Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
2 Jun 2023
Clinical /Counselling Psychologist

This is an exciting opportunity for a newly or recently qualified Clinical or Counselling Psychologist, who is keen to take on the challenges of working in a diverse borough with complex presentations.

Candidates should have an interest in working with people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and high comorbidity, with clients from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

The post holder will be expected to work alongside other Psychologists, including a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who will also provide supervision.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary team operating out of our community office based in Stepney & Wapping with an equal focus on providing input to the locality inpatient wards at Tower Hamlets Centre for Mental Health at Mile End Hospital.

The post holder will work alongside the teams 8a Psychologist providing assessment and empirically informed, but necessarily flexible, 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.

Due to significant changes to services currently taking place as part of the transformation programme in adult mental health, there are exciting opportunities to contribute to the design and delivery of new models of working in psychological therapies.

Working closely with psychologists from neighbouring localities, experts by experience and multi-disciplinary colleagues, the post-holder will have the opportunity to co-produce and facilitate cross-borough therapy groups that meet the needs of the local population. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the co-production and delivery of a new comprehensive trauma-informed staff-training programme.

About us

The post-holder will be offered a range of opportunities for accredited post-qualification therapy training. The role offers excellent opportunities for developing skills in leadership, service-development and co-production, and there are significant opportunities for career development within the trust. For further information or to arrange a site visit, please contact Dr Kalliopi Vounisea, Senior Counselling Psychologist, or Aderonke Debiyi, Operational Lead

It is recommended you apply for the post as soon as possible. We have the right to close adverts once we receive 50 applications. Off line or late applications will be not accepted.

We may share information you provide on the application form and as part of the recruitment process with NHS Protect and/or other organisations for the purpose of the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of fraud or any other unlawful activity affecting the NHS.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Your service area is part of the wider psychology and psychological therapy provision in Tower Hamlets, and you would be joining a community of psychologists and psychological therapists working across Inpatient, CMHT, EI, perinatal, art therapies, personalities disorder services, homelessness, learning difficulties, older adults, PTS, psychiatric liaison, community health, and community access service. The department aims to develop and deliver our services through co-production with people with lived experience and has an excellent relationship with the Local Recovery College. We meet regularly and support professional development in a range of ways.

We are seeking someone who values and enjoys multi-disciplinary team working, co-production, indirect psychological interventions, and who is able to work collaboratively across different agencies. We welcome innovations and a readiness to try out new ideas as part of our commitment to continuous improvement and the development of our staff.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalence (statement of equivalence (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)) and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist) Or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist)
  • HCPC registration
  • BPS accredited degree in psychology or equivalent


  • (Post one years qualification) Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees
  • Further training in a therapeutic modality relevant to severe and enduring mental health



  • Experience of work in the NHS
  • Work with at least three client groups.
  • Work within at least two therapeutic modalities.
  • Experience of working in a multidisciplinary mental health setting.
  • Experience of planning and exercising clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan


  • Placement experience within severe and enduring mental health provision.
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes.



  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Well developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems.
  • Doctoral-level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by BPS.
  • Ability to support and co-ordinate the work of psychology colleagues within the team/service.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult - to - treat groups (e.g. complex needs, self-harm, personality disorder psychosis, dual diagnosis, persons with additional disabilities etc).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies - preferably CBT and one other.

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