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Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist Liaison Psychology

Job Reference: 348-SOU-350D

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Health Psychology (UHS) - Southampton - MH
Princess Anne Hospital
£47,126 to £53,219 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

We are seeking enthusiastic and motivated Clinical/ Counseling Psychologist to work within a growing Department of Psychological Medicine within Southern Health Foundation Trust. 

0.8wte Band 8a or Preceptorship post at Band 7 Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist for Liaison Psychiatry

Salary band: Band 8a (or Band 7 Preceptorship)

Hours: 30 hours per week

This is an exciting post offering psychological services for both the Adult and Older Adult Liaison Psychiatry Services in the Department of Psychological Medicine.

The Department of Psychological Medicine is comprised of the adult and older adult liaison psychiatry teams and the clinical health psychology team.  This role works clinically into the two liaison teams and be supported and managed be the Band 8b Liaison Psychologist.  The liaison teams operate a CORE 24 service for people over 18 years old within University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust.

The successful candidate will work alongside the Band 8b Liaison Psychologist to develop a psychological frame within the mental health liaison teams.  The clinical work will be with inpatients and ward staff through psychological formulation, joint assessment with liaison staff and there will be some scope for short term interventions, teaching and training.  There will also be work in linking to the community mental health teams to develop pathways between the hospital and mental health services within the community.

The post will be across the age span and so offers an interesting mix of work.  You will link with departments within the hospital and the community teams as well other Psychologists who work specifically into different medical disciplines within the hospital.

At this point, there no outpatient follow-up within liaison. However, if the post holder wishes, there will be an opportunity to pick up some therapy work (up to 1 day of the role) within either Clinical Health Psychology, staff support or adult mental health services.  Please talk to the team to explore what options might be available depending on your interest.

Line management is within the Clinical Health Psychology Service and you will be supported by other Psychologists working into the wider hospital.  Within Clinical Health and Liaison Psychology nationally, there are active interest groups and you will be encouraged to make connections with other national and regional centres to develop best practice within the hospital.

Applications are welcome from newly qualified psychologists for a preceptorship role at Band 7.

We are a dynamic team of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists that work into different medical services within Southampton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  The department has close links with Adult and Older Adult Liaison Psychiatry, Neuro-Psychology and Child Health Psychology in University Hospital Southampton. 

Within the department there is a keen interest in developing and sharing knowledge.  We have active interests in both Systemic, Acceptance and Commitment, Cognitive Analytic Therapy and EMDR therapeutic approaches and support these through interest groups. However, the team also values different approaches and aims to support people developing skills that enable them to work within their specialist areas. Funded training opportunities are available to all team Psychologists; recently these have included EMDR, ACT and CAT.

We have close links with Southampton University where there is an established Clinical Psychology training course. There are also specialist courses in Health Psychology and a research group focusing on the applications of Health Psychology.

If you would like to find out more information this post, please contact Dr Beth George, or Alexa Redman (Team manager of Department of Psychological Medicine) on 023 81 205782 or by email 

We would encourage people to contact the team to find out more about the post and the clinical area.  We would be very happy to answer any of your questions so that you can decide whether you would like to apply for the post as we have generic job descriptions to assist movement within our team.

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.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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