Principal Clinical Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pro rata per annum including HCAS
Closing date
5 Feb 2023

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Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced clinical psychologist to work within the Paediatric Psychology service at the Hillingdon Hospital to implement a new service to support parents and families who have babies that are inpatients on the neonatal unit at Hillingdon hospital, as well as supporting these families if their babies are transferred to tertiary neonatal units across the Northwest London Neonatal Network. You would also provide follow-up support to families once babies had been discharged from the unit. You would be part of a small, thriving department of three other Paediatric Psychologists at Hillingdon, as well as part of the wider Paediatric Psychology service across CNWL and benefit from the multiple CPD and support opportunities arising from this.

The post is advertised as 0.9 WTE; however applications will be considered from those who would like a job share arrangement .

The successful applicant may have contact with patients or service users. As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination as this remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course patients and service users when working on our healthcare settings.

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Main duties of the job

To ensure the systematic provision of a high-quality clinical psychology service within the specialist field of Neonatal Care, in addition to contributing to the general paediatric psychology provision in the department. This involves taking responsibility for the day-to-day management, co-ordination, planning and development of clinical psychology services to the Neonatal unit, including identifying service priorities and initiating developments within the service. To provide multi-agency consultation and liaison to the network of agencies and professionals involved with the care of babies in the Neonatal Unit. The post holder would have their own clinical caseload, as well as supervising and supporting the psychological assessment and therapy provided by trainee and assistant psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment. The post holder would be expected to: lead the psychosocial care of patients by working with the MDT and neonatal nurses. To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team; to utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research; and to propose and implement policy changes within the area served by the service.

About us

The Central and North West London NHS Trust (CNWL) is responsible for the provision of Paediatric Psychology services to a number of acute hospital across central and northwest London, as well as Child and Adolescent Mental health Services (CAMHS) to the populations of Brent, Hillingdon, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Highly specialist services are also provided to other Trusts and Agencies in a wider regional catchment area.

Within the wider CNWL Paediatric Psychology Service there are regular opportunities to link with the psychologists working across other sites both informally and formally for CPD and peer support. The CNWL Paediatric Psychology Service meets monthly for business, journal and research presentations, as well as clinical and skill sharing. There is also a CNWL paediatric diabetes specialist interest group that meets quarterly.

Hillingdon Hospital is a large teaching hospital offering secondary and tertiary level medical services to an ethnically and socio-economically diverse population. Clinical Psychology services are provided to the General Paediatric clinics, Children & Young People's Diabetes team, POSCU, Respiratory team and the Multidisciplinary Feeding Clinic and the Neonatal Unit.

Job description Job responsibilities


1. 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 interviewswith clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.

2. 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.

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

Teaching, training, and supervision

1. To receive regular clinical professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.

2. To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology and/or the service as agreed with the professional psychology manager.

3. To develop skills in the area of professional post-graduate teaching, training and supervision and to provide supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work as appropriate.

4. To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee, assistant Clinical Psychologists.


1. To contribute to the development and maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external CPD training and development programmes, in consultation with the postholders professional and service manager(s).

2. To contribute to the development and articulation of best practice in psychology across the service, by continuing to develop the skills of a reflexive and reflective scientist practitioner, taking part in regular professional supervision and appraisal and maintaining an active engagement with current developments in the field of clinical psychology and related disciplines.

Please see attached job description for further details.

Person Specification Traing 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
  • Registration with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist, domain of clinical psychology
  • Pre or post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Attendance at a supervisor's training event
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist within a paediatric or perinatal psychology service, delivering both inpatient & outpatient assessment & intervention.
  • 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
  • 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 MDT care plan.
  • Experience of teaching and training other professional groups.
  • Experience of supervising trainee clinical psychologists
  • Significant experience of working on a Neonatal Unit.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Well developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and required by HCPC.
  • Well developed knowledge of the theory and

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