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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/02/2020.

Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 222-SF-233

West London NHS Trust
Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist
Psychology, SOUTHALL
£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 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.

Highly Specialist Clinical or Forensic Psychologist – Band 8A

West London Forensic Service

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical or Forensic Psychologist to join the psychology department at West London Forensic Service (WLFS). WLFS was recently rated as outstanding by the CQC. The service provides treatment and rehabilitation for around 250 men, women and adolescents across medium and low secure wards. Service users have a range of complex needs relating to psychosis, personality disorder, dual diagnosis and offending behaviour. We are committed to providing high quality, evidence based interventions within a recovery framework. The service is based at the St Bernards Hospital site, located in the London Borough of Ealing.

Psychology plays a valued and integral role within West London Forensic Service, and the successful applicant will join a well-established and supportive psychology service, with high standards of clinical supervision and excellent opportunities for continuing professional development. We will support individuals to develop specialist psychological therapy skills and pursue specific areas of interest or service development projects where appropriate. In addition, the post holder will play an active role in the psychology department, with opportunities to supervise more junior qualified psychologists, trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists.

The post will be attached to an admission ward in the male medium secure service. The ward is located in a recently built building within the male medium secure campus (the Three Bridges Unit) which contains state-of-the art facilities. The post holder will undertake clinical and risk assessments within a multi-disciplinary context, and will provide psychological advice and consultation to others involved in service user care. The post holder will have a key role in defining the psychological care pathway for individuals admitted to the unit through conducting highly specialist psychological assessments. As well as individual ward-based work, the post holder will contribute to a well-established cross-ward group therapy programme. There will be excellent opportunities to further develop skills of complex case assessment, formulation and application of evidence based psychological interventions. There will also be opportunities to gain experience from across the varied settings found within West London Forensic Service.

We welcome applications from enthusiastic, highly-motivated and resourceful individuals who are keen to work as part of a team, and who can demonstrate strong skills and experience in working in inpatient secure settings. The post is full time, but we would consider applications for part-time working at 0.8WTE and above.


For further details / informal visits contact:

For further information, please contact:

Dr Nicholas Stokes, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 020 8354 8717 or at

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the current Resident Labour Market Test which will be in place until the end of December 2020. UK Visas and Immigration requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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