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Research Development Lead - Psychological Professions

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£63,541 to £72,639 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

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Band 8B
Full Time
Are you an experienced clinician and with a research interest looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to work across CNWL and Royal Holloway University of London?

We have an exciting opportunity for an innovative Clinical Psychologist to lead a number of workstreams developing research activity in the Trust and at RHUL. This post is a joint post with the RHUL Doctoral training course in Clinical Psychology and so the candidate will be working with the course for 2.5 days (secondment) and with CNWL for 2.5 days.

The successful candidate will work with the Trust Chief Psychologist, Director of Therapies, RHUL Programme Director, senior Psychologists and leaders across the Trust to support the development, implementation, training, and delivery of this very important project. We are looking for applications from highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates who are committed to diversifying and exploring the various opportunities for supporting research activity within Psychology services and teams as well as supporting Doctoral level research.

Psychology in CNWL has strong leadership and a distinct professional identity. TAs a Trust, we are committed to staff development and as such we are keen to invest in the development of practitioners who join our teams so we will work with you to consider how to enhance your knowledge, skills, clinical practice, leadership and confidence in working in this area further.

Main duties of the job

Mapping any current research projects underway at CNWL including those specific to psychological services.

Co-ordinating a Trust wide research special interest group & links between CNWL & RHUL staff to enable the development & delivery of an expanded portfolio of research.

Develop & deliver research training to trainee & qualified clinical psychologists for Psychology staff.

Supervising trainee clinical psychology research projects; both service-related research and Doctoral level theses.

As part of our commitment to address social inequalities in health, we are particularly seeking to employ psychologists with the drive to make a significant contribution to this key priority. We especially welcome applications from candidates with the valuable experience of the diverse social and cultural communities the Trust serves and from colleagues of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage as we are seeking to ensure our psychology staffing has greater diversity & better represents local communities. The successful candidate will be supported to develop their career & flourish as a valued member of the psychology staff group.

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

About us

What we can offer you:

A Trust committed to staff personal development, with a trust wide culture change and leadership programme that has staff wellbeing as its core.

Flexible working

Access to a variety of CPD opportunities

As a Trust, we are committed to investing in our staff through a range of initiatives, both profession-specific and organisation wide. Psychological professions staff are able to access a range of trust-wide CPD initiatives. CNWL also has seven established staff networks supporting a range of individual needs.

We are looking for well-rounded & experienced practitioners. Our staff work pro-actively, with confidence and motivation, showing initiative which has contributed to the development of numerous award-winning services.We find that they are often flexible, robust and resourceful and able to manage the challenges of working in an environment which can be demanding.

We prioritize collaboration within our team and with our community partnerships, so we are hoping to find candidates who have the required communication and interpersonal skills that will allow them to thrive when working within their own team and with external partner organizations, in order to deliver this priority.

We encourage our staff to develop a specialist interest. This can be in any of the approaches practiced in the department, or an approach we don't currently have available.

There are no clinical sessions assigned to this post but clinical time can be negotiated if requested.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached document for full Job Description and Person Specification for full information on the roles an expectations for this post

Person Specification Experience Essential
  • Experience of proposing and conducting small and larger scale research in the NHS and care sector
  • Record of research dissemination; presentations, or publications in either peer reviewed, academic or professional journals/books
  • Experience of supporting other professionals to develop and conduct research
  • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist under supervision.
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature
  • Experience of developing and facilitating teaching and training for psychological professionals.
  • Experience of supervising assistant, trainee & early career qualified psychologists having completed the relevant training.
  • Experience of providing teaching and training to psychologists and/or other professional groups.
  • Post-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
  • The Trust encourages and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental health challenges. We see this as valuable and recognise the positive impact this experience can have on the work we do.
  • A connection to communities and organisations in the areas the Trust provides services to.
  • Experience of working on a DClinPsy Course or similar.
Qualifications and Professional Registration Essential
  • Entry-level qualification in Clinical Psychology (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalent) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration.
  • Additional training beyond entry-level qualification in a specialised area of psychological practice or research through formal post-qualification training (PG Diploma or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses and/or an evidenced portfolio of supervised practice- based learning in a specialist area of clinical practice or research, assessed by an experienced clinical supervisor to be of equal level to a Postgraduate Diploma or higher
  • Completed a training course in clinical supervision.
  • Registered with the HCPC as (Clinical) Practitioner Psychologist.
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of research activity within NHS and care sector
  • Knowledge and understanding of NHS psychological professionals and the barriers experienced by some socio-demographic groups. (
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological research methodology and statistical analysis
  • Knowledge and understanding of organisational development and change
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies and research.
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment.
  • Advanced knowledge of psychological assessment and clinical psychometrics
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the relevant client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care
  • Excellent up to date knowledge and understanding of Higher Education training programmes for psychological professionals.
  • Knowledge of project management tools and techniques
Skills Essential
  • Strong project management skills and ability to run multiple projects simultaneously
  • To conduct research that attends to cultural and other differences
  • To select and administer specialist psychological assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources, on which expert opinion may differ.
  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information.
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Skills in providing teaching and training to other professional groups
  • Proficient in the use of social media and virtual technologies
  • Ability to communicate in languages additional to English relevant to the work of the Trust.
Abilities Essential
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations in public, professional and academic meetings
  • Ability to maintain concentration and to remain in restricted positions for long periods during observations, assessments and psychological interventions, and to deal with unexpected interruptions or changes during these.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour
  • Ability to manage verbal aggression and hostility directed at self and others
  • (if applicable) Ability to manage physical aggression directed at self and others, including use of physical interventions as prescribed by Trust policies

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