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Kent House - Kent House hospital and school,Crockenhill Road,St Mary Cray,Orpington, Kent BR5 4EP

Priory Group Division


Vacancy Type

Permanent - Full Time


£65,000 - £75,000 Depending on Experience



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Knowing that you’re making a difference to people’s lives is rewarding in itself. But our many roles offer much more than that. As well as helping you grow and develop your talent, we want you to feel proud of where you work and what you do.

We're looking for a psychologist to join the team at our Kent House Hospital. Kent House is a 17-bedded Tier 4 low secure hospital for young people aged 12 – 18 years with mental health, behavioural or psychological difficulties, and an OFSTED-registered school which supports the young people with educational attainment. The service is set in a rural environment with close links and transport to the local community and amenities.

We provide care for the young people admitted to Kent House Hospital in the least restrictive way and we adhere to the values and principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS). We are members of the Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS to measure and improve the quality of our care and treatment.

The purpose of this role is to contribute to the provision and development of the psychology service within the hospital/unit. To provide psychological input in line with the agreed service provision, and the identified risks and needs of the patients.

Role responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • 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

What we need from you:

  • A confident grasp of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and at least two other therapeutic modalities 
  • An understanding and application of therapy principles with a willingness to train in therapies if not already received.
  • Experience of working in areas of Complex Clients.  Also in delivering high-level interventions for those complex service users.
  • Training in Clinical Supervision
  • Leadership and management experience.

What we’d like to give you:

  • A competitive salary
  • Enhanced disclosure cost coverage
  • Comprehensive induction and commitment to ongoing training
  • Enhanced Maternity pay inline with NHS.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Birthday Holiday  - Your Birthday as an extra days annual leave
  • Online benefits and cashback rewards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • SMART Pension option

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About us

As one of the UK’s leading providers of behavioural care and specialist support services to adults and young people, Priory Group promise a challenging and fulfilling career with the support of a world class organisation willing to invest in your development. 

Across our network of hospitals, residential care homes, education facilities and supported living services, we are making a real and lasting difference to the lives of the people we support.


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. Priory Group will cover the cost of a DBS check.

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