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Principal Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£64,408 to £73,961 a year pa annum including 15% HCAS
Closing date
27 Jun 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Ealing CAMHS is looking for 0.80 WTE Principal Clinical Psychologist (Band 8b) to join our friendly, supportive, and experienced multi-disciplinary specialist mental health service within our Adolescent Team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, skilled and innovative clinician who can help taking a leading role within our services using a creative and dynamic approach. The role offers the chance to combine clinical work with joining other Principal Clinical Psychologists and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist with providing leadership and supervision of Psychology and Psychology-related professionals within our community and specialist teams. We are looking for clinicians who are able to maintain clinical curiosity and engage in reflective practice as well as be able to be an advocate for children, young people and families' needs. We hope the successful candidate would support and implement our commitments to staff wellbeing, manageable job plans and giving staff the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge further whilst in role.

Main duties of the job

Ealing CAMHS has a strong multi-disciplinary approach and thrives on innovative practice to meet the local population needs of a culturally and economically diverse borough. You will be committed to ensuring that the service is accessible and effective.

You will be joining a welcoming senior psychology team in West London who are committed to service improvement, staff well-being, and who value diversity in our workforce. You will offer a high-quality psychology service to young people, families and carers, alongside working effectively with your colleagues and liaising with other professionals in the network supporting the young person. The post provides excellent opportunities for professional development and you will receive regular supervision from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist. You will also join the Consultant Clinical Psychologist with providing leadership and supervision of Psychology and Psychology-related professionals within our community and specialist teams.

There are also many opportunities to develop further in role for example, through being part of quality improvement projects, specialist supervision groups, regular whole service trainings, or taking a lead in a particular area of interest. You will receive regular supervision and line management from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overallby the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

The link below will also provide useful information.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services staff share their stories of working for the NHS. (

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical / counselling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society, or equivalent if trained overseas.
  • Eligible to work as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical / Counselling) as approved by the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Post-qualification training in supervision / specialist application of formal therapy models.


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



  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist with children and young people and their families/carers.
  • 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 and across the age range of 0-18, 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 assessment and intervention with individuals with neurodevelopmental difficulties.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching and training.
  • Experience of multi-agency working.
  • Significant experience of delivering professional, clinical and management supervision to psychologists.
  • Experience of and commitment to service development.


  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.

Knowledge & 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 practised within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC.


  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of application of therapeutic models to children who have special educational needs and neurodevelopmental conditions.
  • Knowledge and skills in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of specific groups (e.g. looked after children, learning disabilities, neurodevelopmental disorders, adolescent mental health, trauma, anxiety and mood disorders).

Other Requirements


  • 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.
  • Commitment to provide support to children, their families/carers and linked professionals and maintain high levels of aspiration for the population referred to the service.
  • Commitment to working flexibly and collaboratively with team colleagues and to support innovative ways of working.
  • To approach clients with empathy and adaptability and to be open to development of new approaches to work with clients.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Ealing T3 Adolescent Team




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