Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year Inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
9 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Part Time
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Highly specialist clinical psychologist - Early Intervention for Psychosis - Band 8
  • This is an exciting opportunity to work for a dynamic Early Intervention for Psychosis team in the borough of Sutton part of South West London and St Georges NHS Foundation Trust.

  • You will work as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide psychological assessments and interventions to people experiencing a first episode of psychosis, including CBTp and Family Interventions

  • You will join a wider group of early intervention psychologists and CBT therapists working in EIS teams across the trust.

  • We have an ongoing program of development and improvement, including developing trauma informed care and improving services for minority groups.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to clients of the Early Intervention Service, across all sectors of care.

  • Provide highly specialist psychological assessment and therapy at the same time as offering advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to other, non professional carer

  • Working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the team/service.

  • The post holder will be expected to work in health, social care and other community settings (including outpatient clinics), clients' and their relatives' homes, inpatient and other hospital settings, and any other settings in which the client is most appropriately managed.

  • As one of the few Trusts in London we are proud to offer flexible working as part of our new ways of working, and we are happy to talk flexible working at the interview stage. In this role you will be able to work Monday to Friday in the time frames from 8 to 6, giving you the very best of good work life balance.

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

To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the team based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a clients mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the clients problems, and employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range of care settings

To be responsible for implementing a range of psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients whose problems are managed by psychologically based standard care plans.

To provide specialist psychological advice guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.

To contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all clients of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group.

To undertake risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and to provide advice to other professions on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

To act as care coordinator, where appropriate, taking responsibility for initiating planning and review of care plans under enhanced CPA including clients, their carers, referring agents and others involved the network of care.

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment, formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care.

To promote CBTp skills and training both within the team and across the Trust.

Person Specification Training and Qualifications Essential
  • oDoctoral level training in clinical psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • oEvidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Registered with & Care Health Professions Council (HCPC) under the appropriate domain title
  • oPre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Specialist post qualification CBTp training (i.e CBTp diploma) and/or specialist CBTp workshops
  • BABCP approved practitioner
  • BABCP approved supervisor
Experience Essential
  • oExperience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • oExperience 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
  • oDemonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision while working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
  • oExperience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • oExperience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • oExperience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Specialist CBTp experience working as a trial therapist or within a specialist CBTp service
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • oSkills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • oWell 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
  • oSkills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • oDoctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • oKnowledge 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)
  • oHigh level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Specialist CBTp knowledge and competencies

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