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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist x 2

South West London & St Georges Mental Health NHS Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year Per annum inclusive of HCAS Pro rata
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking for dynamic and enthusiastic band 8a clinical/ counselling psychologists to join our Trust and work in the Adulty Community Service Line in Wandsworth.

Following additional investment in psychological services and recent vacancies we are recruiting to the following positions:

Ref: 10523109
  • 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.

Main duties of the job

  • 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.
  • 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 at least 18 months post qualification experience.
  • We welcome applications from candidates who do not yet have the post qualification experience to meet an 8a job description. These candidates will be paid on band 7 and after a successful review can move into the 8a position. Whilst working to achieve this experience, these candidates can work up to 1 day in a Trust specialist service to broaden or develop knowledge and skills in areas such as personality disorder, PTSD, OCD/BDD, neuropsychiatry and eating disorders with expert supervision in these fields.
  • 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

Posts 1 and 2: Community Mental Health Teams

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.

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.

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
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • To be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council under the appropriate domain specific title
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • 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, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision of working as a specialist clinical psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Director of Psychology
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • 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 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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