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Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
East Ham
£56,388 to £62,785 per annumm
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Newham is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the UK with approximately seven in ten residents from ethnically diverse communities speaking over 220 languages and dialects.

We are excited to provide this highly challenging but rewarding opportunity for a Band 8a Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist to join one of our Recovery Teams covering the North of Newham.

The Recovery Team provides specialist assessment and intervention for adults with significant mental health support needs who require a longer term service. Given the complexity of our service users presenting problems, the post holder is required to possess good engagement skills and the ability to work alongside service users and their families towards clear and collaboratively agreed recovery goals.

In addition, it is essential the post holder possess good communication and team working skills and be committed to supporting the MDT in assessment, formulation and care planning as well as delivery of evidence-based psychological interventions.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist assessment and delivery of individual and family interventions for adults with complex mental health problems.

Supporting MDT staff in psychological formulation and delivery of low intensity interventions. Contributing to ensuring that the team's work as a whole is psychologically informed where possible.

To provide supervision for the team's PSI workers.

Liaising with statutory services and local community services including Early Intervention in Psychosis Services, Acute Mental Health Services, Home Treatment Team and the Secondary Care Psychology Service (SPS).

To contribute to the effective working of the team or service and to a psychologically informed framework for the service.

To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects.

To provide supervision for trainee clinical psychologists.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalence (statement of equivalence (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)) and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist) Or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist)
  • HCPC registration
  • BPS accredited degree in psychology or equivalent
  • Additional relevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these) to an appropriate level approved by the Head of Psychology and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview.


  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees
  • Further training in a therapeutic modality relevant to severe and enduring mental health



  • Experience of working as a specialist clinical or counselling psychologist in including relevant experience working in a multi-disciplinary team for adults with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of service user groups across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity. Experience of planning and exercising full clinical responsibility for service users' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience of work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.


  • Experience of developing and delivering specialist training programmes
  • Experience of with acutely unwell service users
  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi-disciplinary care.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Highly-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Highly-developed skills in the effective communication of highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Highly-developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Skills in working in multidisciplinary settings.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network, including medical, employment, social, educational and criminal justice systems.
  • Doctoral-level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation mental health.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Passmore Edwards Building

Shrewsbury Road

East Ham

E7 8QR

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