Older Adults Clinical Psychologist

Job Title: Older Adults Clinical Psychologist
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Romford
Salary: £60,000 per annum (Band 8a equivalent)
Job Published: September 13, 2018 11:18

Job Description

Location: Suttons Manor, London Road, Stapleford Tawney, Romford, Essex, RM4 1BF

Priory Group Division Healthcare

Vacancy Type: Permanent - Full Time

Salary: £60,000 per annum (Band 8a equivalent)

Hours 37.5 hrs p/wk

Ready for the recognition and rewards you deserve?

We don’t just talk about putting employees first. We know that Priory wouldn’t exist without their combined energy, expertise and effort.  So we invest heavily in training, provide first-class support, promote collaborative teamwork and give everyone on our team the opportunities and resources to achieve their full potential.

Suttons Manor is a specialist low secure forensic service for men who are over the age of 50. Care is provided over two wards, both of which are 13 bedded male units and offer an age appropriate environment for those who also have a mental health/personality disorder and/or dementia, in need of physical health care needs.

The hospital is set in its own attractive grounds of over 9 acres near the town of Romford in Essex. Convenient access is provided by the M25, and the nearby underground station at Theydon Bois, which is on the Central Line, or rail station at Romford.

We want to hear from you if you are a dedicated, flexible, forward thinking Clinical Psychologist, with clinical skills and experience in working with older people with complex mental health difficulties, including dementias.

Your role will include a mixture of a direct clinical work, groups, consultation, supervision, training and evaluation, to ensure the team has the widest possible impact. We will want you to provide a specialist clinical psychology assessment of individuals, carers and families referred to Suttons Manor, using and interpreting complex psychological data from a variety of sources. This will include neuropsychological assessment and formulation.

You will also provide formulation and implementation of formal psychological treatment and/or management plans. You will also be responsible for supporting and developing team formulation and the implementation of a range of psychological interventions for service users, and, where appropriate, carers and families. We value your professional development and will support you with furthering your training requirements wherever possible

Main Purpose:

Identifies, develops and delivers evidence-based psychological interventions, in order to promote and develop recovery and the achievement of life goals for the client; liaising with all stakeholders, including family and carers where appropriate.

Key Accountabilities

  • Receives and responds promptly to referrals undertaking assessments to determine and plan an effective therapy programme for assigned clients using appropriate and relevant treatments, activities and interventions.
  • Facilitates individual and group therapy sessions in accordance with the identified care plan and responsive to the learning style and specific complexities of the older-adult population, and are consistent with the provisions detailed in the client’s therapy plan.
  • Manages the identified caseload in a transparent manner, within agreed timescales, meeting deadlines and ensuring regular interaction and communication with clients, professional colleagues and clinical staff.
  • Forming a key part of the MDT
  • Maintains accurate and up-to-date records, assessments and professional reports, using the singular electronic patient record. Presenting and sharing relevant information and knowledge with professional and clinical colleagues at regular MDT meetings.
  • Leads and co-ordinates professional and clinical colleagues, providing psychotherapeutic advice and guidance by providing a psychological perspective and advice on all aspects of patient care on site, and also on a systemic level.
  • Assists with the analysis of statistical data and information for research and audit purposes.
  • Clinical Supervision of the psychology team
  • Provide psychological training to clinical staff when required
  • Managerial responsibilities for the delivery of psychology across the hospital


  • Maintains an active CPD portfolio in line with the Professional requirements.
  • Identifies, evaluates and implements new and improved methods, techniques and interventions based upon best practice and evidence based research. The interventions used and developed will be specific to the older adult population, and account for their individual and complex needs.
  • The role holder is a valued member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and as such will provide a psychological perspective to proposed systemic developments across the ward and site.


  • Ensures the psychology service provided offers good value for money and supports the overall aims of the site.

Knowledge & Skills

  • The role holder will be a Registered Practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council.
  • Preferably, the post holder will also be a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
  • The post holder should have experience of designing, delivering and reporting on evidenced-based psychological interventions for patients.
  • The post holder should have the knowledge and skills to be able to deliver psychological interventions with patients within a secure setting.

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.