Arrow ImageAcute, PICU and Rapid Response

Clinical Lead / Principal Psychologist – Private Therapy Clinic

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Psychology
  • Location: Northampton
  • Salary: £59,325 - £68,000 dependent on experience

Apply for Clinical Lead / Principal Psychologist – Private Therapy Clinic

Simply click the button below to apply for this position.



Hours: 5 days / 37.5 hours per week although part time 4 days / 30 hours may be considered

We are open to an informal discussion around flexible / hybrid working

You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare

We are St Andrew's. We are a mental health Charity and our purpose is to inspire hope for those living with complex mental health needs.  With our current Clinical lead relocating, we have an exciting opportunity for an individual to join our outpatient therapy service. 

This service is part of our Community Partnerships Division who had their CQC rating as good.

We are seeking a Principal Psychologist who can support us with expanding and leading the development of our Clinic and private therapy services.   We are based in in Northampton where the majority of sessions take place however we have a growing on-line clinic and ambitions to further expand the services we offer during 2024.  Apart from expanding our existing therapy provision, we are also planning to offer a DBT community service in this financial year.

The successful candidate will join our existing team of passionate permanent and associate clinicians and lead on the delivery of a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to private and healthcare funded clients.  The successful candidate will therefore join the team equipped with extensive experience in providing and supervising a range of NICE approved psychotherapy interventions such as CBT, Cognitive Analytical Therapy, EMDR, DBT and Schema Therapy along with assessment skills in psychometric tools.  Extensive experience in running and delivering DBT-based interventions is desirable but we are able to provide training and ongoing support through the existing expertise within the Charity.

You will form part of the wider Community Partnerships senior leadership team and have access to other senior clinicians working in our other services as well as those working within the wider Charity for peer support as well as a robust CPD programme. 

The Role

This role will suit an experienced Qualified Psychologist who is ready to progress or someone already at Principal Level and would thrive in a role that combines both clinical and managerial responsibilities and development opportunities.  This is a leadership role in which the applicant will be required to draw upon their clinical experience in direct patient work and in developing and managing the service.

The Postholder’s leadership responsibility will relate to the smooth running of the clinic with regards to clinical governance.  This includes responding to and triaging referrals, monitoring and reporting on treatment outcomes and providing clinical supervision to colleagues within the service.

The post holder will report to the Consultant Psychiatrist and receive clinical supervision and mentoring from the Associate Director of Psychology.  Our Private Therapy Service is one of several services within the Outpatients division and the post holder will therefore be part of a friendly and supportive wider clinical team. They will also be able to take advantage of the extensive CPD opportunities that St Andrew’s offers.

About You

In order to be eligible, you will need to be registered with HCPC and have experience leading effective therapeutic teams.  You may be required to travel within the UK as part of your role and hence a full UK driver’s license is desirable. 

You will be professionally qualified Psychologist and have extensive experience in leading and developing community services as well as having experience of managing people, particularly multi-disciplinary teams.

You will play a central role in leading on the quality aspects of our service delivery and will therefore be able to demonstrate experience of leading and developing a Multi-Disciplinary Team through training and supervision in a hybrid working environment. 

Your skills in managing risk concerns in a patient-centred and effective manner will be key in ensuring the service prioritises the safety of its service users.  You will be equally confident in your ability to gather, interpret and analyse data to ensure treatment is being delivered effectively to both on an individual and service development level.

We have ambitious plan for our therapy services including introducing a new DBT service in late 2024 and you will have the opportunity to directly shape future service delivery and hence be confident in liaising with both internal and external stakeholders both individually and in public forums to ensure responsiveness.


If this sounds like you then we’d love you to apply here.  If you would like an informal and confidential discussion about this role please contact James Farrelly on 07827856634 or

Interview: TBC but early applications are encouraged as interviews will take place when suitable people have been identified.