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Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 222-LS-156-AF

West London NHS Trust
LBE Services, Ealing
£42,414 to £49,969 pa

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse providers of NHS mental and physical care in the UK. We are rated ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission and ‘outstanding’ for caring and our forensic services.

We are here to care for people with mental and physical illness, helping them to recover and go on to lead full and productive lives. We aim to be the best organisation of our kind in the country.

We provide care and treatment for children, adults and older people living in the London boroughs of Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow, delivering services in the community (at home, in GP surgeries, care homes), hospital, specialist clinics and forensic (secure) units.

Our physical healthcare services include intermediate care services in Hammersmith & Fulham as part of the Community Independence Service partnership.

Our national, specialist and forensic services include:

  • Medium secure services on the St Bernard’s Hospital site in Ealing
  • Services for people with complex and severe personality disorder at the Cassel Hospital in Richmond
  • High secure services at Broadmoor Hospital in Berkshire

We are a teaching Trust with a growing research portfolio, working with academic and industry partners.

Our 3400 staff are dedicated to improving lives, working with patients, service users, carers, families and partners across the communities we serve.

West London NHS Trust


in partnership with the London Borough of Ealing






Child Clinical Psychologist – Band 8a




Working with Children and Young People in Local Authority Care


Connect Service-Brighter Futures




Band 8a full time (1.0 WTE)


12 Month Contract




This is an exciting opportunity to join an innovative social care initiative within London Borough of Ealing, who commission this service in partnership with West London NHS Trust.




The Brighter Futures innovation programme saw the transformation of Ealing’s statutory children social care teams toward a relational based, intensive, multi-agency way of working. The Brighter Futures model is values driven and has at its heart a commitment to improving the lives and outcomes for children and young people in need through building empathic, respectful and trusting relationships.




We are recruiting a Clinical Psychologist for our Connect Service; working with children and young people in the care of the local authority and their carers. Clinical Psychologists are embedded within the social care team, working alongside the child’s social workers, supervising social workers and closely with the virtual school team. The Connect Service has a strong focus on innovative practice. Applicants must be keen to facilitate service transformation and be open to develop new ways of working, demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in their approach to their work and team life and be willing to practice in a collaborative way. A key aspect of this work is a committed, empathic and trauma-informed approach with children young people and their carers, building on strengths and resilience.




The Clinical Psychologist will be expected to provide a specialist and intensive assessment, support and intervention service to support positive change for the children, young people and the carers and the network around them. Providing consultation to develop reflective thinking and share complex psychological formulation in an accessible way is a key skill within this role. The role will also include delivering training and skills development sessions for social workers, therapeutic parenting groups for carers and contributing to/ supporting weekly systemic group supervision for the team, alongside holding a small caseload of direct assessment and therapeutic interventions with young people and carers.




The Connect Service has been trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy /Practice (DDP) and the post holder will be expected to attend any available trainings to support the development of skills within this model of working. The Connect Service within Ealing are committed to DDP informed working and have recently been the first local authority to be designated a ‘partner’ organisation with DDP Connects UK.




The post holder will be supported and supervised by the Lead Clinical Psychologist for Brighter Futures and work closely with the other psychologists within Connect Service and the wider Brighter Futures initiative. There is also a large and supportive Child Clinical Psychology Group in Ealing working in a range of Tier 2 and Tier 3 CAMH Services. We are able to provide varied opportunities for professional development and training, and have close links with UEL, UCL and Royal Holloway training courses, with trainees regularly undertaking placements within our service.



For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information and to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dr Alicia Fairhurst, Lead Clinical Psychologist for Brighter Futures, Tel: 020 8825 5145 or email on .

We reserve the right to close adverts prior to the closing date stated should we receive a high volume of applications. If you do not hear back from us within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been short-listed on this occasion.

All staff identified as at-risk and who meet the requirements of the post will be prioritised accordingly.

We offer Relocation packages for some positions (including Band 5 and Band 6 Nurses) - a relocation allowance of up to £8000 is offered for those who meet a required criteria.

Registered Nurses are required to produce their current NMC Revalidation documents/Portfolio at the assessment centre for verification, unless you are a newly qualified nurse from University.

By applying for this post you are agreeing to West London NHS Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are offered a job, you will be required to undergo a pre-employment check which can take between 4-8 weeks. After which your information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system

Please ensure you include professional email addresses and contact numbers for your referees which MUST be at supervisory or managerial capacity covering the last 3 years of employment to date to avoid delay in the recruitment process. If your current/most recent organisation is an NHS trust, we will be requesting one reference from your current line manager/HR department.

West London NHS Trust is committed to safeguarding of all children and vulnerable adults, eliminating discrimination for all groups and achieving equality of opportunity regardless of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief and sexuality. We aim to create a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve at all levels of seniority within the Trust. We are therefore particularly interested in receiving applications from people from ethnic minority backgrounds’.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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