Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychotherapist

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Harold Hill
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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An opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic clinical / counselling psychologist or psychotherapist to join the Havering Psychological Service (HPS). HPS offers a range of evidence based therapeutic interventions for clients suffering from mood, anxiety and personality disorders and other similar conditions. The successful applicant will be skilled and experienced in the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or other time-limited therapies. A broad range of therapeutic skills will be advantageous to the applicant. The core task of the post holder will be to offer these evidence-based psychological interventions, both to groups and individuals, to people who present with such disorders and related mental health problems.

'We embrace continuous learning to improve patient outcomes, provide outstanding professional development opportunities and endorse Quality Improvement within our team. If you want to grow and progress your career with an organisation that values it's people, take the first step on an exciting career journey and join us today'.

Main duties of the job

  • To assist the pathway lead as needed in the provision of MAP psychological services for the people of Havering.
  • To offer expert clinical supervision to other psychologists and the wider borough-based HCPs as necessary.
  • To lead groups as required by the pathway lead.
  • To ensure thesystematic and coordinated provision of high quality specialist treatment within the MAP pathway for people with severe, enduring and complex disorders.
  • To offer in-depth assessment providing an incisive and comprehensive formulation taking into account developmental, relational, personality structure, risk, social, cultural and economic factors, which will ensure the delivery of effective and accurate treatment agreed in conjunction with the service user.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, measuring outcomes and contributing to research and training within theareas served by the team and service.
  • To liaise with and work effectively alongside other professionals, teams and agencies involved in the service-user's care, ensuring the provision of coherent, timely, effective and safe interventions to the individual.
  • To actively contribute to the development of the MAP service, researching, advocating, implementing and evaluating service developments as agreed.

To work within professional guidelines and other overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

About us

Starting with NELFTNELFT 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.

COVID-19 VaccinationWe 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.

Higher Cost Area supplement

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of �4,108 to a maximum of �5,177).

Probationary PeriodThis 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).Please see the attached job description and person specification for further details on this vacancy.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In addition to the clinical duties you will be required to assist the pathway lead in the delivery of services. This may involve assisting in administrative duties as determined by the lead and taking team link-worker functions in conjunction with other, related services (such as IAPT, Mental Health and Wellness Teams etc.).

You will undertake in-depth therapeutic assessments, draw up accurate formulations and make clear and decisive clinical judgements. Your work of assessing may lead to therapeutic treatment, or may go towards supporting the thinking and care-planning of colleagues and/or teams working directly with the individual in related services. A robust understanding of, and capacity to manage clinical risk, challenging behaviour and safeguarding issues is a vital component of the clinical work of this post.

You will be line managed by, and work in collaboration with the MAP pathway lead clinician. You will also work closely with the wider psychological services and other referring teams.

You will be qualified in either clinical or counselling psychology to DPsych level or equivalent, with at least six months experience of working directly with clients suffering from clinically significant levels of anxiety and / or depression, personality disorder and a range of secondary care presenting issues. You will be registered with the HCPC as a registered psychologist . The post holder will need to be able to work autonomously, have experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team and be able to make good use of supervision and line management.

Person Specification



  • Current Professional Registration with the HCPC/BABCP as a practitioner psychologist - clinical or equivalent profession
  • Doctoral level or equivalent training in clinical/counselling psychology or equivalent (BPS approved courses or training)


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • Experience of publishing clinically driven research in a relevant area



  • Doctoral level qualification or equivalent
  • Additional specialist knowledge of issues relating to MAP, such as EMDR , acquired through short courses, conferences, seminars etc.


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups



  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Willingness and ability to develop further skills and knowledge relevant to the post


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.



  • Experience of working within a CBT framework and providing interventions on a 1-2-1 and group basis.
  • At least six month's experience of working with clients with MAP presentations..


  • Experience of representing psychology within the context of multi - disciplinary care.
  • Experience of leading or participating in service development initiatives

Personal Qualities


  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to communicate/listen formally and informally, verbally and in writing
  • Ability to reflect on own practice and willingness to be involved in supervision
  • Flexible and resourceful in coping under pressure and with conflicting demands

Contractual requirements or other requirements


  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate.
  • Ability to travel between bases and within the community as required for the post


  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Petersfield Centre

Petersfield Avenue

Harold Hill


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