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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Early Intervention Psychosis

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Milton Keynes
£50,952 to £57,349 Per annum pro rata
Closing date
11 Jul 2024

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Are you an experienced clinician looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to join a service at a time of exciting change?

Here at CNWL we encourage our psychological professions staff to pursue leadership opportunities in senior roles. Various prominent leadership roles within the Trust are currently held by Psychologists including: Director of Strategy and Integration, Chief Information Officer, & Clinical Directors. We facilitate the development of our psychological professions staff across all areas. The professional group is led by our Director of Therapies and our Chief Psychologist, both Consultant Clinical Psychologists.

We are looking for applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic psychologists and therapists who are committed to delivering patient-focused care and treatment. We are looking for well-rounded and experienced practitioners. Our staffwork pro-actively, with confidence, motivation and initiativeWe find that they are oftenflexible,robust and resourceful and able to manage the challenges of working in an environment which can be demanding.

We prioritize collaboration within our team and with our community partnerships, so we are hoping to find candidates who have the required communication and interpersonal skills that will allow them to thrive when working within their own team and with external partner organizations, in order to provide a meaningful service to the diverse populations we serve.

Main duties of the job

The role involves delivering specialist psychological assessment and treatment to service users who are experiencing first episode psychosis. The post holder will be able to offer supervision, advice, consultation and training to colleagues about psychological care for service users and carers. There will be a mix of individual and group interventions.

A key part of the role will be leading on the research trials which the team are collaborating with, currently involving the use of Virtual Reality.

There is a strong sense of camaraderie within the Milton Keynes EIP team, and a strong partnership between operational and clinical staff. There are opportunities to access specialist training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for psychosis and behavioural family therapy. There may also be an opportunity to spend one clinic session per week in another team/speciality to maintain additional skills.

You will join a friendly, highly experienced and supportive group of psychological therapists in Milton Keynes, with opportunities to meet, share innovations and learn together regularly

The post holder will need to be a qualified and registered therapist or psychologist , with the HCPC or equivalent.

If your application is successful, you will receive regular supervision and support from the Clinical Service Lead as well as benefit from support and guidance from other team members. You will also be linked in with Trust - Wide psychological professions initiatives and events.

About us

CNWL is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for providing high quality, innovative healthcare. We aim to employ in line with our values, our experts are frequently called upon to contribute to national health strategy and policy, and many models of our care have been adapted for use in other countries. With us, you will get -

A Trust committed to staff personal development, with a trust wide culture change and leadership programme that has staff wellbeing at its core.

An opportunity to work for one of the top 10NHS employers

Flexible working

Variety of work

Access to a variety of CPD opportunities

We encourage staff input and ideas in relation to moving services forward, improving care pathways and meeting the client group's needs.

As a Trust we are committed to investing in our staff through a range of initiatives, both profession-specific and organisation wide. Psychological professions staff are able to access a range of trust-wide CPD initiatives. We have partnered with Bespoke and Contextual Consulting to provide some of the profession specific CPD, alongside additional CPD sessions we commission as part of CNWL CPD programme for Psychological Professions. CNWL also has seven established staff networks supporting a range of individual needs

Take a look at our dedicated website for lots of useful information

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Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see individual job descriptions for information as to each role. If candidates are interested in more than one role, please do contact the Lead Psychologist, as there may be opportunities to blend roles or work across more than one team depending on interest and experience.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counseling psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuro-psychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Training in Supervision


  • BABCP Accreditation or working towards Accreditation
  • Pre qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, formulation and treatment
  • Experience of working with service users who experience psychosis


  • Experience of working with first episode psychosis
  • Experience in CBT in psychosis



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessment and intervention for people with psychosis
  • Knowledge of legislation and NICE guidance in relation to the client group and mental health

Employer details

Employer name

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Neath Hill Health Centre

Tower Crescent

Milton Keynes

MK14 6JY

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