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Principal Clinical Psychologist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pa pro rata (plus 15% HCAS)
Closing date
2 Oct 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
Are you passionate about working with marginalised and disadvantaged groups? Do you have a special interest in working with service users with learning disability and autism, their families and wider systems?

We are setting up an intensive support team for people with Learning disability and Autism and looking for experienced psychologists to join a dynamic Multi-Disciplinary team.

The intensive support team will contribute to the crisis management and care of those with learning disabilities/Autism and/or additional complex needs via a person centred care approach, with the aim of preventing hospital admission. Jointly working with the Community Learning Disability teams (CDLT), the IST will identify and respond to more severe and complex presentations, often resulting in people being unable to continue to live at home.

The post holder will work under the guidance and leadership of the Deputy Director of psychological therapists for the trust.

There will be scope for creativity and contributing directly to the development of the newly established IST service in line with the Crisis psychology teams' values of putting service users, carers and co-production at the centre of what we do and working in a trauma informed way.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide operational and clinical supervision for the psychological professionals working in the IST, as well as supporting the implementation of good practice guidelines. They will also be required to lead and contribute to service development and evaluation.

The post will involve both direct and indirect clinical work with service users, families and wider systems and will include providing specialist assessment, intervention and consultation to individuals and teams. Specifically, the post holder will carry a case load, as well as providing consultation and support to teams with complex cases.

The post-holder will be required to undertake operational tasks to support service delivery and will represent the crisis psychology service at directorate level and in relevant trust-wide forums.

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

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification when completing your application. Please ensure you meet the person specifications and have the relevant qualifications required for the role.

The post will suit someone with experience of providing supervision, a strong interest in multi-disciplinary workingand working with service users who present with complexity and significant levels of risk as well as the wider system and families.

Please note that this post is based in Goodmayes Hospital in Ilford. There will be some travelling involved between sites and to service users homes.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate qualification in Clinical or Counselling psychology



  • HCPC registration



  • A thorough knowledge of evidence based clinical practice and a commitment to keeping abreast of new evidence based practice developments in psychology
  • Experience of working with high levels of risk, learning disabilities, autism and severe mental health difficulties and with behaviours that challenge
  • Experience of applying NICE compliant therapies relevant to the population (e.g. Behavioural approaches/PBS, managing challenging behaviours, intervention for populations with a learning disability diagnosis).



  • Expert knowledge of learning disability populations including autism presentations, inpatient/acute psychology and of evidence based psychological treatments

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Goodmayes Hospital

157 Barley Lane



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