Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Jul 2023

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Highly Specialist CAMHS Clinical Psychologist, Dunstable, Beds

Band 8A / Preceptorship Band 7, full or part time

We are looking for a creative, forward thinking and motivated Clinical Psychologist to join our friendly and professional multi-disciplinary team based in Dunstable. The position is funded to Band 8A but also available for less experienced psychologists on a preceptorship basis, paid at Band 7 until two years post qualified. Support and funding for training will be provided to a Band 7 to enable the move to Band 8A at that time.

This position is based in the Dunstable CAMHS Emotional and Behaviour Team, part of a broader South Bedfordshire CAMHS service offering a community mental health service to a fast growing, vibrant and diverse community across the south of the county. In addition to the three Clinical Psychologists, the Emotional and Behaviour Team currently includes therapists from a range of backgrounds including systemic psychotherapy, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, nursing, art psychotherapy, CBT therapy, and counselling.

The team works alongside other teams which offer specialist support, for example for clients in crisis, or those with eating disorders or learning disabilities. We also work closely with our growing local community teams which have staff working in schools, GP practices and Early Help teams.

Main duties of the job

Within the core team, the post-holder will be offering assessment and treatment to young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties, involving parent/carers, schools and other agencies as appropriate.

The post-holder will require a high degree of professional autonomy and self-management, and the ability to work well in a team. If Band 8A, you will be clinically supervising other staff and offering line management support to other members of the team as needed. You will also offer training and consultation to staff and other professionals and have the opportunity to work on service development and Quality Improvement projects.

You will be supported by regular separate clinical and management supervision sessions, access to a variety of CPD sessions, and annual performance appraisals.

You will also participate in weekly clinical discussions with the teams, monthly complex case discussions and a bimonthly reflective space. Our team are very keen to support trainees including psychotherapy, art psychotherapy, and nursing trainees in addition to up to 3 clinical psychology doctorate trainees.

We are also passionate about service user participation with opportunities to get involved in groups and encouragement to work with service users.

About us

The team leader is committed to staff development and in recent years a number of staff in the team have benefitted from promotion within the trust.

There are regular opportunities for staff to apply for appropriate training courses - recent training has including CBT, EMDR, NVR, DDP and DBT. There are also frequent new developments in the service, offering staff the chance to apply for secondments at a higher banding.

As part of the East London Foundation Trust (ELFT), there are a significant number of positions in the trust for clinicians up to Band 8D, opening up paths for promotion for ambitious members of staff. ELFT also prioritizes staff wellbeing and we have introduced a range of staff wellbeing initiatives to support this.

This post is based close to the M1 and easily reached by car from North London, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. The clinic also has the added benefit of free parking and support from very dedicated and efficient administrative staff.Most of the work will be based in the clinic when not remote working, but access to a car is helpful. The Trust has an arrangement for 50% discount on season ticket fares with Thameslink, the rail provider, for its staff. A generous relocation package is also available if you need to move to access this job.

We would be happy to consider applications from psychologists looking for flexible hours.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of the job, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

For contact details please see below.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Minimum: First degree in Psychology (BSc).
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications



  • Band 8A only: Work as a qualified psychologist for a minimum of two years including relevant experience working with children and adolescents.
  • Experience of providing care coordination
  • Experience of providing a direct clinical service, including specialist assessment, psychological formulation of problems and intervention (minimum 500 hours supervised practice), offering interventions in an individual, family-based and group-based format.
  • Relevant experience with young people and their families/ carers and wider professional network with severe and complex adolescent mental health difficulties
  • Experience of participating in Quality Improvement, audit, evaluation and research activities.
  • 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).


  • Work in a multi-cultural setting
  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes and/or supervision of other staff groups.
  • Experience of contributing to policy and service development

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


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