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Clinical Associate Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year per annum incl HCA
Closing date
14 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified Clinical Associate Psychologist (CAP), who is keen to take on the challenges of working in a diverse borough working with people in the Complex Emotional Needs pathway in Bow and Poplar. The post-holder will sit within the Neighbourhood Mental Health Team as part of the Psychology service.

Candidates should have an interest in working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The post-holder will work closely with other Psychologists, and supervision will be provided by a qualified Psychologist.

The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary team operating out of our community office based in Bow and Poplar. Alongside other Psychology staff the post-holder will provide assessment and empirically-informed therapy to service users. In collaboration with more senior staff, the successful candidate will contribute to staff training and provide psychological advice (informal, ad hoc , and formal consultation) to other staff, support family members and liaise with primary and secondary care providers and various other statutory and non-statutory agencies involved in service users' care.

The post-holder will be offered a range of opportunities for post-qualification training. The role offers excellent opportunities for developing skills in service-development and co-production.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with service users to develop a shared understanding of the complex issues the person is facing, how they cope and the impact this has on their mental, physical health and well-being and those around them (psychological assessment and formulation). Under supervision of qualified psychologists they will explore social, psychological, therapies and other potential options which may improve health outcomes and help them achieve agreed goals.

Service users seen by the post-holder will include those who have experienced high levels of distress and complex mental health difficulties. Service users may present with a high level of risk to both themselves and sometimes to other people. Assessments and interventions will be delivered in a range of settings, including community and clinical settings and in person, by telephone or digital platform.

The post-holder would be expected to work closely with experts-by-experience, local communities, Community and Voluntary and Social Enterprises, to co-produce and co-develop services. The post holder will primarily be involved in partnership working, liaising with various stakeholders in the system, e.g. GPs, primary and secondary care mental health services, colleges and universities, and the 3rd sector.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • An approved qualification in psychology conferring eligibility for graduate basis for registration with the British Psychological Society, (Class 2.2 or higher)
  • Completed BPS [British Psychological Society] accredited CAP apprenticeship training programme including EPA to IFA standards
  • Understand the range of behavioural change models, including health belief models, and interventions that promote mental health for the populations (e.g. Ecological Model Community Psychology).



  • Strong ability to engage with a variety of services and community partners and stakeholders, and to expand existing networks, and to nurture and maintain strong working relationships with stakeholders
  • Understand how to analyse and appraise key theoretical concepts of psychological models of treatment both at individual and group level recognised in evidence-based national guidelines
  • Communicate effectively, share information and check understanding using clear language and appropriate, written materials, making reasonable adjustments where appropriate in order to optimise people's understanding
  • Recognise and accommodate sensory impairments during all communications and the use of personal communication aids
  • Take account of how conflicting and sometimes contradictory information from carers and other healthcare professionals, in emotive and challenging situations and contexts, may impact on the outcome of assessment
  • Apply and review risk assessments and formulations when working with complex patients within scope of practice

Knowledge and Skills


  • To be able to assess and formulate someone's experiences drawing on a range of psychological models and theory
  • Understand the principles of clinical supervision using them to provide a safe and supportive environment to reflect, review and discuss personal and professional responses to work
  • Able to correctly handle confidential information and knowing how and when to share this information for appropriate professional purposes and only with appropriate individuals, and as necessary with appropriately gained consent
  • Maintain and implement knowledge of contemporary evidence-based practice through appropriate continued professional development
  • Understand and recognise professional duty to challenge and report discriminatory behaviour


  • Experience of working closely experts-byexperience, local communities, Community and Voluntary and Social Enterprises, to coproduce and co-develop services
  • Awareness of diversity of cultural norms across the borough, and being able to respond to this appropriately

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Bow and Poplar Neighbourhood Mental Health Team

51 Three Colts Lane


E2 6FW

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