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Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Band 8c

Main area
Healthcare Professional
Band 8c
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Kingston North
£70,631 - £80,841 PA Inc HCAS
Salary period
30/01/2022 23:59
Interview date

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We provide a full range of local mental health services to the Kingston, Merton, Richmond, Sutton and Wandsworth London boroughs, as well as specialist forensic mental health services, including specialised services such as national deaf adults and CAMHS inpatients and OCD.

We are committed to providing high quality integrated health and social care for local people with mental health problems in South West London and more specialist mental health services for people throughout the UK. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’ however we aim to be ‘outstanding’.

Our Values

We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users where our Trust values; being consistent, compassionate, collaborative, respectful and open is at the heart of everything we do. Our mission is "making life better together".

When you join us, you’ll be part of something special – an innovative and rapidly growing organisation that is helping to redefine the Mental Health, education and social care landscape in the UK.

As a Trust, we are happy to talk flexible working.

We are passionate about caring for our service users, their family and friends and the wellbeing of our colleagues.  From 1st April 2022, it will be a requirement for everyone joining South West London and St Georges in a CQC regulated patient facing role to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to hold a qualifying exemption.  Applicants are further advised that it is a condition of employment that evidence of their vaccination status is provided, as part of the pre-employment checks.

Job overview

Consultant Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and Psychology & Psychotherapies Lead

Kingston and Richmond Adult Mental Health Services

Band 8c


37.5 hours per week


We are looking for a clinical or counselling psychologist with significant experience of working in adult community mental health services. This is an exciting time to join our organisation as we have significant investment into our community services to transform in line with the NHS Long Term Plan.

As lead for P&P you will be involved in shaping and implementing new models of working and utilising new roles such as Clinical Associates in Psychology and Mental Health & Wellbeing Practitioners.


About the team:

Kingston & Richmond adult services have 4 Recovery & Support Teams (RSTs) and an Early Intervention for Psychosis team. Clinical psychologists are essential, integrated members of these multidisciplinary teams.

Some of the RSTs will also employ apprentice Clinical Associates in Psychology to deliver Structured Clinical Management. EIS also has CBT therapists.

Main duties of the job

About the role:

The job holder will work 0.6wte in the Kingston North Recovery & Support Team and be responsible for the development and systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical/counselling psychology service to clients of the clinical team across all sectors of care.


0.4wte will be allocated to the lead for Psychology & Psychotherapy role in which the job holder will have responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological and psychotherapy practice within the Adult services in Kingston & Richmond.

They will ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional supervision of all psychologists and psychotherapists within the adult community services in the boroughs.

They will also have responsibility to ensure there are clear systems for effective recruitment, professional appraisal, and the identification of CPD needs for P&P staff across the service/sector.

The post-holder will also carry out and oversee audit, policy and service development and research activities and/or programmes.

They will operate as a senior clinician and work with operational managers to propose and implement policy and service development changes within the boroughs served.

Working for our organisation

About the location:

The post will be based at Tolworth Hospital but flexibility is required to work at different bases as required and from home.


We offer a number of excellent staff benefits and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, we support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working, job sharing, term-time working, compressed hours and working from home.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Subsidised car parking - You can park at any of our sites at a reduced rate of £20/month.
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.


Other benefits include:

  • Eye examinations
  • Looking after your health
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car lease scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants
  • Free gym membership

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

1.Working within a highly specialised clinical area, to provide highly developed specialist psychological assessments of clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological (and where appropriate to the professional, 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 client’s care.

2. To formulate plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental health problems based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s 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 highly specialist 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.

4. To make highly skilled evaluations and 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.

5. To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for the treatment of and discharge of clients whose problems are managed as a psychologically based standard care plan, ensuring appropriate assessment, formulation and interventions, communicating with the referral agent and others involved with the care on a regular basis.

Person specification

Training & Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and (for Clinical Psychologists) neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology ; OR alternative training outside of the UK that is recognised by the Health & Care Professions Council leading to registration in the UK as a Clinical or Counselling psychologist
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • To be registered with the Health Professions Council under the appropriate domain specific title
Desirable criteria
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice


Essential criteria
  • Assessed experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of six years, including at least 3 years post qualification experience within the designated specialty where the post is located
  • 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 exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of multi-professional management of teams or services within the designated specialty
  • Experience of representing the profession in local policy fora
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts

Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level knowledge of clinical/counselling psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, and two or more distinct psychological therapies
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
Desirable criteria
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities and severely challenging behaviours etc)
  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Peter James
Job title
Head of P&P for the Community Service
Email address
Telephone number
07779 963 974