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Psychologist/CBT Therapist - Maternity Leave cover

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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ELFT are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated psychologist/therapist to work in our mental health services in Ampthill. The vacancy is for a 1.0 wte position on a 12 month fixed term basis to cover a maternity leave.

Main duties of the job

You will work as part of a blended primary/secondary care MDT supported by the Lead Psychologist and CAP and the Ampthill MDT. The post-holder will provide specialist evidence-based psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for people with a range of complex mental health needs, including individual, couple/family and group interventions. They will possess an enthusiasm for MDT working and the skills to help steer the team to psychological understanding of their clients. We are therefore looking for someone with good knowledge and skills within these domains, and someone who is ready to join an innovative and efficient service.

We provide access to training and CPD to support development in clinical roles. In ELFT we are passionate about our Quality Improvement approach and psychologists are key players in many projects on the wards. We have a thriving therapies workforce in the Trust with opportunities for learning and supporting each other.

We also invite applications from people who are BABCP accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapists with relevant clinical experience. For candidates who dont fully meet the criteria for an 8a appointment we would consider appointing at Band 7.

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

For more information on this vacancy please refer to the job description and person specification, alternatively please get in contact.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification


  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology or equivalence and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist) . HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist. Or Postgraduate level training in a recognised model of psychological therapy (e.g. CBT, CAT) and demonstrated eligibility for accreditation as a practitioner/therapist with the relevant accrediting body (e.g. BABCP/ACAT).


  • Further training or qualifications in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
  • Quality Improvement Training.
  • Clinical supervision training for doctoral psychology trainees.



  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the range of care settings, including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the treat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of providing teaching, training and/or professional and clinical supervision.
  • Experience in working in multidisciplinary settings and representing a psychological perspective in teams and services.


  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists.
  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience in the recruitment of psychology staff.
  • Experience in contributing to service development, redesign and improvements in secondary mental health services

Knowledge & Skills


  • Clinical: Doctoral level knowledge of clinical psychology including highly developed knowledge of lifespan developmental psychology, models of psychopathology, psychometrics and neuropsychology.
  • Able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts and situations, requiring sustained and intense concentration, to arrive at appropriate formulation and compare and select from a range of treatment options. Skills in two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • An in depth knowledge and skills in applying clinical risk assessment and management in own and others' clinical caseload.
  • Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance.
  • Able to communicate at a high level verbally and in writing highly complex, technical and sensitive information to clients, families, carers, and a range of professionals and lay people within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as required by BPS/ HCPC.
  • Organisational/Management: Able to plan, organise and prioritise own workload in the face of periods of competing demands.
  • Able to plan, support and guide the workload of staff under supervisory responsibility.
  • Must be capable of accountability for own work, of autonomous clinical practice, of being guided by precedent and of working towards defined results.
  • Research & Evaluation: Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis. Able to use skills and knowledge to design and implement service evaluations.
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to the delivery of secondary mental health services.
  • Legislative: Knowledge of relevant legislation and its implications for both clinical practice and professional management in secondary mental health services.
  • Cultural awareness: Aware of the potential impact of discrimination & disadvantage on mental health.
  • Flexibility: Able to be flexible and adapt approach according to need.
  • Information Technology: Competence in use of IT equipment and software packages for the purposes of clinical record keeping, electronic communication, creating organisational documentation, data entry and analysis, research, and multimedia presenting and teaching.


  • Highly developed knowledge of the theory and delivery of specialised psychological practice relevant to a secondary mental health setting (e.g. psychosis, personality disorder, complex trauma).
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.



  • Enthusiasm for a broad range of psychological phenomena, an interest in models of service delivery and an ability to articulate the value added by clinical psychology services within the context of multi-disciplinary mental health services.
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others.
  • Physical effort: Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial proportion of working time
  • Mental effort: Able to concentrate intensely for a substantial proportion of working time, during client contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Emotional effort: Able to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/highly emotional circumstances and exposure to traumatic circumstances.
  • Working conditions: Able to manage effectively verbal aggression from service users, families, etc and the risk of physical aggression.
  • Values: Respectful approach to service users, families, carers, colleagues and other professionals. Willing to negotiate and can handle confrontation effectively and professionally.



  • Able to work to professional guidelines and Trust policy.
  • Able to travel between work sites and to community settings for the delivery of services.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Steppingley Hospital

Ampthill Road,


MK45 1AB

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