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Principal Clinical Psychologist (Community Lead)

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
4 Aug 2024
The post-holder is a member of the multi-professional team. As a senior clinician, with substantial clinical experience and post-qualification training, the post-holder will provide a high level of expertise within the Community Mental Health Services in Basingstoke Community Mental Health Team.

Working with the senior management team, clinical staff, and peer support staff, to take a supporting role in the creation, development, containment and support of a multi-professional therapeutic environment and trauma informed approach which can provide the highest quality psychologically informed care for adults with severe mental health problems.

As a key component of the role, the post-holder will take a lead role in the development of the Clinical Associates in Psychology across the Division. This will include providing leadership and managerial and clinical supervision to the CAPs, ensuring that they acquire the necessary skills, competencies, and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies

Main duties of the job

Take clinical leadership responsibility for the implementation and coordination of psychological care for the teams they are responsible for.

Ensure the systematic provision of high-quality specialist psychological services for individuals and their families/ carers, with an emphasis on co-production, dealing primarily with complex psychological problem and supporting the development of a psychological milieu and a trauma informed approach to care.

Undertake complex assessments and intervention strategies, including specialist neuropsychological assessment offer consultancy and provide expert advice to Acute Services colleagues, and the wider clinical multi-professional team, other agencies and non-professional carers.

Provide leadership, consultation, supervision and support to psychologists and other members of the clinical team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

Propose and implement policy changes within M& N CMHT Psychological Services, working closely with other members of the Psychological Services Leadership Team and the Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Community Lead). This will include a role in effective recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs.

Place an emphasis on co-production and demonstrate an attitude which respects and values clients' and their carers, delivering the core values of the trust: clients and people first partnership and respect.

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 BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists or equivalent experience.
  • Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Practitioner Psychologist


  • Post-doctoral training in a specialised area of psychological therapy.
  • Management training
  • Accreditation as a therapist with BABCP, SfDBT, ACAT or similar body.



  • In depth experience of working as a principal clinical psychologist.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient 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 clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multi-professional care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.


  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of assessing and treating patients across the full range of care settings.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of managing staff.
  • Experience of providing neuropsychological assessment

Additional Criteria


  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of working with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Competency in the application of interventions for people who severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Ability to contain, explore and formulate an understanding of high levels of distress both directly with patients and indirectly via supervision of other staff.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to constructively manage situations and people at times of conflict.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with senior managers and staff in service delivery and developments.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the patient group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Ability to organise own workload effectively, prioritising a complex range of tasks and responsibilities to meet agreed deadlines
  • Highly motivated to provide a high-quality service and to work with other team members to constantly strive for improving service user experience.
  • Knowledge of and a commitment to a recovery focused approach and to positive risk taking.
  • Enthusiasm for working within a community mental health team as an integrated team member.
  • 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, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic settings.
  • IT skills including email, word processing and basic databases.
  • Interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • An ability to travel between sites as required


  • 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.
  • Lived experience of mental health problems
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.
  • A commitment to the evaluation of services, enthusiasm for both multi-professional and uni-professional audit and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area.
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership and management skills.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Bridge Centre

New Road



RG21 7PJ

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