Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £61,996 a year per annum Inc HCAs
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
The Tower Hamlets Perinatal Community Team is a specialist mental health team that supports women and birthing people in the perinatal period with moderate to severe mental health difficulties using a multi-disciplinary approach. As a specialist service, it takes on complex cases in secondary mental health services. The Perinatal Community Team has close links with the East London Mother and Baby Unit.

The successful post holder will be passionate about perinatal mental health, developing a specialist psychology service for perinatal service users and working inclusively to address health inequalities in our diverse borough. The post holder will supervise psychology colleagues, hold their own caseload and work closely with other leads and the multidisciplinary team.

If you are interested in applying for this role Parveen Bhatia, Operational Team Lead, 0208 121 5425

Main duties of the job

Be responsible for choosing and providing appropriate specialist psychological assessments.

Employ a broad theoretical knowledge base to analyse, interpret and compare complex information in order to develop a highly specialist understanding and to design specialised intervention programmes tailored to individual need.

Be responsible for direct delivery of a broad range of specialist psychological interventions and programmes which require the modification of plans and strategies as practice and experience demands.

Be responsible for providing and receiving highly complex, sensitive, distressing and emotional information in relation to mental health issues, where there are often barriers to acceptance

Spend sustained amounts of time with service users who may be aggressive and hostile, who may have poor communication skills and self care and special physical and/or mental health needs.

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



  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS OR appropriate Psychotherapy qualification OR CBT qualification Registration with the Health Professionals Council or other appropriate regulatory body. HCPC registration as a practitioner psychologist Additional relevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these) to an appropriate level approved by the Head of Psychology and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview.,


  • Supervision skills Leadership training Perinatal mental health Brief Interventions Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) Eye movement desensitsation and reprocessing (EMDR) Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Behavioural couples therapy (BCT) Complicated Grief Therapy (CGT) Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) Video feedback for positive parenting (VIPP) Circle of Security



  • Experience of working as a specialist clinical/counselling psychologist in a multidisciplinary team, with adult service users who have experienced moderate-severe mental health difficulties including in the perinatal period, such as psychosis, personality disorder, PTSD, OCD, severe depression and anxiety. Experience of working in the NHS for at least two years. Experience of providing a clinical service to a multicultural population. Experience of offering one to one psychological interventions and group work. Experience of supervising psychology colleagues.


  • Experience of line management. Experience of working within the principles of trauma informed care.

Knowledge and skills


  • Communication & Relationship skills: Able to provide & receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere, in a range of relationships and settings. Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance. Sensitive and respectful approach to the needs of people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, their families and carers. Ability to support and co-ordinate the work of psychology colleagues within the team/service. Cultural awareness and competence: Understanding and awareness of the potential impact of racism, discrimination & disadvantage on the mental health of Black and ethnic minority people. Able to provide a cultural competent service. Ability to reflect critically on one's own identity. Commitment to examining and challenging one's own biases and developing inclusive services and work places. Experience of working with interpreters. Analytical & judgemental skills: Able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations. Able to compare and select from a range of intervention options, (minimum of two therapeutic orientations) based on formulation. Able to provide brief therapeutic interventions. Awareness of government frameworks and guidelines relating to mental health, e.g. NHS Long Term Plan. Physical skills: Basic keyboard skills. Information resources: Able to record and report on as required clinical information. Competent in use of basic IT packages - word processing, e-mail and internet. Research: Active research interests. Record of published research. Technical skills in advanced computer packages and internet use. Flexibility: Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge.


  • Research: Active research interests. Record of published research. Technical skills in advanced computer packages and internet use. Flexibility: Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Perinatal Mental Health Team

Burdeet House, Mile end hospital.


E1 4DG

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