Clinical/Chartered/Counselling Health Psychologist

Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year pa inc HCAS pro rata
Closing date
22 Mar 2023

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 8A
Part Time
To provide psychological oversight across the diabetes services of Central and North West London. To feed into the production of a long-term sustainable model for psychological services in Harrow. To provide a qualified consultative model of service delivery to both mental health and non-mental health staff working in Harrow. This will involve weekly multidisciplinary team working, supervision and training, and strategic input across Harrow.

To provide a qualified clinical psychology service to clients with diabetes; providing 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, nonprofessional carers; working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service's policies and procedures. To utilize research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service. To facilitate and assist in the management diabetic specific psychology service development and provision.

Main duties of the job

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a clinical psychologist to work within the Clinical Health Psychology department. We are seeking to recruit an individual who aspires to work within an innovative and stimulating work environment. The post holder will be required to offer psychological input to people with diabetes and monitor any changes in health care use, mood and physical markers such as HbA1c.

It involves close working with GP's and the Community Diabetes Teams and other health professionals.

The Clinical Health Psychology department.

The service is part of a large multi-speciality Clinical Psychology department with good links with other specialities within the department. CNWL actively encourage and support CPD. We take trainees from the London Regional training courses in Clinical Psychology.

About us

Mental health care across the Harrow system is delivered by multi-disciplinary teams with a shared sense of ownership for clinical care. The psychology service is well integrated and highly valued, with excellent MDT working relationships.

Job description Job responsibilities


  • To provide strategic input to assist in the delivery of psychological services to patients with diabetes in Central and North West London, to enable parity of provision.
  • To provide consultation and training to staff working with the diabetic client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate, including primary, community and secondary care.
  • To have a Quality Improvement approach to the model of delivery; provide a framework for developing, testing and implementing changes leading to improvement
  • To receive regular professional supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To gain additional highly specialist experience and skills relevant to clinical psychology
  • To provide advice, consultation and supervision to other MDT staffs psychological work, as appropriate.
  • To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical psychologists, ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competencies and experience to contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competencies.
  • To provide professional and clinical supervision of trainee and assistant clinical psychologists
  • To contribute to the pre- and post-qualification teaching of clinical psychology as well as other disciplines, as appropriate.

  • Clinical:
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients with diabetes 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 integrate with the psychological formulation specialist knowledge of complex mental health disorders.
  • To understand the role of physical treatments for complex mental health disorders, and to offer appropriate advice to the patient, carers and clinicians in the light of such understanding.
  • 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 Clinical Health Psychology 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, ensuring the provision of a care package appropriate for the clients needs, coordinating the work of others involved with care, tasking responsibility for arranging CPA reviews as required and communicating effectively with the client, his/her family and all others involved in the network of care, and to monitor progress during the course of multi-disciplinary interventions.
  • 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 provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team, where appropriate.

  • Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Doctoral 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. and HCPC.
    • Pre/Post-qualification training and qualifications in health psychology, research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
    • Post-graduate research experience and skills.
    OTHER Essential
    • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multimedia materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
    • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour.
    • Experience of working within a multicultural framework.

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