefing and team reflective practice sessions.

Person Specification

Training, Qualifications and Registration


  • Good honours degree in Psychology.
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the HCPC/BPS.
  • Relevant specialist training in the skills required for the specialty area.
  • Clinical supervision training for supervision of Doctoral trainees on placement.
  • Specialist post graduate training to Masters level or equivalent in a Psychotherapeutic modality (for example CBT, Systemic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) leading to accreditation/registration with UKCP/BABCP or equivalent.
  • Professional background in a mental health discipline to at least first-degree level (for example, nursing, psychology, occupational therapy, social work, psychiatric medicine).
  • Eligibility for registration with own core profession.
  • 1-2yrs experience for psychotherapist in mental health work
  • Further post-doctoral training/qualification relevant to the post, e.g., neuropsychology, dementia and behaviours that challenge and/or NICE accredited psychological therapies



  • Experience working as a qualified specialist psychologist / psychotherapist for a minimum of four years in the NHS, with relevant experience.
  • Experience of working with older people
  • Experience of working with people with dementia or cognitive impairments.
  • Experience of providing supervision on psychological work to MDT staff & psychological practitioners.
  • Experience of working successfully in a multi-disciplinary team context, providing clinical leadership and promoting effective team working.
  • Experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments
  • Experience of supervising staff in the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments
  • Experience of managing applied/assistant psychologists and psychological therapists
  • Experience of facilitating reflective practice, post incident debriefs and complex case discussions
  • Experience of working in range of mental health settings with a range of levels of disability and full range of age groups.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Ability to comprehend and communicate verbally and in writing highly complex and sensitive information in a manner appropriate to a range of settings and audiences, including complex highly emotive situations and those with significantly impaired communication capacities.
  • Ability to analyse and manage complex multi-factorial clinical information from a range of sources integrating it into a formulation utilising a variety of psychological perspectives.
  • Ability to organise own workload effectively, prioritising a complex range of tasks and responsibilities to meet agreed deadlines.
  • Adequate keyboard skills and sound understanding of I.T. packages.
  • Ability to drive.
  • Ability to administer accurately and speedily, complex psychometric text materials.
  • Post graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology / psychotherapy
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Must be capable of taking substantive professional responsibility and acting autonomously in respect of clinical decisions in their area of practice.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent & Medway NHS & Social Care Partnership Trust


Dover & Deal CMHSOP, Coleman House

Brookfield Avenue


CT16 2AH

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