Principle Clinical Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum plus HCAS
Closing date
2 Apr 2023

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Band 8B
Full Time
Principal Clinical Psychologist 8b in Hammersmith and Fulham

Community and Recovery Mental Health Services: Integrated community mental health services lead 1.0 wte

An exciting opportunity is available for enthusiastic and motivated Principal Clinical or Counselling psychologist who is keen to further develop their clinical and leadership skills in our integrated mental health services (our Multi-Integrated Network Teams or MINT). If you are passionate about improving the development and delivery of integrated care alongside developing therapeutic ways of working across mental health teams, this is an exciting time to come and work in community services in West London.

West London NHS Services are in the process of transforming the provision of community services to offer integrated placed-based care centred around the Primary Care Networks across the three boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham. This transformation is aimed at improving, focussing and standardising the offer to all those using our services and is concentrating on improving access to psychological treatments.

An understanding of West London and a passion for working within the area to develop our capacity to consider and meet the needs of our diverse population and deliver culturally sensitive care is a central part of the role.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be part of a supportive and welcoming psychology leadership team as well as providing clinical and operational leadership to multi-disciplinary staff in the pathway.
  • The successful post holder will lead our well-established psychology team in Hammersmith and Fulham.
  • The post holder will have management experience and extensive leadership skills, including the ability to take a whole systems approach to managing and supporting culture change
  • The team's key focus is in delivering evidence based packages of care, informed by NICE guidelines alongside excellent multi-disciplinary working.
  • You will be part of a team excited by, and striving for, optimal recovery outcomes for each individual who uses our services.
  • The teams are keen to develop formulation-based understanding, trauma-informed ways of working alongside culturally sensitive care and support.
  • We are excited by a range of new roles which strive to work within our communities; building and developing holistic ways of working.
  • The successful candidate will have experience of delivering specialist evidence-based therapy, of providing supervision, and of service development relating to psychological therapies.
  • The position-holder will be expected to take up supervisory roles as well as a role as overall Clinical and Operational Leadership positions

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of mental health, community and social care in the UK.

Our 3,982 staff care for people in hospital and in the community, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for more than 800,000 people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries and care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

We'rerated good overall by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Together, we're committed to promoting hope and wellbeing, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

We are keen to ensure that our workforce reflects the community it serves, particularly in terms of ethnicity, gender, disability, LGBTQ+ and experience of mental illness.

Job description Job responsibilities

The post-holder will contribute directly and indirectly to a psychologically based framework of understanding and care to the benefit of all service users of the service, across all settings and agencies serving the client group and ensure that all members of multidisciplinary teams have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding clients of the service through the provision of advice, joint working, consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.

The post-holder will be responsible, as a member of the psychology service, for the provision of a highly developed and comprehensive specialist clinical psychology service to service users in the community with mental health disorders. Responsibilities will include provision of specialist psychological assessments and therapies, the provision of specialist risk assessment and advice on risk management, and the provision of psychological advice and consultation to others involved in service user care.

As an autonomous practitioner he/she will be responsible for their own work and interventions and for the interpretation of agreed guidelines and policies.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Good honours degree (2:1 minimum) in Psychology. Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS
  • Post-graduate doctorate in clinical psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996 or those in lateral transfer) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Professional Registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Training in clinical supervision for Doctoral, and equivalent, trainees
  • Advanced keyboard skills
  • Other related academic qualifications
  • Evidence of post-doctoral training in systemic therapy/ DBT/ CAT/ Schema Therapy/CBT/CBTp
Experience Essential
  • Significant experience working as a qualified (specialist) psychologist, including post qualification experience as a qualified psychologist within a community setting with those who present with complex difficulties
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice, particularly in respect of adults with severe and enduring mental health needs (including complex needs, psychosis and a trauma history)
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy groups
  • Experience of working clinically with both male and female service users
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of having facilitated/co-facilitated psychological therapy with families.
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Highly developed specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice, particularly in respect of adults with severe and enduring difficulties, psychosis, trauma and complex needs
  • Advanced specialist knowledge, both theoretical and practical, of psychology applied to clinical practice
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, highly sensitive or highly contentious information, where there are significant barriers to acceptance which need to be overcome using the highest level of interpersonal and communication skills such as would be required when communicating in a hostile, antagonistic or highly emotive atmosphere
  • Able to make judgements involving highly complex facts or situations, which require the evaluation of a range of options (e.g. the assessment of specialist clinical conditions and the determination of treatment options), where expert opinions may differ
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own workload, assessments, formulating and treatment, involving other staff, and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Keyboard skills
  • Psychomotor skills necessary to administer complex psychological tests and video equipment
  • Able to use database, word processing and test administration/scoring software
  • Post-graduate level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of complex presentations
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of the assessment and treatment of a wide range of mental health conditions.
  • Specialist theoretical and practical knowledge of assessment and intervention with families
Other Requirements Essential
  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS
  • Must be capable of being guided by precedent, clearly defined policies, procedures and codes of conduct
  • Able to reflect on own professional practice through the clinical supervision process
  • Willing to participate actively in CPD in line with BPS guidelines
  • 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.
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings.
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books

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