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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 21/01/2020.

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 222-LS-492

West London NHS Trust
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist
Crisis Assessment & Treatment (Hounslow), Isleworth
£44,606 to £50,819 pa plu

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 Ealing 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.

Title: Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist – 8a

Acute Adult Mental Health Services

Full time and permanent position; we welcome applications from recently qualified Clinical Psychologists

We are excited to invite candidates to apply for the role Clinical Psychologist in the Hounslow Crisis Assessment and Treatment Team (HCATT) working within our adult Acute Mental Health Services. We offer community based crisis assessment, crisis intervention and brief therapeutic interventions to service users experiencing a significant crisis in their mental health and psychological wellbeing. The team receive a wide breadth of referrals which provides opportunities to work with a variety of presentations using different therapeutic approaches including DBT, CBT, ACT, CFT and Systemic models alongside other evidence based therapeutic models as appropriate.

We have been keen to focus on the development of our recovery focused work through brief therapeutic intervention pathways. We offer full model brief DBT programme as well as CBT and ACT informed interventions and we are keen to welcome a Clinical Psychologist to be a part of and lead on the therapeutic services we offer. The MDT team are particularly interested and keen to develop their therapeutic skill set to offer a more holistic approach to mental health recovery and therefore teaching and training will be a key element of this role.

Of particular interest this position will have significant opportunities to contribute to current exciting service development initiatives. For example, the development of the therapeutically informed Out of Hours services and the delivery of crisis services to older adults.

The role of the Clinical Psychologist in HCATT is focused on working as an integral member of the MDT team to ensure that a psychological perspective and formulation is considered. The Clinical Psychologist will work alongside and in parallel with all MDT practitioners including nursing, health care assistants and psychiatrists to support the development of effective and timely therapeutic assessments, formulations and interventions to our service users.

This role is particularly key to the development of the psychological skill set within the MDT by providing training, teaching, development sessions and complex case discussions within which practitioners can learn, develop and apply psychological understanding and skills.

The HCATT Clinical Psychologist also plays an important role in their relationship with the other local services such as IAPT, Recovery Teams, primary mental health services and specialist services such as Eating Disorders and Early Intervention for Psychosis services.

We work alongside the Clinical Psychology Doctoral, MSc, CBT and undergraduate courses in London and this role is vital in providing specialist supervision to Trainee and Assistant Clinical Psychologists as well as CBT practitioner trainees.

The Acute Mental Health Service team of Psychologists meet regularly for peer supervision and emphasise the importance of being a community of Psychologists who support each other in their practice and share areas of expertise and experience.

We hope this has given you an overview of the team and the role. If you have any further questions, please do get in touch and we would be happy to arrange a time to talk this through some more. We welcome applications from newly qualified Clinical Psychologists.

For further details / informal visits contact:

If you would like further information or to discuss the role, please contact Dr Nicole Stokoe, Principal Clinical Psychologist, CATT, West London NHS Trust: 07791613754 or

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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