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Clinical Associate in Psychology

West London NHS Trust
£40,701 to £48,054 Per Annum Inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
As a (Band 6) CAP in a well-established adult community team, you will be delivering innovative psychologically based interventions both directly with service users and their families, and supporting other colleagues in the teams to do so.

Main duties of the job

- Providing assessments, formulation and brief interventions (group and individual). Along recommendations for psychological therapy to support people in mental health crisis.

- Developing the multi-disciplinary team's psychological understanding of the service user's needs through training, formulation, and consultation.

- Opportunity for service development and research related to the service needs.

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

Qualifications and Training


  • MSc Clinical Associate Psychologist (Adult Mental Health) Degree Apprenticeship
  • An approved qualification in psychology conferring eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society, with a Bachelor's degree (Class 2.2 or higher)
  • Attained at least Level 2 Maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C))


  • Attendance at specialist short courses relevant to psychology and mental health (e.g. Trauma Informed Care, Group Approaches)



  • Experience of work in the NHS, voluntary sector, or with community groups, e.g. youth worker, mentoring, peer support, link worker etc.
  • Work with client groups with complex mental health difficulties
  • Work in multi-cultural settings
  • Experience of/ evidence of commitment to local communities in West London (e.g. outreach work, local engagement work, etc.).


  • Work with voluntary organisations
  • Work with interpreters
  • Lived experience of mental health difficulties either personally or in supporting someone else
  • Work with behaviours that challenge services
  • Work with people with complex emotional needs (diagnosis of a personality disorder)

Knowledge and Skills


  • Basic understanding of mental health issues and approaches to treatment and intervention
  • Basic understanding of health care systems and structures: staffing, roles and responsibilities, the role of hospitals, primary care and community care
  • Graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to the client group
  • Awareness of the potential impact of discrimination & disadvantage on mental health
  • Ability to draw upon a specific theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations, under clinical supervision
  • Strong ability to engage with a variety of services and community partners and stakeholders, and to expand existing networks
  • To nurture and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and active listening skills with service users, carers, staff and community partners
  • Work with people from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Ability to work within a team of staff from diverse backgrounds and professions able to negotiate professional relationships and contribute to team functioning.
  • Contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others
  • Manage effectively exposure to distressing/highly emotional circumstances
  • Manage effectively verbal aggression from service users, families, etc. and the risk of physical aggression
  • Respectful and collaborative approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals
  • Able to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally
  • Ability to use supervision appropriately and effectively
  • Implement appropriate psychological assessment and interventions relevant to the client group
  • Provide & receive sensitive information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere, in a defined setting
  • Be flexible and adapt approach according to need
  • Being able to work flexibly across local environments
  • Awareness of diversity of cultural norms and being able to respond to this appropriately
  • Concentrate intensely for a substantial proportion of working time, during client contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Use IT packages - word processing, e-mail and internet, SPSS, Excel and Access
  • Ability to use or learn NHS clinical systems
  • Work cross-culturally and/or in different languages
  • Work to professional guidelines
  • Accept accountability for own work, and of working towards defined results
  • Plan, organise and prioritise own workload
  • Record and report on clinical information as required


  • Skills in the use of relevant specialist treatment or assessment procedures
  • Basic understanding of the impact of trauma and adversity on mental health and development

Personal Qualities


  • Warm, friendly, approachable
  • Ability to cope with change
  • Able to work flexibly with other professional groups
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible and positive attitude to work.
  • Ability to be empathetic
  • Keen to learn new skills and to share learning with others
  • Ability to manage potentially distressing situations and events

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Crisis & Home Treatment HN



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