Principal Psychologist DBT

£56,500 - £65,000 Depending on Experience
26 Apr 2022
11 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Full Time




Career Level C – Manager / Expert (NHS Band 7 / 8b)

SALARY: £56,500 - £65,000 dependent on experience


You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare

St Andrew’s is the UK’s largest mental health charity and a unique provider of specialist care in mental health and learning disability. We aspire to deliver truly world class, holistic services within our outstanding, modern facilities. Our independence means we can always put patients’ interests at the heart of decision making, while re-investing surpluses in frontline services.

Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.

As a result of changes within our services a post has arisen for a Principal Psychologist to work within the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy team for women with difficulties that benefit from this evidence based intervention. The successful applicant will be joining a well-established psychology department which offers professional support and a wide range of expertise. In addition, the DBT team includes nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists and social workers who deliver DBT as therapists.

We would like to recruit a Principal Forensic or Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in working with people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder delivering Dialectical Behaviour Therapy within an inpatient setting. We would encourage people to apply who are confident in their skills and who are looking to further develop to become an accredited DBT therapist with the Society for DBT (if not already).

You will need to be a HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist with demonstrated experience of working within an inpatient setting. You will also have a desire to apply your skills and expertise by providing clinical and risk assessments for our patients, collaboratively develop formulations, plan and sequence psychological interventions and consult with the wider clinical team to enable patients to progress to the least restrictive environments.

Psychology is highly valued within the service and is embedded within a multi-disciplinary approach. We are seeking keen team players who adopt a person-centred approach to care, and a recovery focus towards rehabilitation practices aiming to optimise each individual’s progress through treatment.

We will provide training and supervision including progress for accreditation in DBT.

You will be able to access excellent opportunities for continuing professional development including engagement with our academic centre and research teams; attendance at our weekly CPD events that are delivered by a range of internal and external experts in their field; and will join a large network of experienced clinicians working across our inpatient and community services.

St Andrew’s Healthcare has reviewed its approach to COVID vaccination and our procedure remains that for the safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff, all new starters joining the Charity will be required to provide evidence to our Occupational Health team that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Where there is a medical exemption this will need to be provided as part of the Occupational Health check. New starters to the Charity will not be able to commence work without evidence being provided. If you have any questions regarding the post, please contact Dr Victoria Taylor (Lead Consultant Psychologist) or James Farrelly (Senior Recruiter) on 01604 616624 or