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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year based on full time hours
Closing date
19 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We are recruiting for a Clinical Psychologist who wishes to join our team. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients and staff receive quality and compassionate care.

We are excited to advertise a permanent Principal Clinical Psychologist (30 hours) post in our multidisciplinary Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) service, following an expansion of our psychological therapies provision. This expansion has created input from psychology to the specialist eating disorder pathways, enabled psychological provision to be developed in our crises outreach pathway and enhanced provision within the longer-term psychological therapies' anxiety, depression, trauma, and functional difficulties pathways.

We are a fully inclusive service and therefore some of our young people experiencing mental health difficulties also have Intellectual Disabilities or are Neurodiverse.

Main duties of the job

We are seeking an experienced Clinical Psychologist who can work closely with our Consultant Psychologist to ensure the quality of our psychological provision and develop psychological knowledge and skills across our workforce.

The team are passionate about ensuring the child's voice is central to the work they do and working in partnership with families and other partner agencies support services to achieve the outcomes desired by the child or young person. We strive for high quality and innovative practice. We would be delighted to hear from you if you value these things too.

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



  • Post-Graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS), including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychological, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Registration with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC) as a Practitioner (Clinical) Psychologist.
  • Professional knowledge acquired through doctoral training, supplemented by post qualification short specialist courses and further specialist training/specialist clinical experience & clinical supervision
  • Formal post-qualification training in clinical supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience.


  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. Personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.



  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity 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 exercising full autonomous clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary treatment/care plan.
  • Experience of taking a lead psychology role and holding responsibility for service development initiatives.


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Additional Criteria


  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain good clinical practice.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration combined with proactive engagement during individual and group therapy.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Newport Clinic

7 Pyle Street


Isle of Wight

PO30 1JW

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