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Psychologist/Psychological Therapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Greater London
£50,952 to £57,349 a year Salary inclusive of Outer London HCAS rate
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Acute Inpatient & Home Treatment Team Psychology Services

This post would be suitable for Band 7 applicants on a Band 8a development contract

We are looking for enthusiastic clinical/counselling psychologists or registered psychological therapists (with accredited qualifications in CBT/DBT/systemic or psychodynamic therapy who also have a core registered profession nursing, social work)

The successful applicant would join our well respected and exciting Acute Psychology Service. The team are at the forefront of national developments in inpatient and acute working. We are actively involved in research and keen to recruit people who share that vision of contributing to best practice, national guidelines and an evidence base. For example, a number of our team were recently involved in contributing to the psychological services for acute adult mental health BPS/ACP-UK guidelines.

We have an in-house CPD package for all staff and receive yearly funding from Higher Education England for our staff to undertake training in models such as Systemic Family Therapy, EMDR, FIp and CBT for psychosis.

Main duties of the job

All of our roles will involve creative and thoughtful input including offering consultation, assessment and evidence-based interventions for clients presenting with a range of issues. This work will include individual, group, and family work. The posts would suit someone who has a strong interest in working with crisis interventions as part of a multidisciplinary team in an inpatient or home treatment setting.

We are keen to recruit the right people who share our passion for working with people in crisis. We offer excellent development opportunities including high quality and regular supervision, working groups to engage our team in current issues faced by psychology, and service improvement projects.

We also support the development of leadership skills and aim to nurture our staff and support them to become confident supervisors, devise and implement training, and conduct research. Several members of the department are engaged in teaching with local DClinPsy courses and many are also involved in research and developing national best practice guidelines.

Diverse & Inclusive Culture

Our award winning EDI team work hard to support our staff. We pride ourselves on having a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve, and inclusive initiatives and processes in place

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

These jobs may require direct working with patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. The applicant should be able to work with such patients in line with the Trust's PPE and social distancing guidelines.

Additional hours may also be available in adult services within the trust.

Applicants should have:
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling Psychology and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) OR accredited psychotherapy qualification in CBT/DBT/systemic or psychodynamic therapy and registration with an appropriate professional body
  • Experience of working in an evidence-based way with clients presenting with severe mental health difficulties, people in crisis and their families and carers.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary service context.

Although this post is advertised as an 8a we would be happy to discuss appointing the right candidate who does not meet all essential 8a criteria on a Band 7 Development Post. For non-psychologist applicants, job plans would be tailored based upon each individual's specific skills and experience.

More detail can be found in the attached job description.

Person Specification

Professional Registration


  • HCPC registration or equivalent registration with appropriate professional body (e.g. BABCP/UKCP/AFT)



  • Doctoral qualification in psychology (clinical or counselling psychology) accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) OR accredited psychotherapy qualification in CBT/DBT/systemic or psychodynamic therapy AND core professional registration (social work, nursing)


  • Additional qualifications



  • Experience of working in multidisciplinary teams


  • Experience in crisis settings / wards/ htt

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.

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


Main base Goodmayes Hospital (Ilford)

Barley Lane

Greater London


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