Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£63,541 to £72,639 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Following additional investment in psychological services and a recent vacancy we are recruiting to the following position:

Principal Clinical/ Counselling PsychologistSouth East Wandsworth Community Mental Health TeamSpringfield Hospital, Tooting SW17 7DJ37.5 hours per week (1.0 wte)

We are looking for a dynamic and enthusiastic band 8b clinical/ counselling psychologists with significant experience of working in secondary care adult mental health services to join the Adulty Community Service Line in Wandsworth.

The Community Mental Health Teams provide specialist assessment, treatment, and recovery work for adults with a wide variety of severe and enduring mental health needs creating a stimulating and rewarding role for clinical psychology.

The Trust has a strong commitment to the development of psychological work, and you will be part of a larger group of psychologists working in the service and will receive regular supervision from the borough psychology professional lead. There are good CPD opportunities within the Trust.

Main duties of the job

Important relevant information
  • The Trust is committed to providing high quality health care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK.
  • Successful candidates will be supported to attend Health Education England funded training in CBTp, FI psychosis and associated supervisor training if appropriate to their level of training.
  • Successful candidates will be supported to attend training to develop their leadership skills and competences.
  • Our community services are going through a major transformation programme which over the next 3 years will attract considerable new investment in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.
  • There are opportunities for staff with interests and skills in areas such as psychosis, personality disorder and trauma to take a borough wide lead in interventions for these disorders.
  • They will have access to a broad range of CPD activities delivered by Trust specialists.
  • The post is for a qualified clinical psychologist registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and who has had a significant amount of experience in adult mental health, and ideally in supervising qualified psychologists.
  • The post-holders will be required at times to provide services at other Trust locations and in other community settings.

About us


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

We look forward to receiving your application.

Job description Job responsibilities

You will be responsible for the provision of a systematic clinical psychology service within the context of a multidisciplinary team focussing on specialist psychological assessment and evidence based psychological interventions, including group work.

Although embedded within CMHT, you will deliver psychological interventions as a part of the centralised psychology service in Wandsworth and be supported through weekly meetings, peer, and individual supervision.

You will also undertake service evaluation, audit, and development. You will be expected to provide a training placement to a trainee clinical psychologist.

You will assist the borough psychology lead in supervisory, leadership and service development activities and provide professional and clinical supervision to qualified psychologists and psychological therapy practitioners and work on leadership and service development projects in the borough.

Person Specification TRAINING & QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and (for Clinical Psychologists) 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
  • To be registered with the Health Professions Council under the appropriate domain specific title
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HPC
  • Formal training in supervision of trainee applied psychologists
  • Post-doctoral training in CBT or other NICE recommended psychological therapies relevant to the service user group within the service area
  • BABCP accreditation as practitioner and/or supervisor
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist for a significant period with experience of working at a highly specialist level with clients within the service area (adults and / or older adults in secondary care)
  • Experience 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 severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems.
  • Experience of delivering evidence-based psychological therapies to service users in secondary care settings
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary 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 clients across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management, including evidence-based treatments for the types of presentations seen in secondary care adult / older adult services
  • 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 research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
  • Basic IT Skills
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult-to-treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies, which have an evidence base
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health

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