Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Band 8c

Main area
Clinical / Counselling Psychology
Band 8c
Full Time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
190 Kennington Lane London SE11 5DL
£63,134 - £75,637 p.a. inc.
28/01/2018 23:59

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8c Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to become the psychology lead for the Early Intervention in Psychosis pathway within South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

The Early Intervention pathway provides a comprehensive service to people who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis or at risk of doing so. It includes some of the first Early Intervention teams in the UK and has undergone significant expansion since the launch of the National Access and Waiting Times Standard.  The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about developing better access to psychological therapies for this client group, and committed to multi-disciplinary working within the pathway. One of the current priorities is to develop the service to offer fully NICE concordant care, which includes an emphasis on increasing access to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Family Interventions (FI).

The post involves responsibility for psychological therapies staff working across Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon and Lewisham. You would need to ensure that Trust Psychology and other policy, standards and directorate targets for services for clients within the Early Intervention pathway are being met. You would be responsible for the monitoring and implementation of professional standards in the practice of applied psychology in the Early Intervention pathway and for the systematic and effective provision of professional supervision. You would also carry a clinical caseload in the LEO team (Lambeth).

The post requires highly developed knowledge and ability to work with At-Risk Mental States and First Episode Psychosis, as well as experience of delivering evidence-based psychological interventions in the context of complex presentations. You will be expected to have had training in clinical supervision and have the ability to supervise qualified psychologists in CBT and FI at an advanced level. Excellent communication skills are required in order to promote psychological approaches for people experiencing psychosis in the context of very diverse and vibrant local communities.

The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is in partnership with Kings College London (including the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience), Guys and St Thomas Trust and Kings College Hospital trust to form Kings Health Partners, an Academic Health Sciences Centre with a vision to pioneer better health and well-being, locally and globally, through integrated excellence in research, education and training and patient care. The post-holder will have opportunities to be involved in psychological research into psychosis through our strong links to a world leading programme. In addition we have a commitment to supporting on-going professional development and are able to offer a range of CPD opportunities.  

The Trust has aligned clinical services with research and training to form Clinical Academic Groups (CAGs). The post holder will be based within the Early Intervention Care Pathway of the Psychosis CAG and report to the Head of Psychology for the Psychosis CAG.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

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

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