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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a highly skilled and motivated Psychologist/Psychotherapist to join the Ladywell Unit team at the University Hospital Lewisham, working across the adult inpatient services. There are two male and two female acute inpatient wards based at Ladywell as well as a male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit and the post-holder will work across all these services.Clients present with complex and enduring serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, other psychotic problems and personality disorder. In addition, clients present with emotionally difficult situations (e.g. abuse, trauma, threats to others, self-harm, suicide attempts).

Main duties of the job

You will provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients admitted to the inpatient wards and PICU. An essential part of your role will be to support ward staff and advise teams as to how to provide specialist psychological care and assist in the development of robust behavioural and risk management plans.You will have experience of both individual and group work and be able to provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions for patients, carers and families. You will be expected to develop and carry out Quality Improvement projects, research and audits as required and supervise trainees and assistant psychologists.This is a varied role with excellent opportunities to develop desirable and transferable skills working with adults experiencing an acute phase of their mental illness. You will receive regular clinical supervision and be supported by the broader inpatient team.For further details / informal visits contact: Madhuri Lokhande, Lead Inpatient Psychology, 07920774282 or or

Denis Muganga, Clinical Service Lead Lewisham Acute & Crisis Services at

About us

We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It's important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

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, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • 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
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:
  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

Job Title

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychotherapist


Agenda for Change Band 8a

Hours per week

37.5 hours per week, 1 year fixed term


Acute and Crisis Inpatient Psychology Service


Ladywell Unit, University Hospital Lewisham, Lewisham High Street, London, SE13 6LH, London

Reports to

Inpatient Psychology Acute and Crisis Care in Lewisham

Responsible for

Junior / Trainee / Assistant Psychologists (if there are any in the Team during the contract period)

Professionally accountable to

Lewisham Head of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Working Relationships:

Service Director

Operational Directorate Head of Psychology and Psychotherapy

Clinical Supervisor and Line Manager

Registered (HCPC) Senior Clinical Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Junior Staff and Students

Ward Consultant Psychiatrists and MDTs Acute and Crisis General Manager

Job Purpose:

  • To provide a highly specialist psychology service to the inpatient acute wards and PICU at Ladywell Unit including specialist assessment, treatment, planning, implementation and monitoring of outcomes.
  • To contribute to enabling other staff, service users and carers from diverse backgrounds to flourish by working to create a psychologically safe environment.
  • To provide clinical supervision and consultation as appropriate, functioning as a lead specialist in Inpatient Psychology Team.
  • To undertake service evaluation, audit and research.
  • To work as an autonomous professional within BPS and HCPC guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by principles and policies or procedures of the service, taking responsibility for interpreting policies within defined parameters.
  • To agree outcomes/results with clinical/professional lead and to decide how they are best achieved.
  • To adapt standard psychological interventions to the particular demands of home treatment team working enabling multi-disciplinary team members to carry out-short term psychologically informed interventions with the majority of service users.

Relevant Information about the Trust and/or the area of work:

There are 4 inpatient wards at University Hospital Lewisham (2 male and 2 female) as well as one male psychiatric intensive care unit. Clients present with complex and enduring serious mental illness, including schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, other psychotic problems and personality disorder. In addition, clients present with emotionally difficult situations (e.g. abuse, trauma, threats to others, self-harm, suicide attempts).

Key Responsibilities:

KR 1 Clinical and Client Care
  • To provide highly specialist psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients admitted to the inpatient wards and PICU including clients with complex mental health needs, including patients presenting with personality disorder, psychosis, complex mood disorders or where cognitive impairment may be a factor affecting recovery.
  • To provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.
  • To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.
  • To take responsibility for initiating planning and reviewing care plans, co-ordination of network meetings.

KR 2 Contributing to team or service clinical functioning
  • To contribute to the effective working of the team or service and to a psychologically informed framework for the service.
  • To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.
  • To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.
  • To advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.
  • To liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

KR 3 Policy and service development
  • To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.
  • To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.
  • To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.

KR 4 Care or management of resources
  • To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.
  • To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

KR 5 Management and supervision
  • To be responsible for the allocation and/or clinical supervision of the work of more junior psychologists with support from a more senior psychologist.
  • To supervise trainee applied psychologists within own area of specialism.
  • To contribute to the appraisal of more junior psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the recruitment of more junior psychologists, as appropriate.
  • To provide supervision for the psychological work of other multi-disciplinary staff as appropriate.

KR 6 Teaching and Training
  • To undertake occasional teaching and training of pre and post- qualification psychologists and specialised training to other professions as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the ward by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in psychology and the wider acute care pathway and by implementing knowledge gained in practice.
  • To disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

KR 7 Record-keeping and Information Governance
  • To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies and local procedures.
  • To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

KR 8 Research and development
  • To initiate, undertake, support and supervise regular complex service evaluation and audits.
  • To initiate and carry out appropriate research.
  • To provide expertise in a specialist research area which will contribute to the team and wider acute care pathway.
  • To initiate and implement the development of outcome measurement and assessment and assist other staff in the implementation of same.

KR 9 Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development
  • To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior psychologist according to HCPC and Trust guidelines.
  • To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with BPS and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and the HCPC Standards for Continuing Professional Development.
  • To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.
  • To comply with the HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.
  • To adhere to the BPSs Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.

KR10 General
  • To travel to other venues (e.g. home visits, community placements, psychology meetings) as appropriate and across the Trust when required.
  • To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group and follow trust policies relating to its management.
  • To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations such as challenging behaviour, abuse etc. and to support others involved in such situations.
  • To work across the care pathway, in other parts of the CAG or Trust.

Person Specification essential and desirable Essential
  • Qualifications and Professional Registration
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological assessments and interventions
  • Post-qualification experience
  • conducting risk assessments
  • expertise in acute mental health settings

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