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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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Due to recent expansion of psychological provision and exciting developments in our service, we are seeking a passionate and committed clinical or counselling psychologist to join our Mental Health Integrated Network Team (MINT) in Hounslow. MINT is a multidisciplinary service providing holistic support and treatment to adults presenting with a range of mental health difficulties within a stepped-care framework. We have an established psychology team which is well integrated and highly valued in the service.

This post is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic early-career psychologist looking to develop and consolidate specialist clinical skills in working with complex needs, trauma and personality disorder diagnoses. Whilst you will use a range of interventions, we are looking for someone who has a particular interest in DBT and who can help to further develop and embed this model in our service. Applications are welcomed from those who do not yet have a DBT qualification - we will support the right candidate to undertake training and achieve accreditation.

In addition to working 1-1 with clients, a significant part of this post involves embedding and developing psychological principles and thinking within the work of the whole MDT. Therefore, we require a candidate who thrives in a team environment and is passionate about dissemination of psychological thinking, consultation and leadership.

Main duties of the job

At West London NHS Trust we want to employ talented, passionate and skilled psychological professionals, so that we can provide the best healthcare possible for those who use our services. In return, we are committed to investing in and supporting our staff.

In this role, we offer:
  • Opportunity to complete fully funded DBT Training with time for this built into your job plan
  • Specialist DBT supervision
  • Hybrid office based/ home based working week. Please contact us for more details.
  • Flexible working, with full/part time opportunities available(minimum 3 days/week)
  • Supportive work environment - in a recent survey psychological professionals in our Community and Recovery Services reported high levels of satisfaction with the psychological leadership, supervision and training they receive.
  • A comprehensive CPD and reflective practice program.
  • Opportunities to link and collaborate with the North Thames Doctorate courses through supervision, teaching and research.
  • We are a values driven organisation and Togetherness, Responsibility, Excellence and Caring underpin how we treat each other and those who use our services

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.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS, or post graduate training in another core mental health profession (social work, nursing, occupational therapy) plus a post graduate diploma or higher degree in DBT.
  • Professional registration with the appropriate Health Professions Council (HCPC, RMN, etc.)


  • Advanced keyboard skills
  • Other related academic qualifications



  • Experience in either a severe and enduring mental disorder or inpatient setting (includes training placements)


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of psychology/therapy in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of WAIS tests
  • Experience of administration, scoring and written interpretation of formal personality tools and/or neuropsychological assessments



  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice, particularly in respect of adults with severe and enduring mental health needs (including complex emotional needs and trauma history)


  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of psychology
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for work in relevant setting
  • Knowledge of SPSS
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology



  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
  • Able to make judgements involving complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options)
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own service user caseload, treatment programmes involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Keyboard skills
  • Psychomotor skills necessary to administer complex psychological tests and video equipment
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software



  • Able to sit for lengthy periods of time while demonstrating active listening skills
  • Able to maintain light physical effort for short periods
  • Able to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods
  • Able to function in potentially traumatic circumstances and in highly emotionally distressing circumstances on a frequent basis (e.g. in dealing with service users with complex mental health difficulties, self-harm, histories of trauma and abuse)
  • Able to provide services in an environment with service users who may be challenging and where the awareness of risk must always be maintained

Other Requirements


  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS or their professional bodies.
  • Must be capable of being guided by precedent, clearly defined policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  • Able to reflect on own professional practice through the clinical supervision process
  • Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) and willingness to participate actively in CPD in line with BPS' or their professional body's guidelines
  • 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.


  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Hounslow West MINT

Hounslow Recovery West


TW13 5AL

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