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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/09/2021.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist - Acute Psychological Therapies Lead

Job Reference: 348-SOU-422A

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Psychology (Acute Services)
Antelope House, Southampton
£65,664 to £75,874 pa (based on full time hours)

Southern Health is one of the largest Foundation Trusts in the UK, specialising in mental health, adult and child community health and learning disabilities.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a secondment to a Consultant Psychologist Acute Service Lead role within the Southampton Division of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, based in Antelope House Southampton. We are seeking candidates with skills in working with acute and chronic mental health difficulties and experience of service and staff development.

The successful candidate will be experienced in working with people with complex mental health needs, where psychosis and severe interpersonal difficulties are part of their presentation and be familiar with working through a trauma informed lens to understand what has happened to people and ways to alleviate their distress. It will be a distinct advantage for candidates to have previously worked with people in crisis & experiencing acute mental health presentations and the systems people come into contact with.

Working alongside colleagues, the post-holder will offer specialist psychological assessments, neuro-cognitive assessments, formulations, brief interventions and will be familiar with and contribute to further developing the Care Comprehend, Cope & Connect (CCC) Programme, which is a psychology led intervention enabling multi-professional colleagues to offer psychological interventions to individuals who are in crisis or in the acute phase of their mental illness. These interventions will lead to informed collaborative care planning.


The successful post-holder will lead in developing, organising and delivering psychological expertise across the Acute Services which include our In-Patient Unit, (comprising of separate male and female wards and currently one PICU, with a second PICU planned to open in December2021) the Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team, (CRHT) and our Rehabilitation Unit, Forest Lodge. You will be supported by a team of psychologists and psychological therapists and very engaged mutiprofessional teams in all the acute services.


The successful candidate will be part of the wider senior management team and lead on service and strategic development, developing the psychological milieu in addition to providing line management, supervision, consultation and training to staff within psychology team and the wider multi-professional team.

We are looking for someone who has well developed interpersonal, clinical, quality improvement and research skills, with the resilience needed to thrive in a busy city-based NHS service.

The post-holder will be based at Antelope House and line and professionally managed by the Divisional Lead for Psychological Therapy Services, who is also based at Antelope House

You will also be part of the wider Southampton Psychological Service, comprising of clinical psychologists and specialists in psychological therapy with expertise in CBT, DBT, CAT, EMDR and Psychodynamic approaches, with an emphasis on evidence-based practice and research.

We have good supervision structures and an excellent track record of CPD, as well as strong links with Southampton University, particularly with the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology and the MSc/Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems.

Hampshire offers an attractive mix of city, coastal and countryside lifestyles, from the idyllic town of Petersfield in the South Downs, the historic and cosmopolitan waterfront city of Portsmouth, the sandy beaches of Bournemouth, the captivating New Forest, to the quaint historic city of Winchester - voted the Best Place to Live in the UK*.

To arrange an informal discussion regarding the role please email Dr Julia Macleod, Divisional Lead for Psychological Therapies, Consultant Psychologist –

*subject to terms and conditions


*Halifax Quality of Life Study 2016


We positively encourage applications from all sections of the community and we are committed to equal opportunities. We strongly encourage candidates to read all available information to support their application, please use the application form to demonstrate that you meet the requirements laid out in the job description and person specification.

Previous applicants need not apply within a six month period for the same role.

A DBS check is required by the Employer for this post. The Employer will undertake an initial check at the appropriate level on appointment. As a condition of employment you are required to register with the online DBS update service and maintain this registration throughout employment; costs associated with this will be reimbursed, subject to taxation in line with guidance from HMRC.

Any personal information you provide will be treated in the strictest confidence and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.


Southern Health Foundation Trust (SHFT) is committed to promoting the welfare and safeguarding of children, young people and adults at risk of abuse and neglect. As an employee, you are accountable to ensure that you know to how to respond when you are concerned for the safety of a child, young person or adult at risk, applying the principles of the Family Approach to ensure evidence based analysis, risk management and appropriate action and escalation. SHFT require staff to work effectively together using the Family Approach to achieve better outcomes for adults, children and families. The Trust will support you in this duty by providing ongoing training, support and advice and have a Corporate Safeguarding Team who can be contacted for guidance and the provision of safeguarding supervision.

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