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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Inpatient

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
9 Jul 2024
We are looking to recruit a Clinical Psychologist at Band 8a (or Band 7 with preceptorship opportunity), with real enthusiasm to work across both the Older People's Mental Health (OPMH) organic inpatient service, Poppy Ward (0.8wte), and the functional mental health inpatient service, Rose Ward (0.2wte), at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Poppy Ward provides care to older people with organic conditions such as dementia and behaviour that challenges, and aims to provide an integrated service, supporting their families and the associated care systems.

This new and exciting post offers the opportunity to contribute to the development of a new psychological service to OPMH organic inpatients. Rose Ward provides care to older people with mental health difficulties such as anxiety, depression, personality disorder and psychosis, using the Comprehend Cope and Connect trans-diagnostic approach. The responsibilities will include the provision of psychological assessment (including neuropsychology as appropriate), formulation and therapeutic interventions to older people and their carers in an inpatient setting, to be a source of advice to the multi-professional team on psychological issues and to offer consultation and advice to other mental health professionals. Psychological input is highly valued and regarded by both services.

Main duties of the job

Responsible for: Attached assistant, graduate psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists on placement and band 7 clinical psychologists as appropriate.

Liaises with:Other team members, psychologists and members of other disciplines and agencies responsible for a client's care

Position within the organisation: Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Division

About us

Southern Health is one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health and learning disabilities, as well as offering physical health community-based services.

With a workforce of more than 7000 and a footprint that spans more than 200 sites across Hampshire, we're wholeheartedly committed to providing the best possible healthcare, reaching a range of diverse communities, whilst placing patients and staff at the forefront of all our endeavours.

We are currently working closely with other NHS Trusts to integrate all our collective community, mental health, and learning disability services. Our new organisation, to be known as Hampshire and Isle of Wight NHS Foundation Trust, is set to launch in July 2024.

The transformation will happen in staggered stages Hampshire CAMHS, part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust joined Southern Health in February 2024, with Isle of Wight NHS Trust mental health and community services transitioning in early May 2024. The final combination of Southern Health and Solent Trusts is anticipated to occur in July 2024, when the new organisation will be formed.

Our new Trust will continue to cater to the unique needs of different communities, making healthcare across the county more accessible, as well as offering staff more opportunities for career development, training and partnership working.

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey to shape the future of healthcare in Hampshire.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Further information about the Trust and this role can be found on the Job Description and Person Specification document attached.

We are happy to talk Flexible Working - all requests for flexible working options can be discussed as part of the interview process.

Person Specification



  • DClinPsy or DCounsPsy including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC Registration

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Bury Road



PO12 3PW

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