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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£45,024 to £50,806 a year per annum incl. HCAs pro rata
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
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Kingston Older Peoples' Community Mental Health Service (Tolworth Hospital + various locations around the trust) - Band 7 Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Part time 15 hours per week (Kingston)/Full time up 37.5 available (working pattern to be determined)

This is an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 clinical psychologist looking for a post with flexibility and variety. The Kingston Older People's Mental Health Service are excited to have secured additional funding allowing for further psychology resource in the team for 15 hours per week. We are pleased to join with the Trust's IAPT services to create a combined post up to 37.5 hours. Part time applicants and flexible working will certainly be considered. We can also consider recruiting someone fixed term at band 6 whilst they are awaiting confirmation of HCPC accreditations (ie final year DClinPsy trainees). The post holder will be expected to operate within recognised professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's operational policy and guidelines.

Main duties of the job

This is a varied and interesting role with plenty of scope for development. We are looking for an enthusiastic and committed HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist or final year Trainee Clinical psychologist who will be eligible to join the HCPC, to join our well establishedKingston Older People's Mental Health Services and to work in either Sutton or Wandsworth IAPT service.

Within the post youwill be joining other established Clinical Psychologists based within the same services and a good network of psychologists across the Cognition and Mental Health (CMHA) service line, who have a wide range of expertise and who regularly meet for CPD activities and peer supervision.CMHA psychologists practice CBT, ACT, CFT, IPT and Systemic therapies. We have a QICN accredited consultant clinical neuropsychologist and two clinical psychologists now on the pathway to also join the DoN register. We have a number of psychologists specialising in behavioural approaches in treating distressed (challenging) behaviour. Youwill also receive regular individual supervision and support with senior Psychologists within the service.

In IAPT, the post holder will provide specialist psychological assessments and therapy at Step 3 as well as offering advice and consultation on patients' psychological care to other members of the IAPT team.

About us

The post is predominantly based in the Kingston Older Peoples' Community Mental Health Service. This comprises of the Kingston Older People's Community Mental Health Team, the Care Home Liaison Service, and the Memory Assessment Service. These teams provide assessment and treatment to clients age 75+ with severe and enduring mental health problems in the community, outreach support to nursing and residential homes and day centres in meeting the complex and challenging needs of people with dementia and other mental health problems, and also assessment and diagnosis of clients with suspected dementia of any age.

About the location:

Tolworth Hospital has good transport links to London via Surbiton and Tolworth Railway Station. There is also several buses that service the local high-street and a bus from Kingston and New Malden that stops outside the hospital. Both Tolworth and Surbiton have major high street chain shops and restaurants. Parking for staff is available at subsided rates. The Tolworth Site is also undergoing extensive rebuilding work to provide a better experience to our service users and working environment for staff.

The post holder will also be based Different locations throughout the borough of Wandsworth/Sutton for 2 days per week (working pattern to be agreed).

Job description Job responsibilities

The services operates from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. Shift patterns are from 8am to 4pm and 12noon to 8pm and the post holder will be required to work flexible hours in line with this. This can be negotiated and will include week-day evenings and occasional weekends.

Additional hours can be agreed to make the post full time in the Wandsworth or Sutton Talking Therapies (IAPT) Service. The post holder will work clinically within primary care settings, including dedicated areas of project work in the local community - for example work within the BME community, older adults etc. The postholder will be expected to develop and manage the service within the service hubs, surgeries or any other locations to which s/he is attached.


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:
  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

We look forward to receiving your application.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • 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 - or alternative training outside of the UK that is recognised by the Health & Care Professions Council leading to registration in the UK as a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist.
  • Registration with the HCPC under the appropriate domain specific title
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient 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.
  • Experience of delivering NICE adherent psychological interventions especially CBT for psychological problems
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of assessing and treating older people with mental health difficulties and/or dementia across a variety of care settings.
  • Experience of working with behavioural and psychological symptoms in dementia.
  • Experience in care home liaison work
Knowledge & Skills Essential
  • 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 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 neuropsychological assessment.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • 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.

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