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Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 a year pro rata inc HCAS
Closing date
22 Jul 2024
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a .5wte B8A Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our Staff Psychology Service.

The Staff Psychology Service (SPS) supports Chelsea & Westminster NHS Trust to be trauma-informed, compassionate and psychologically-safe through supporting and promoting staff mental wellbeing across all levels of the organisation. We provide evidence-based psychological consultation, assessment, therapy and sign-posting to staff. The SPS sits within the wider Clinical Health Psychology service that consists of Bariatric Surgery, Burns, HIV & Sexual Health, Intensive Care Unit, Irritable Bowel Disease and Pain within Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex Hospital.

As part of our commitment to address inequalities in healthcare, we are particularly keen to hear from applicants with lived experience relevant to the diverse communities we work with, and from those with particular skills in understanding and promoting anti-discrimination associated with protected characteristics.

Main duties of the job

Our work with teams and staff groups includes facilitating Post Event Team Reflections (aka cold debriefs) following an extremely stressful incident PITSTOP Hot Debrief Training psychoeducational workshops and reflective spaces. Our work at the organisational level involves partnership working with key stakeholders organisational consultation and development support for managers and support for wider wellbeing initiatives (such as Schwartz Rounds) across the trust.

The postholder will deliver and evaluate high quality, evidence based and effective staff psychological support service to support Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Trust staff across both the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex Hospital sites. The post-holder will be working within a team of psychologist colleagues, liaising with key staff members across the Trust, delivering interventions, and utilising research and audit skills. Also providing supervision to members of the Psychology team. The service offers limited individual assessment and brief interventions but typically concentrates on work at the team, manager and organisational level.

This work includes consultation, training, psychological debriefs and reflective practice sessions.

About us

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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 & policy, & 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.

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 & 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.

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide specialist psychological interventions to staff, teams and senior leaders based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of group and individual psychological approaches.
  • To facilitate staff support and reflective practice groups for teams, managers and others as agreed. To provide expert advice to managers and other stakeholders in the Trust in relation to promoting and improving the mental health and wellbeing of their staff.
  • To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individuals and groups, and to provide general advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and management.
  • To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of individuals and teams.
  • To collaborate with colleagues in identifying and implementing service improvement projects.
  • Topromote and run Post Event Team Reflections with staff groups who have been involved in distressing or traumatic incidents at work.

  • Teaching, training and supervision

    1. To design,deliver and evaluate evidence-based workshops and training, to non-psychology staff on topics linked to mental health and wellbeing.

    2. To provide clinical supervision to members of the Staff Psychology team.

    3. To undertake appropriate research.

    Person Specification



    • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling Psychology.
    • Current HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist.


    • Training in supervising trainee psychologists.



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



    • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical 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 the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.


    • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
    • Experience supervising health professionals
    • Experience working in Staff Support
    • Experience in running reflective practice groups

    Skills and knowledge


    • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management.
    • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
    • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
    • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
    • Ability to treat service users with respect and dignity at all times, adopting a culturally sensitive approach, which considers the needs of the whole person
    • Able to build constructive relationships and warmth and empathy, using good communication skills.


    • 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).
    • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
    • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


    1 Nightingale Place


    SW10 9NG

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