Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

West London NHS Trust
£49,036 to £55,049 a year including HCAS
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a unique and exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed individual to take a key clinical role in the development of psychological care pathways for the St Mary's Hospital Major Trauma Centre. We are looking for a qualified practitioner psychologist to contribute to the implementation of the integrated psychological model of care, working in partnership with psychology leads and the Major Trauma team.

New Major Trauma Psychology teams are being created at each of London's four major trauma centres. This lead role will help design and implement inpatient and outpatient follow-up screening and treatment pathways for survivors of major trauma. As well as an active clinical role, the post-holder will provide supervision, support and training to other psychologists, working within the MTC pathways.

The post-holder will be a member of the Clinical Health Psychology & Neuropsychology Department, and will be joining our newly-established Major Trauma Psychology team.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will have experience in working in medical settings as part of an MDT.

The main duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Working with the Major Trauma Psychology team and the Major Trauma Centre (MTC) MDT to develop and deliver new psychological pathways of car
  • Provide clinical support to patients and their families on the newly established Major Trauma psychology pathways, on both an inpatient and outpatient basi
  • Support the development of a psychological milieu and a trauma-informed approach to care
  • Undertake complex assessments and intervention strategie
  • Offer consultancy and provide expert advice to MTC colleagues, and the wider clinical multi-professional team, other agencies and non-professional carers
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of education and training to the MTC MDT and for services on the wider NWL care pathways, where appropriate
  • Contribute to the coordination of the psychological response to major incidents in London

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

This is a pan-London project and equivalent roles are being recruited to at the other three Major Trauma Centres in London. The four post-holders will collectively form a pan-London Psychological Trauma Network, which will form a subsection of the London Major Trauma Network.

You will part of the Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology department, which currently consists of 20 whole time equivalent staff working across a broad range of medical and surgical specialties within ICHNT as well as in other hospital and community settings. The Department is a friendly, supportive place to work, which is committed to clinical supervision, continuing professional development and career progression. The Department has excellent teaching and research links with Imperial College School of Medicine and the North London Clinical Psychology training courses.

The post qualifies for the Inner London High Cost Area Supplement.

For further information please contact Stephen Gunning, Head of Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology department: or on 020 8383 0689.

Informal discussions/visits are welcomed.

Brief Summary

The London NHS Violence Reduction Programme team in collaboration with Specialised Commissioning have funded a two-year to pilot of new psychological care pathways within Londons four Major Trauma Centres (MTCs).

This is a new and developing service and we particularly encourage applications from candidates with an interest in innovative practice as there will be opportunities to shape and develop the service model. The intention is to build a service that will be sustainable and psychological care will become embedded as standard practice in the Major Trauma Centre. The development of a business case is planned for, and will be taking shape from the commencement of the project. It is hoped and expected that at the end of the two year pilot the post-holder will continue to occupy positions within the trauma service but will otherwise have the opportunity to work within related areas across a range of Clinical Health Psychology, Neuropsychology, and mental health services across the Trust.

Aims of the role

The aim being to ensure patients have access to specialist and/or informal psychological services when needed.

The new role will support the delivery of the expected outcomes of the model:
  • Improving care quality and outcomes for trauma patients, not limited to psychological outcomes but including patient and carer experience, return to work and education
  • Improving clinical outcomes as patients are:
  • supported with treatment adherence
  • supported to engage in Trauma rehab
  • supported to manage mental health difficulties arising from surviving a major trauma
  • receiving interventions from psychological specialists with expertise in both psychological/mental health and trauma
  • Greater consistency in care and provision of psychological support across MTCs in line with evidence based/best practice guidance.
  • Consultation, liaison, and training of other staff across the pathway (e.g. Surgeons, Doctors, Nurses, Trauma Coordinators) to enhance psychological understanding and skills of other professionals seen by the patient.
  • Providing London with a comprehensive psychological response service for major incident and terrorist events.
  • Supporting addressing health inequalities ensuring all patient groups benefit from psychological Reduce violence in young people by identifying underlying psychological conditions and linking with accessible, effective community psychological support programmes
  • Improving Major Trauma Centre workforce well-being, resilience, and retention

  • As part of the NHS Londons Violence Reduction Programme, this next phase of the programme is being rolled-out in 2023 to ensure that people receive the necessary support: a coordinated mental health response that encompasses the identification and treatment of those suffering through a proactive support offer, with a focus on minimising the long-term effects.

    The post holder will have a pivotal role in helping implement this transformation agenda in the delivery of a comprehensive integrated model of care for major trauma patients that ensures equity of integrated high quality physical and psychological trauma care in Londons MTCs which can be stepped up when a major incident occurs.

    The post holder will be part of the Clinical Health Psychology and Neuropsychology Department, based at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

    The role includes providing highly specialist psychological assessment, treatment recommendations and onward referral. In addition, offering advice and consultation on a patients psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and other, non-professional carers.

    The post holder may provide clinical supervision, support and training to other psychologists, trainees and assistant psychologists in the department regarding psychological assessment and specialist psychological interventions for people that have survived major trauma.

    The post holder will be working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the Departments and Trusts policies and procedures and will utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research within the area served by the service.

    The post holder will be involved in the training, continuing professional development and supervision of assistant and trainee clinical psychologists and other health professionals working in major trauma pathways.

    For further details regarding the role and responsibilities, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

    Person Specification Qualifications Essential
    • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical psychology (or equivalent).
    • Registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist.
    • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HCPC and British Psychological Society.
    • Completion of post-doctoral training in relevant area.
    Experience Essential
    • Assessed experience of working as a qualified practitioner psychologist, within a directly relevant area of specialism
    • Experience of highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients with a range of psychological needs of a complex nature following physical injury or in the context of a complex medical condition.
    • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings 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 working with, and addressing issues of diversity, including experience of working with a multicultural framework.
    • Experience of teaching and training non-psychologist colleagues
    • Experience of supervising assistant psychologists.
    Knowledge Essential
    • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of health psychology, rehabilitation, lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies.
    • Evidence of continuing training in psychological practice through formal post-doctoral training (diploma/evidenced portfolio or equivalent), OR a combination of specialist short courses
    Skills Essential
    • Skills in application of psychological interventions in a specialist area (e.g. adapting CBT and third wave approaches for medical settings)
    • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations.
    • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team and contribute to effective team functioning.
    Other Requirements Essential
    • Able to contain and work with organisational stress and to help others to manage their own stress.
    • Interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical health psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary settings.
    • A commitment to the evaluation of services and a wish to continue to develop expertise in the service area

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