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Behavioural Specialist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pa pro-rata plus HCAS
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 7
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Behavioural Specialist or a newly qualified Clinical Psychologist to be part of a new initiative within NELFT to support adults with learning disabilities, their families, and/or carers. This is a unique opportunity to implement the mainstreaming agenda for people with learning disabilities. The post-holder will be based within mainstream inpatient wards to provide behavioural and psychological input for adults with learning disabilities who are in crisis, including those who are presenting with behavioural concerns. The post-holder will also liaise with community learning disabilities teams (CLDTS) within NELFT. The CLDT services are integrated with social care and health teams and aim to provide a well-co-ordinated service for adults with learning disabilities to achieve better outcomes for them.

This post would suit someone with a strong interest in multidisciplinary working and working with wider systems including family and carers. The post-holder will be part of a core MDT and be clinically supervised by a lead psychologist from the Community Learning Disability Team. Operational management will be provided by a lead from the mainstream inpatient setting.

Main duties of the job

The role will provide the opportunity to enhance and develop clinical skills in a supportive context together with opportunities for CPD, peer support, service development and research. There will be scope for creativity and development of the post in line with the teams' values of putting service users, carers and co-production at the centre of what we do and working in a trauma informed way.

The psychology department is friendly, supportive and innovative: You would have good access to CPD opportunities across the Trust. We actively support the development of leadership skills and aim to nurture our staff and support them in their development. Members of the wider psychology department have strong links to academic institutions and are engaged in research and teaching on a variety of training courses.

The boroughs covered by NELFT are very diverse and we would actively encourage applicants to apply who represent this diversity.

About us

COVID-19 Vaccination

We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff, and their families.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process, new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop-in sessions focusing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

High-Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436).

Job description

Job responsibilities

This job will require direct face to face working with service users on site. This post will involve travel between sites within the areas served by NELFT.

For more details see attached Job Description document.

Person Specification



  • Completed relevant qualification with professional registration with appropriate body


  • Experience of working with people in crisis

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

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Goodmayes Hospital

Barley Road



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