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Specialist Clinical Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 7

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Sutton Uplift
NHS AfC: Band 7
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Jubilee Health Centre
£40,057 - £45,839 Per Annum plus HCAS outer
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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

About the team: 

Sutton Uplift is a primary mental health service, which incorporates a Wellbeing Service, the Sutton Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service, an Assessment Team and a Primary Care Recovery and Support Team.

Main duties of the job

Band 7 – EMDR Therapist/ CBT Therapist/ Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Hours: We are recruiting to various positions so part and full time can be considered

Salary:  Band 7

South West London & St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG) provides mental health services at primary, secondary and tertiary levels to the residents of Sutton, Merton, Kingston, Richmond and Wandsworth.

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.

We look forward to receiving your application.

For a full list of our benefits please visit:

Working for our organisation


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

We look forward to receiving your application.

For a full list of our benefits please visit:

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

About the role:

The post holder will work clinically within the IAPT service which delivers a range of evidence-based psychological interventions (e.g., CBT, IPT, DIT) to people with common mental health problems (i.e., depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders) within a stepped-care model. Sutton IAPT is professionally managed by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and operationally managed by the Uplift Service Manager. The IAPT team includes Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, IAPT High Intensity Practitioners, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, and Graduate Mental Health Workers who provide evidence-based psychological interventions in line with NICE guidance.

We are looking for an EMDR Therapist, Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist to join our IAPT team on a permanent basis. You will be providing evidence-based CBT psychological assessment and treatment to people aged 18 and over, presenting with anxiety, depression and eating disorders at Step 3. Training in additional NICE guidelines recommended therapy modalities, such as EMDR, would be advantageous. You may also be involved in supervision of Graduate Mental Health Workers and Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners. You will work clinically within primary care settings and be required to work flexible hours in line with GP surgery hours and the ‘Improving Access’ agenda. The post holder will be willing to work an evening clinic, possibly including occasional Fridays until 8pm as well as occasional Saturday mornings (9am-1pm). You will receive regular clinical supervision from a Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or CBT Therapist working within the service and have the opportunity to attend regular Trust-wide and in-house CBT training sessions.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Is HCPC registered under the appropriate domain specific title
  • 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.
  • Eligible for Graduate Membership of BPS
Desirable criteria
  • Advanced training in behavioural cognitive psychotherapy and accredited with the British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP)
  • Evidence of regular post- qualification development


Essential criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of people with a wide range of mental health problems, of varying severity and complexity
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups, of varying severity, 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 and verbal and physical abuse
  • Experience of working in both primary and secondary mental health care, including multi-agency working
  • Experience of CBT group and individual work and in supervising/facilitating running therapeutic/psycho-educational groups
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of mental health problems and the capacity to use that experience to the benefit of patient care


Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and therapeutic skills necessary to deliver psychological treatments in line with NICE guidelines as relevant to Primary Care
  • Skills in the assessment and diagnostic formulation of common mental disorders in primary care settings
  • Skills in the assessment and evaluation of risk associated with mental ill health and related psychopathology
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and or clinically sensitive information to patients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implication for clinical practice and the appropriate management of people presenting with mental health problems
  • Knowledge of our business and how it supports patient care
  • Knowledge of the goals and service model associated with the IAPT programme
  • Ability to work across organisational boundaries and to function effectively within organisational cultures which differ to that of the NHS
Desirable criteria
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological approaches to working with patients from a range of cultural backgrounds
  • Knowledge of community psychology approaches
  • Advanced practitioner skills in at least one other model of psychological therapy, preferably IPT, DIT, or EMDR
  • High-level knowledge in the assessment and evaluation of the 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.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Carla Vianello
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Step 3 Lead
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