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Principal Psychologist




Mildmay Oaks, Odiham Road, Winchfield,Hook, Hampshire RG27 8BS

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


Up to £65,000 DOE

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Job Advert Role Description

We are seeking a registered Principal Psychologist, with specialist interest in working with individuals with Autism. This is to complement our existing psychology and therapies department.


What we offer:

• An enthusiastic and highly patient focused team – constantly striving be the best

• Good rated CQC hospital

• Being part of a network of psychologists working across Priory Healthcare Services

• Access to and support from the Professional Psychology Lead for the Healthcare division

• Training opportunities for professional and service development

• New exciting international opportunities working with MEDIAN

• Encouraged and supported to undertake research and publications

• A highly skilled multidisciplinary team to work alongside

Main duties include

Undertake the role of Principal Psychologist for a designated ward(s) and/or group of patients as agreed with the Head of Psychology. This includes assessment, formulation, intervention (group and/or one to one) and evaluation in line with the patient’s presentation and care pathway.

Assess patients using appropriate assessments and psychometric measures and interpret and report results accurately

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service’s

policies and procedures.

To co-ordinate delivery of psychological assessment and intervention from other psychology staff including qualified psychologists, trainee psychologists, assistant psychologists and students and where appropriate to act as a point of liaison between the inpatient psychology pathway and the community psychology pathway

To provide consultation and advice to professional staff from other disciplines on psychological assessment, therapy and techniques for working effectively with particular service users.

To work alongside senior clinical and managerial staff to improve and maintain the quality of the patient experience and to enable staff to engage in pro-active, therapeutic and meaningful ways with patients.

To provide Reflective Practice for Staff (as directed by the Head of Psychology)
To hold management, clinical and professional supervision responsibilities for junior psychology staff as directed by the Head of Psychology.

Undertake assessment reports (including risk assessment reports if required by the service) as specified in the psychological provision, under the co-ordination of the Head of Psychology.

Attend and contribute to CPA reviews and provide a psychological perspective regarding patient treatment, management and risk assessment, systemic interventions and staff support in order to aid multi-disciplinary decision-making and ward management

To communicate in a skilled and sensitive manner, information concerning the assessment,

formulation and treatment plans of clients under their care and to monitor and evaluate progress during the course of both uni- and multi-disciplinary care

To be responsible for all administrative tasks relating to casework including recording

contemporaneous notes in care notes, contributing to care plans and timetabling of service user activities, therapeutic correspondence, CPA records, etc. This should be in line with company policies and procedures.

Facilitate staff training in line with the agreed psychology provision as required.
Contribute to the development of evidence-based practices, strategies and policies as requested by the Head of Psychology.

Conduct research, service evaluation and audit as appropriate as guided by the Head of Psychology and Senior Management Team

To assist in the development of routine systems for the assessment and measurement of the quality of psychology provision.

To take a leading role in the ongoing development, co-ordination and governance of therapeutic activities and groups available to service users within the service, by working with other professional leads, peer support workers and service users

To ensure that there are efficient systems in place to effectively manage referrals, waiting lists, recording of clinical activity, performance reporting including Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) and other activity data as required

To exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team, including its coordination and evaluation.

Develop links with other academic and professional organisations. Offer input to universities and accommodating visitors as required by the Head of Psychology.

Develop own skills and experience as a psychologist. Attend supervision (clinical, management  and peer) and training as required. Complete developmental objectives set. Maintain record of supervision and development in accordance with HCPC CPD guidelines.

Take personal responsibility for ensuring the work practices and the environment meet the

requirements of the Health and Safety at Work legislation and report all deficits to management.

Read all the relevant policies in relation to the Mental Health Act, 1983 (as amended by the Mental Health Act, 2007).

Actively participate in maintaining physical, relational and procedural security to ensure the safety of all.

Complete all other tasks in line with the competence of a Registered Practitioner Psychologist as requested by the Head of Psychology

Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills are an important feature, as this role holder has to gain the trust and build confidence with patients, families and, carers while maintaining good working relationships with MDT members, external organizations and agencies.

You must participate in appropriate clinical supervision

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About us

From education to hospitals, care homes and secure facilities, the Priory Group of Companies offers individually tailored, multidisciplinary treatment programmes for those with complex educational needs or requiring acute, long-term and respite mental healthcare.

The integrated strength of each service provides a seamless transition for the individual as they progress between higher and lower dependency care and across services. This unique approach ensures that every individual has the opportunity to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life with the Priory Group.

As 85% of our services are publicly funded and delivered in partnership with commissioners, our teams work with commissioning bodies across the country to provide transparent pricing models and evidence-based care programmes.


All roles will be subject to a successful disclosure at an appropriate level from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), Access NI or Disclosure Scotland. We are an equal opportunities employer.

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