Psychological Therapist

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAS pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Part Time
The SLaM Staff Counselling and Wellbeing Service is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated psychological therapist who is committed to providing evidence based interventions for SLaM employees accessing the Staff Counselling and Wellbeing Service. We welcome applications from those who have interest and experience working within staff support.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an established and valued service provided by SLaM for SLaM staff.

The service aims to ensure that the Staff Counselling and Wellbeing service is not only helpful for all staff, but relevant and culturally cohesive. We believe that breaking down stigma around asking for help is vital in maintaining our wellbeing.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will work within the Staff Counselling and Wellbeing team to provide psychological assessment and evidence-based treatments for staff members experiencing depression and/or anxiety or other common mental health problems arising from, and impacting, their role within the Trust.

An understanding of work related stressors and the wider staff support offers across South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, along with a knowledge of Occupational Health, Employee Assistance and Employee Relations processes would be an advantage.

The post holder will be expected to work as an autonomous professional within registration body guidelines and codes of conduct, and guided by the policies and procedures of the service, taking responsibility for own work including treatment and discharge decisions with support of clinical supervisor.

About us

The Staff Counselling and Wellbeing Service is a highly-regarded, free, discreet and confidential service for all employees of South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. The service is provided by the trust for trust employees and does not use private providers.

The dynamic team consists of Counsellors, CBT therapists and a psychiatrist. We have recently developed a Post Incident Treatment Pathway in collaboration with the SLaM Staff Support Service.

The Staff Counselling and Wellbeing Service are a specialist team who hold knowledge, skills and expertise in supporting the wellbeing of staff working in all roles in SLaM.

The service is committed to reducing inequalities within the SLaM workforce and ensuring that psychological therapies provided are acceptable and accessible to the diverse communities that make up the Workforce Profile.

The post holder will work flexibly with a combination of working from home and spending time at both the Maudsley and Bethlem hospital sites.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification



  • Entry-level qualification in applied psychological therapy/mental health/social welfare profession or equivalent and demonstrable practice in this field (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level/supervised practice/additional training) that has been accepted for the purposes of professional registration. For Psychologists: . Entry-level qualification in Applied Psychology (professional Doctorate, or combination of MSc plus PG Diploma level additional training) that has been accepted by the HCPC for purposes of professional registration. For Psychotherapists: Entry-level qualification in Psychotherapy that has been accepted by the UKCP/BACP/BABCP for purposes of professional registration. ? Registered with professional body as appropriate to discipline HCPC/UKCP/BACP/BABCP


  • Qualification in, IPT (Interpersonal Psychotherapy), PCE-CfD (Person Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression), DIT (Dynamic Interpersonal Psychotherapy)., EMDR.



  • Experience of assessment and treatment of NHS staff with a range of psychological needs within a staff support environment or equivalent.
  • Significant post-qualification/graduation experience including experience of individual therapy with people with common mental health needs.
  • Experience of working with issues of risk and safety both physical and relational.
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary working.
  • Experience of working with, and addressing issues of, diversity, including experience of working within a multicultural framework.


  • Experience of working within staff support services.



  • Theoretical knowledge of psychopathology and the evidence base for the relevant treatment of NHS staff working within South London & Maudsley NHS Trust.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities.
  • Knowledge on how to deliver psychological/psychotherapeutic therapy across cultural and other differences
  • Knowledge of factors affecting acceptability and accessibility of mental health care. (
  • Knowledge of a range of therapeutic ideas/approaches and models in assessment and treatment relevant to discipline


  • Knowledge of Occupational Health, Employee Assistance and Employee Relations processes.



  • To communicate skilfully and sensitively complex and sensitive information with clients, carers and colleagues overcoming barriers to communication including sensory, and emotional difficulties, cultural differences and hostility to or rejection of information. (
  • To plan and schedule assessment and interventions for individual clients with consideration for the needs of staff working within SLAM.
  • Well-developed IT skills including entry and analysis of research data.
  • Consultation skills to work with the multi-professional team or other professional groups and sensitively managing, a number of people's needs simultaneously within the context of therapeutic work/consultation.
  • To select and administer specialist assessments, interpreting and integrating complex data that require analysis, interpretation and comparison, drawn from several sources.



  • Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles.
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • Ability to manage emotionally stressful situations such as working with victims of abuse or trauma, or with people who engage in severe self-harming or aggressive behaviour.

Employer details

Employer name

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


The Maudsley



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