Clinical/Counselling Senior Psychologist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Chadwell Heath
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa pro rata (plus HCAS)
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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We are seeking a Band 8a Clinical & Counselling Psychologist to join our busy and dynamic outpatient EWMHS (previously CAMHS) team in Redbridge permanently. We have a growing and supportive therapy team and we are looking for a psychologist who is passionate about young people's mental health and well being to join us in the delivery of high quality and effective CAMHS interventions.

We have a growing and supportive psychology team, and we are looking for a psychologist who is passionate about young people's mental health and wellbeing to join us in the delivery of high quality and effective CAMHS interventions.

This role requires a post-graduate qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist fully registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g., HCPC) and have experience in delivering Psychological Therapies in a CAMHS setting.

Main duties of the job

This role requires a post-graduate qualification in clinical/counselling psychology and you must be registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g. HCPC, AFT , UKCP) and have experience in delivering Psychological Therapies in a community mental health setting.

The post holder will provide clinical leadership, supervision and consultation to junior psychology /therapy colleagues, assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists.

This post involves assessing and treating children and young people who present with moderate to severe mental health difficulties in a community CAMHS setting. The successful candidate will primarily work within the Emotional Difficulties pathway, seeing children and young people presenting with a range of difficulties including (but not limited to), anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, self-harm, and emotion regulation difficulties. There is also scope for working across the pathways in our service (Brief Intervention, Neurodevelopmental and Conduct), depending on experience.

About us

COVID-19 VaccinationWe 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 PeriodThis 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 NELFTNELFT 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 in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.High Cost Area Supplement LondonThis 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 per annum pro rata).

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will support both their peers and team lead and be an effective team member whilst using their own initiative. They will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health and social care professionals and agencies as we embed a psychologically informed model of practice within the service.

The post holder will receive regular clinical supervision from the lead psychologist and will be expected to attend and participate in MDT team meetings, of cases on their caseload. They will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health and social care professionals and partnership agencies as we promote trauma informed and culturally informed practices within the service.

We hold the development of people within our department as crucial to delivering key targets for the service and the Trust. Our team has excellent links with Doctorate in Clinical Psychology training courses (Institute of Psychiatry, University College London and University of Essex) and the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology training course at City University. We offer clinical placements to Trainee Clinical Psychologists. Furthermore, our team consists of trained Childrens Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) and our team has existing links with CWP training courses for supervisor training.

Our service is committed to professional development. We persistently encourage our clinicians to broaden their skills. Recent CPD organised for our team members include: DBT skills, TF-CBT, ADOS-2, and ACAMH conferences. Our team also has strong links with the Trust Research and Development department. We are always looking for opportunities to become involved in research. We recently took part in a pragmatic randomised controlled trial delivering Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Complex PTSD. Clinical research and audit, teaching and specialist interests are actively encouraged as part of continuous professional development (e.g. training in specialist psychological interventions). We have regular therapist meetings where we meet to discuss new research and innovations and consider how we can implement these in our service. This role is suited to a candidate who is keen on service development, as well as managing a clinical caseload.

Redbridge EWMHS/CAMHS is an exciting place to work, where change and creativity are welcomed. Staff wellbeing is paramount to our team, and we aim to prioritise this within the workplace. We take pride in being welcoming and positive, with childrens wellbeing centred at the heart of our practice. We have a wellbeing Ambassador within the team that promotes our participation in wellbeing activities.

We have safe easy access to free on-site parking, good train and bus links and access via Crossrail when completed.

Values in their day-to-day work. These are the 5Ps:
  • Putting people first
  • Prioritising quality
  • Being progressive, innovative, and continually improve
  • Being professional and honest
  • Promoting what is possible independence, opportunity, and choice

Please note: Due to the current impact of Covid-19 interviews will be held virtually unless otherwise notified.

Please refer to attached Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification



  • To have completed a doctorate in psychology or equivalent experience in field specified in JD
  • Successful completion of a post-graduate training in psychological practice (e.g. psychologist, family therapist, child and adolescent psychotherapist)


  • Experience of EWMHS



  • Extensive experience of working with children/young people requiring skilled and complex interventions
  • Extensive experience of working with children and adolescents with co-morbid difficulties and special needs. (i.e. combination of organic and emotional deficits, such as autistic spectrum disorders and trauma).
  • Experience of providing specialist neurodevelopmental assessments (ie ADOS, 3Di, cognitive assessments)


  • Experience of teaching or training teams and junior members of staff



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Specialist skill in the ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside EWMHS
  • Ability to use multiple systems (Rio, Systemone, JADE)

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


The Grove

Grove Road

Chadwell Heath


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