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MHST Clinical Psychologist - SE Essex locality

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Southend on Sea
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Nov 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join our enthusiastic and dynamic Mental Health Support Team (MHST) based in South East Essex covering Southend, Canvey and Castlepoint and Rochford.

Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are a new service designed to support Children and Young People (CYP) with mild to moderate mental health.

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join the senior team and support the delivery of interventions, evaluation of psychological practices and ongoing roll-out of MSHTs across South East Essex. The post-holder will be a post-graduate qualified psychological practitioner and fully registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g. HCPC).

The post-holder will provide clinical interventions and assessment within their professional sphere of expertise. They will be responsible for assessment, treatment and systematic outcome measurement and the extensive clinical supervision of assistant psychologists throughout the MHSTs locality teams. They will ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible and evidence-based service is available to allusers of our service who need it throughout the MHSTs.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will establish and maintain excellent working relationships with wider mental health and wellbeing services and ensure adherence to evidence-based treatments by all clinical staff across the MHSTs. The post-holder will be directly involved in delivering and supervising a range of therapeutic interventions, which may include parent work, group work, school observations of children, short term input and specialist psychological treatments.

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 in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will be responsible for liaising directly with schools, developing and co-producing materials for delivery/presentation in schools, and supporting the development and embedding of the MHSTs in schools. In addition to this, the post-holder will have a small caseload and be actively involved in delivering universal and targeted group interventions in schools. These interventions will be CBT based, with the post holder required to have experience at delivering individual and group CBT interventions to children, young people, and parents.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the Senior Supervisor & Clinical Lead and join an established team of senior clinical supervisors and mental health practitioners. Developing the MHSTs to facilitate wider service transformation within the local child mental health system this will be done in conjunction with local service leads and managers.

As part of the role the post holder will be completing assessments for the CYP who have been referred along with risk assessments, care plans and review of this information.

The post holder will be expected to have excellent record keeping as part of this role and that this is captured within the electronic system the team uses.

The post holder must be able to appropriately act on any safeguarding concerns escalating these in line with the NELFT policies and procedure as well as working with those involved (CYP, Parents and other professionals).

The post holder must be able to work autonomously as well as working collaboratively with the team.

The NHS uses a blend of face-to-face interventions along with online/digital support as part of what is offered (e.g., support via video and telephone calls).

Flexible Working

Are you an registered mental health professional who is looking for flexible working arrangements with a supportive, understanding employer?

Come join our outstandingMHST working in South East Essex . At NELFT, we realise that many staff have busy and demanding commitments outside of their working life and are unable to commit to the traditional shift patterns. With this in mind, we are proud to be able to offer a variety of flexible working options. Whatever your availability, whether it is for certain shifts or set days, we offer guaranteed employment, full time or part time, to suit your requirements.

Retire and Return Have you retired, but want to return. Tell us what shifts you want to work that will suit you.

If you are unable to commit to traditional shift times and patterns - we can accommodate flexible hours such as later start times and/or earlier finish times e.g 9:30am - 15:00pm. You tell us what shifts suit you. Working at NELFT, you will be supported to work in friendly teams by caring Managers and Clinical Leads with a passion for high standards.

Development of our staff is key to running our service effectively, and we will invest our time in your professional development.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a post-graduate Clinical Psychology training


  • Experience in CAMHS/CYPMHS



  • Experience of specialist assessment carried out autonomously in order to determine the most appropriate treatment plan from a range of options for the child/young person


  • Experience in 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)

Additional Trainning


  • Supervisor, EMDR, CBT, etc

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


The Skyline Plaza

45 Victoria Avenue

Southend on Sea


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