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Clinical Psychologist

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Based on full time hours
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic clinician who has experience & expertise working with complex cases within the area of acute mental health care. Applications are invited for a full time Band 8A Clinical Psychologist/Applied Psychologist for Crisis Resolution & Home treatment team. We will consider applicants who are looking for potential preceptorship to Band 8a

The acute service comprises of CRHT across 2 bases (Winchester and Basingstoke), Male & Female acute ward, 6 bed MOD ward and one PICU. You will be responsible for providing a qualified highly specialist clinical psychology service to clients of the Acute Care pathway in the North & Mid Hampshire Area.

You will join a team of dynamic, supportive and passionate qualified & pre-qualification clinicians who are committed to providing trauma informed care. You will provide specialist psychological assessment & therapy individually & through group programmes as well as offering advice, consultation & training to staff in the team. We have adopted the innovative model of Comprehend, Cope & Connect (CCC) in providing psychological therapies within acute care, alongside other evidence based models and strive to continuously evaluate our practice to maintain our learning and development.

You will work closely with the leadership team within the Acute care pathway & will join a psychologically minded multidisciplinary team to create a culture supporting the recovery of adults with severe & acute mental health difficulties.

Main duties of the job

As member of the multi-professional team, the post holder will be required to work as an autonomous, independent practitioner responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies in providing a highly specialist Psychological service to individuals referred to the CRHT. This may include working with families/ carers or other identified person where appropriate. Individuals will primarily present with complex psychological problems that would benefit from the services of the CRHT and wider acute and crisis care pathway.

They will undertake complex assessments, offer consultancy and provide expert advice to CRHT colleagues, and the wider clinical multi-professional team, other agencies and non-professional carers and provide specialist treatment for complex cases. This will require them to plan and prioritise their own clinical workload.

The post holder will provide specialist supervision for trainee psychologists and qualified psychological therapy staff and provide psychological guidance and supervision for multi-professional clinical colleagues. They will engage in research and development, cultivate and encourage a research ethos within the wider clinical team. They will utilise research skills to contribute to policy or service development as necessary.

The post holder will place an emphasis on co-production and demonstrate an attitude which respects and values clients' and their carers and the core values of the trust.

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/counselling/health 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.
  • Training in Clinical Supervision
  • HCPC Registration


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Training in Comprehend, Cope and Connect (CCC).



  • In depth experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • In depth 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 teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.

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, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, complex PTSD, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, psychosis etc).
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Skills in providing psychological 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.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and a commitment to the principles of recovery, choice and personalisation.
  • Full driving licence and access to vehicle for work purposes


  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

Employer details

Employer name

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust


Parklands Hospital

Aldermaston Road



RG24 9RH

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