Principal Psychologist

Location Brighton, Brighton and Hove, England
Job type Permanent
Salary £62,001 per year
Reference 162459

Sanctuary Personnel, a leading recruitment company within the private and public sector has a permanent role for a Principal Psychologist to work full-time based in Brighton.

The salary for this permanent Principal Psychologist job is £62,001 per annum.


  • Work as a member of the clinical service/ team, providing a high quality, specialist applied psychology service to clients, their families or carers, where there are highly complex presentations
  • Be responsible for the supervision and governance of a group of psychologists and psychological therapists with the specified service and to support psychological practice within the team through consultation, supervision, formulation and training
  • Utilise research skills for audit, service development and research within the area served by the team/service
  • Lead on agreed parts of the clinical and social care governance framework within the care group/service
  • Be responsible for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the specified service
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines
  • Supervise and support the psychological assessment and practice provided by other psychologists, psychological therapists and other clinical members of the service who provide psychologically based care and treatment and to provide clinical and professional leadership to appropriate clinical staff
  • Manage a complex caseload
  • Plan, organise and contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the team’s operational policies and services, through the deployment of professional skills in research, service evaluation and audit, and to advise both service and professional management on those aspects of the service where psychological and/or organisational matters need addressing
  • Carry out specialist psychological assessments of clients referred to the service, based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client’s care, in order to reach a psychological formulation of the client’s difficulties
  • Be responsible for holding and managing a clinical caseload and to exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the planning and prioritising of own workload and the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients, within the bounds of the service operational policy
  • Formulate and implement plans for evidence based psychological treatment and/or management of a client’s mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client’s problems
  • Be responsible for implementing a range of complex psychological interventions for individuals, carers, families and groups, within and across teams employed individually and in synthesis, adjusting and refining psychological formulations drawing upon different explanatory models and maintaining a number of provisional hypotheses
  • Provide specialist assessments of clients presenting with cognitive impairment due to a variety of causes or organic conditions, including pre-assessment counselling and neuropsychological and functional assessments, and to be able to adjust psychological interventions to work effectively with people presenting with complex needs due to cognitive impairment and organic disorders
  • Evaluate and make complex decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group

Requirements of the Principal Psychologist:

  • HCPC registered psychologist
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in applied psychology [or its equivalent for those trained before 1996 or outside the UK*] as approved by the HPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Willing to undertake an enhanced DBS check
  • Be up to date with both de-escalation, physical breakaway and PMVA techniques appropriate to the service environment
  • Understand the Trust’s key priorities and those of your care group and translate these into key priorities for your care group
  • Demonstrate the core principles of safeguarding and protection of Human Rights; treating people with dignity, fairness, equality, respect and autonomy
  • Masters degree (with the award of the British Psychological Society qualification in forensic psychology or equivalent)
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Significant assessed experience of working as a qualified psychologist
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, in-patient and residential care settings severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator and also within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by the HPC
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings
  • High level of knowledge and skills in neuropsychology and evidence of further practice and/or training since qualification
  • Experience of assessing and treating clients across the full range of care settings
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience of working together with service users to ensure that they are equal partners in service design, evaluation, research and training


This Principal Psychologist job is advertised by Sadiq Rahman; if you are interested in this position please click above to apply now.

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