Lead Psychologist

Join our Hospital of the Year Winner (2021) and CQC rated Outstanding Eating Disorders Inpatient Unit on a full time permanent basis as lead Psychologist.

The post holder will be expected to lead the current psychology team consisting of a CBT therapist, psychotherapist, art psychotherapist and assistant psychologists. The post holder will contribute to the on-going development of the service, and provide clinical expertise with collaboration to the multi-disciplinary team. The post holder will be responsible for providing specialist clinical psychology input to the unit, which will include individual assessment, formulation, intervention and supervision/consultation.  

 The post holder will pragmatically draw on a full range of clinical psychology theories to aid assessment and intervention approaches as relevant to this client group. The post holder will have the opportunity for clinical supervision and team reflection. They will also play an active role in research, audit and publications.

Principle Duties

Key Accountabilities


  • Carry an individual caseload, providing appropriate psychological assessment and evidence-based therapy
  • Manage this caseload including formulating, planning, risk assessment and evaluating interventions
  • Contribute to the delivery and management of the psychological groups programme including facilitation/supervision 
  • Assist in the development of the team’s psychological formulation and therapeutic skills
  • Support other members of the team, providing consultancy, clinical and management supervision and training as appropriate
  • Participate in a programme of continuing professional development and annual appraisal
  • To consult with colleagues in the multi-disciplinary team on psychological aspects of clients’ assessments and therapy plans
  • To attend MDT meetings and CPA reviews 
  • To attend and engage with team supervision and development activities
  • To participate in other meetings or committees as necessary
  • Involves and engages users of the service and others in discussions about service direction, improvements and the values on which they are based
  • Actively creates opportunities to enable everyone to learn from each other and from external good practice
  • Works with others to make sure there is a clear direction for values, strategies and policies and leads the way when interests are in conflic
  • Evaluates the quality of own and others’ work and raises quality issues and related risks with the appropriate people


  • Assist in the development of the team’s psychological formulation and therapeutic skills
  • Support other members of the team, providing consultancy, supervision and training as appropriat
  • To contribute to the training and supervision of Assistant Psychologists, and other members of the MDT
  • To provide teaching and training sessions on psychological assessment, formulation and intervention and other key psychological theories and models to colleague groups and teams
  • Liaise with community services, social care and other agencies as necessary


  • Maintain registration with the HCPC
  • Participate in appraisal and mandatory training
  • Engage in continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Remain up to date with current knowledge and practice
  • Act at all times within the regulations and recommendations of the HCPC
  • Operate within boundaries of own professional competence
  • Maintain professional boundaries
  • Be familiar with Schoen Clinic Newbridge  policies and procedures
  • Be familiar with the individual and group treatment programme at Schoen Clinic Newbridge
  • Ensure good communication with patients and families
  • Report any untoward incidents in line with Schoen Clinic, Newbridge  policy and procedures
  • Obtain regular clinical supervision from an accredited supervisor 


  • To record client contacts and assessments according to relevant policies, using computerised system
  • To keep other notes and records as may be necessary to clinical psychology professional practice, using paper and/or computer systems
  • To provide written reports on psychological assessments, formulation, therapeutic progress and outcomes for colleagues and referrers

Schoen Clinic Newbridge is regulated by the Care Quality Commission and has achieved a rating of outstanding during its past two inspections in 2016 and 2018.

It is one of a very small number of services rated as outstanding. Only 2.7% of mental health services inspected by the CQC achieved this.

Our work has been recognised with the following awards and accolades:

  • 2022 - HealthInvestor Private Hospital Group of the Year - Finalist.
  • 2021 - LaingBuisson Hospital Of the Year - WINNER.
  • 2021 - LaingBuisson Nursing Practice - Finalist.
  • 2020 - LaingBuisson Hospital Group of The Year - Winner.
  • 2020 - HealthInvestor Private Hospital Group of the Year - Finalist.
  • 2019 - HealthInvestor Private Hospital Group of the Year - Finalist.
  • 2019 - LaingBuisson Hospital Group of the Year - Finalist.
  • 2018 - Rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
  • 2016 - Rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).



Schoen Clinic Newbridge Birmingham

Job Type

Permanent (Full or Part Time)




up to £65,000

Closing Date

01 December 2023


• Salary up to £65,000 with an annual salary review • 25 days holiday + 8 bank holidays • Professional development opportunities • Contributory pension scheme • Enhanced Private Medical Insurance with BUPA including access to a private GP service, free screening & the inclusion of pre-existing conditions. • Eye care scheme with Specsavers • Online benefits portal with high street and online shopping discounts • Cycle to work scheme • Group Life Assurance • Enhanced maternity & paternity pay • Paid emergency leave • Occupational Sick Pay above SSP • Interest free season ticket loans • Employee Assistance Programme with wellbeing support


Educational Qualifications


  • Maintain eligibility for the register of Chartered Psychologists
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology
  • HCPC registration as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist
  • Supervisor certificate/qualification


  • Post qualification experience in a setting relevant to the post
  • Clinical management certificate/qualification

Specific Training, Skills & Knowledge


  • Practical knowledge of using a full range of psychological theory models to inform clinical work and consultation
  • Understanding of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including developmental and attachment trauma
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems including risk to self
  • Excellent skills in psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and evaluation
  • Exceptional communication skills in verbal, non-verbal and written modes including report writing
  • Ability to empathise and develop good therapeutic alliance with service-users with complex difficulties 
  • Demonstrates the ability to develop positive working alliances with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Capacity to conduct psychometric assessments and supervise psychometric reports
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis


  • Additional training in specific psychological models (e.g. CRT, CFT, CBT, CBT-E, ACT, DBT)
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to anorexia and mental health
  • Knowledge of NICE guidelines for the treatment of eating disorders
  • Knowledge of safeguarding principles and practice



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment, group and individual therapy with complex presentations   
  • Experience working within an MDT
  • Experience of delivering supervision
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Experience of delivering and supervising psychometric and cognitive tests 


  • Experience of teaching, training and consultation 
  • Experience of running team formulation/reflection meetings
  • Experience of service development
  • Experience of working with autism
  • Experience of working in an inpatient setting
  • Experience of working with eating disorders


  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritise and schedule work independently
  • Highly organised, detail-oriented and analytical
  • Maintains a professional conduct at all times, remaining calm and in control
  • Able to adapt to an ever-changing environment and reacting quickly to meet challenges
  • Committed to work as part of a team