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Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Woodroffe House, Tolworth Hospital
£52,093 - £58,186 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Salary period
25/01/2022 23:59

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

We are advertising for a Band 8a clinical psychologist to work predominantly in our multi-agency integrated Single Point of Access for Kingston and Richmond CAMHS. There are also opportunities within the role for assessment and therapeutic work within our Tier 3 CAMHS services which specialise in the provision of specialist mental health assessments and evidence-based interventions for children and young people presenting to the service with moderate to severe mental health problems and risk.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated Psychologist interested in contributing to a high-quality mental health provision for our local boroughs. You will also be able to take a leadership role in supporting the Professional Lead with the wider developments with the SPA and its full integration with Tier 3 CAMHS.

You will be a Clinical Psychologist/Counselling Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a practitioner psychologist.

We are committed to get the very best out of our staff and support staff in their career   aspirations. We have career pathways available, where you will be able to develop your skills and build on your experience to progress into other roles. For this role, we offer leadership training and development opportunities. We also have a trust-wide plan for ongoing CPD for psychology and psychotherapy staff, including upcoming opportunities for CPD in areas such as Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Therapies, DBT and EMDR.

Main duties of the job

At the CAMHS SPA, we process and manage all new referrals for children and adolescents in Richmond and Kingston boroughs where there are concerns about emotional/mental health and developmental difficulties. The CAMHS SPA is integrated within Richmond and Kingston Children’s Services and works closely with Children’s social care, including working within the Multi Agency Support Hub (MASH) and our Tier 2 Emotional Health Service, provided through Achieving For Children. We also liaise closely with our GP, School and Health referrers, as well as local charitable and counselling support services to help signpost families to the most appropriate level of support.

Successful candidates must have:

  • experience of working with children and young people in a variety of settings
  • experience of work within a multi-disciplinary team and with multi-agency professionals
  • the ability to relate and provide accessible services to a diverse community
  • the ability to adapt to the fast-paced nature of SPA work, with good IT and computer recording skills to navigate between the various IT systems within CAMHS and the local authority.
  • knowledge and skills in risk assessment, management and safeguarding
  • be able to deliver a range of evidence-based interventions

Working for our organisation

South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust 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 high secure services, at Springfield Hospital.

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.

The CAMHS SPA are a team composing of Psychologists, a Psychiatrist, Mental Health Nurses, Systemic Psychotherapists, Assistant Psychologists, Administrators, as well as Trainees and Students on regular rotation. We are a friendly team who value each other’s skills and expertise, as well as the importance of having good supportive relationships with each other.

Locations:  The main location for this post is Kingston CAMHS, Woodroffe House, Tolworth Hospital. There are options for flexible working in our other bases including Guildhall Kingston Town Centre and Richmond CAMHS, Barnes Hospital, as well as opportunities for some homeworking.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

  • To provide highly specialist clinical psychology services to children, young people and their families / carers across all sectors of care; providing evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment in line with NICE guidance.


  • To carry a caseload and coordinate care for those children, young people and families on the caseload;
  • To offer advice and consultation on clients’ psychological care. To work within Trust and professional guidelines, to a clear CAMHS job plan.
  • To support the Departmental clinical governance structure through the provision of clinical supervision and by providing clinical input to supervisees’ PADRs.
  • Within supervision, team meetings and other fora, to support and promote the use of measures within the CYP IAPT framework to evolve clinical practice and enhance user experience.
  • To seek opportunities to include service user perspectives in how services are delivered.
  • To utilise research skills for practice evaluation and service development, as required by the service and set out in the job plan.
  • To work with the team manager and clinical lead to lead the work of a particular team or service area

Person specification

Training and Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Qualified Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC as a Practitioner Psychologist under the domain of Clinical Psychologist, or Qualified Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist having successfully completed a training course recognised/accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) or equivalent, and registered with ACP, or Qualified Systemic Family Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) via the College of Family Couple and Systemic Therapy.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Post qualification training in the clinical supervision of trainees
Desirable criteria
  • Training as part of a CYP IAPT collaborative in a recognised evidenced based approach
  • Formal training in the supervision of a psychotherapeutic modality.
  • Further training in a recognised evidence-based psychological therapy


Essential criteria
  • Consolidated experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care, and in-patient settings
  • Consolidated experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and experience by having received a minimum of 50 hours of clinical supervision of working as a specialist psychologist or psychotherapist over a minimum of 18 months.
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision
  • Experience of service development or of a leadership role.

Knowledge & Skills

Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing appropriate to a variety of audiences.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Evidence of potential to provide collaborative team leadership
  • Knowledge of UK legislation in relation to the health and welfare services to children and adolescents and mental health.
Desirable criteria
  • 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, children with complex problems etc).
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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 Federica Alberton
Job title
Lead Consultant Clinical Pyschology
Email address
Additional information

Nicholas Wilson on Nicholas.wilson@swlstg.nhs.uk 07811837098