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Research Clinical Psychologist

London (Greater) (GB)
£51,974 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance, (£25,987 pro-rata for 0.5FTE)
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

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Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

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We are seeking a qualified Clinical Psychologist with strong interests in youth mental health research and practice development to work across several projects under the direction of Dr Daniel Michelson. The focus of the post will be on supporting the development and evaluation of innovative psychosocial interventions for adolescents and young adults, with a particular emphasis on brief, scalable formats that can be delivered by non-specialists through ‘task-sharing’ approaches.

The post-holder will be based in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, joining Europe’s largest grouping of youth-focused mental health scientists, clinical academics and researchers at the newly established Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People.

The main part of the job plan (approx. 0.3 FTE) will focus on an NIHR Public Health Research-funded programme (‘HOPEFUL’) which is jointly led by Dr Michelson and Dr Clio Berry (Brighton and Sussex Medical School). Other project partners include Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, and the University of Kent. HOPEFUL will undertake a feasibility study and multi-site randomised controlled trial of a hope-focused intervention for young women who are not in education, employment or training, with a geographic focus on deprived coastal regions in southern and eastern England. The Research Clinical Psychologist will work closely with the HOPEFUL team, including academics, clinicians and PPI experts, to refine a practice manual, training curricula and supervisory tools for the hope-focused preventive intervention. The post-holder will also be involved in the supervision and training of youth mentors, who will guide the participating young women through the intervention process. The post-holder may also be involved in the direct implementation of the intervention during the feasibility study.

The balance of the job plan (approx. 0.2 FTE) will concentrate on (i) co-designing and evaluating a suite of single-session interventions for adolescents on CAMHS waitlists in South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust; and (ii) developing task-sharing models of youth mental health care in and around Brighton, in collaboration with local commissioners, third-sector partners and academics at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

We are looking for a clinically qualified psychologist with research experience in a relevant area (e.g., gained as a research assistant/associate/fellow or during doctoral training). We are also willing to consider current third-year clinical psychology trainees who will be completing their training at the end of the 2023/24 academic year.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent organisational skills, meticulous attention to detail and outstanding communication abilities. These attributes will be critical for coordinating complex time-sensitive tasks across multiple projects and institutions. For those seeking to pursue a future clinical academic career, an appropriate professional development plan will be provided (e.g., mentoring and other support for developing a competitive fellowship application).

Candidates should submit their application along with a CV and cover letter detailing how they meet each of the job criteria, together with a concise description of their research interests and career goals.

NB: The suggested split of FTE is merely indicative, and the post-holder will be expected to manage their time flexibly across these projects and potentially other studies. We are happy to consider requests for individualised working patterns such as hybrid working, compressed hours or flexitime. We will also consider prospective secondments from current NHS employees, subject to agreement from the substantive employer and feasible time scales.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Dr Daniel Michelson (

Interviews will be held in w/c 1st July 2024 with an intended start date in August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

This post will be offered on a part-time (50%FTE) fixed term contract until 31st March 2026.

This is a re-advertisement and previous applicants need not apply.

Key responsibilities

  • Drafting high-quality intervention materials (manuals, handouts, training curricula, supervision protocols) that build on evidence-based source materials and lived experience/end user insights from advisory and co-design groups  
  • Drafting research/service evaluation protocols and associated governance applications  
  • Drafting reports for funders, sponsors, and other research stakeholders  
  • Delivering training and supervision for a youth mentor-supported psychosocial intervention (HOPEFUL project) as per protocols for a feasibility study and randomised controlled trial 
  • Piloting novel psychosocial interventions directly with young people to gain preliminary evidence of feasibility and acceptability    
  • Contributing to the supervision of postgraduate students and junior staff (e.g., assistant psychologists)  
  • Contributing to peer-reviewed research papers and public engagement materials, including lay summaries  
  • Identifying and communicating areas of difficulty, and helping to formulate solutions in conjunction with the wider project teams 
  • Maintaining up-to-date file repositories and other systems to support effective collaboration between the principal investigator, co-investigators, project staff and wider collaborators
  • Working according to Good Clinical Practice, and attending relevant training to strengthen compliance  
  • Ensuring data confidentiality by working within the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and other regulatory bodies, and attending relevant training to strengthen compliance 
  • Attending such meetings as necessary for satisfactory completion of the duties of the post, including regular in-person meetings at the IoPPN and periodic off-site meetings, including travel to collaborating sites in southern and eastern England 

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post-holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience 

Essential criteria  

1.     Doctoral qualification in clinical psychology with active HCPC registration as a Practitioner (Clinical) Psychologist (or expected to receive this within 3 months of appointment) 

2.     Experience in applied mental health research, gained as a salaried research assistant/associate/fellow and/or during doctoral training

3.     Experience of providing evidence-based psychological interventions for young people aged 12-24 years, gained as a trainee and/or qualified clinical psychologist 

4.     Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare research outputs with meticulous attention to detail

5.     Excellent team-working skills, with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and independently as needed

6.     Excellent organisational skills, with demonstrated ability to meet deadlines while managing multiple competing demands 

Desirable criteria

1.     Experience as a developer, trainer and/or supervisor of evidence-based psychological interventions 

2.     Experience of lived experience involvement in mental health research and service development 

3      Experience of NHS quality improvement and service evaluation 

4.     A track record of peer-reviewed publications 

5.     Commitment to pursuing a clinical academic career 

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearances.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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