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Highly Specialist Principal Psychologist

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,374 to £61,016 per annum inclusive of Inner London HCAs
Closing date
20 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
This is a rare and exciting opportunity in the Adolescent Outrecah Team (AOT). We are looking to recruit an experienced Principal Clinical Psychologist to our established Adolescent Outreach Team. The team are fortunate to have an experienced full multi disciplinary representation, and high levels of staff retention. The MDT are skilled and highly committed to supporting the wider network, parents and carers to support young people to remain at home as an intensive alternative to admission.

The post-holder will work within AOT as a Principal Clinical Psychologist, providing oversight of the psychological therapies provision, specialist assessment, care coordination, being a key member of mini teams to an agreed caseload of AOT clients. They will also be offering expert consultation to the network and referrers, and supervison and training to other team members. The team also operates a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) pathway.

We are looking for a candidate who is committed to effective team working and to the coherent delivery of the care including individual, family, group work and telephone support.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work within Adolecent Outreach Team as a Principal Clinical Psychologist within the experienced multidisciplinary team.

They will provide provide highly specialist clinical psychology services to children, young people and their families / carers as part of mini teams across all sectors of care providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment in line with NICE guidance.

The post holder will carry a caseload and coordinate care for those children, young people and families on the caseload, and offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care, both within the team and to the wider network.

The post-holder must be committed to effective team working and to the coherent delivery of the care this will include individual, family, group work and telephone support, and due to the nature of the work involves an ability to be flexible and responsive in short timeframes across a wide geographical area.

Flexible working:

We are proud to offer agile and flexible working opportunities as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday. The service cover for Adolescent Outreach Team is 8am to 8pm and the shifts the team members work include 8am-4pm, 9-5pm and 12pm-8pm on weekdays, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

About us

We are Proud to Belong at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust.

We have expert services, a rich history and a clear commitment to providing the best quality care for those with mental ill-health. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as 'good' - we aspire to be 'outstanding'.

This is a great time to join us. We are transforming the way we care for our communities to support our mission of Making Life Better Together. We have built two brand new mental health facilities at Springfield University Hospital, which are amongst the best in the world. More developments are planned across our sites and services.

We are inclusive and diverse and strive to be actively anti racist. We want to attract people from all backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work we do together. We are proud to co-produce and involve our local communities in all that we do.

We offer flexible working, career development and a variety ofbenefits to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

About our locations:

Springfield University Hospital, Tooting

Our largest, 19-ward site is in Springfield Village, created following our �150m investment into two new world class mental health facilities. A 32-acre public park, shops and cafes are coming soon. Close to shops, cafes and Tooting Bec on the Northern Line plus Earlsfield and Tooting rail stations and bus routes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will:
  • Ensure the systematic provision of a high quality specialist psychological therapies service including clinical psychology, child psychotherapy and systemic family psychotherapy to children, young people and their families/carers within the designated clinical service area
  • Supervise and support the psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychology and psychotherapy (P& P) staff and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment by agreement with the CAMHS Psychology and Psychotherapies lead
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service area, working with the CAMHS P& P lead to coordinate psychological assessment, treatment and therapy resources across the teams
  • Utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research. To propose and implement policy changes within the designated clinical service area
  • Practice clinically within a designated setting, and by example will uphold high standards of psychological and psychotherapeutic assessment, treatment and care.
  • Be a source of advice and guidance in relation to risk management and safeguarding.
  • Be responsible for the clinical governance structures that support and guide multi-disciplinary colleagues providing psychological therapies in community settings in designated service areas. These governance structures include professional and clinical supervision, PADR processes, CPD and training needs, and recording standards.
  • Directly provide clinical supervision to psychology and/or psychotherapy colleagues, and professional supervision to colleagues from a range of psychology, psychotherapyand other disciplines. Some supervision may be provided across service boundaries.
  • Have a significant role in ensuring that the quality of child mental health work provided in the community is reflected both in clinical records and in data collected that will include the CAMHS minimum data set and measures. It will be important to contribute to efforts to maximise the benefits of the electronic clinical record system that the service has adopted, and to ensure that clinicians record risk in accordance with policy and guidance.
  • Provide coordinated service leadership in designated areas in conjunction with Clinical Leads and Service Manager, advising on service developments.
  • Coordinate with Service Manager and Clinical Leads in managing clinical performance concerns.
  • Work to promote synergy and connection between local authority, third sector and health services so as to foster joined-up care and to maximise the benefit of available mental health resources for children, young people and their carers.
  • Promote service user involvement in shaping services.
  • Promote equality of access to healthcare and awareness of how social difference can influence treatment outcome and service user experience.

Person Specification



  • oQualified Clinical Psychologist
  • oProfessional registration as a Practitioner Psychologist under the Health Care Professions Council
  • oPost qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees


  • oPost-doctoral/graduate training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice with children and young people.
  • oClinical training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach i.e. CBT, Parenting Skills or other.
  • oFormal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
  • oFurther training in a recognised evidence-based psychological therapy.



  • oSubstantial experience of working as a qualified psychologist including experience of working at a highly specialist level with children and young people with a wide range of mental and behavioural disorders.
  • oExperience 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.
  • oExperience of teaching, training and professional and clinical supervision.
  • oExperience of service development and leadership.
  • oExperience of undertaking risk assessment and risk management, with the ability to analyse and make judgements and decisions about treatment plans.


  • oExperience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • oExperience of working with mental health needs in multiple cultural contexts.
  • oExperience of managing the clinical performance of staff.

Employer details

Employer name

South West London and St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust


Springfield Hospital


SW17 7DJ

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