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Psychological Practitioner

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
Dagenham, Essex
£50,952 to £57,349 Min salary £56388.00 per annum
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity to work in a newly developed Staff Support Service that will work across the Trust to offer support, consultation, guidance, and brief therapeutic interventions for staff and teams. 0.6 wte has been allocated to work specifically with staff in the Acute and Rehabilitation Directorate and will be based at Goodmayes Hospital, though other aspects of the post may require some travel. Support may be offered both face to face and virtually.

For more information, please contact Lindsay Royan on or Sarah Shillingford on

Closing date for applications 17th November 2023.

Interviews January 2024

Main duties of the job

  • Supporting managers to offer a consistent approach following a patient or staff safety incident.
  • Providing support to staff following suicides, serious investigation process and legal proceedings
  • Ensuring a consistent model of supportive/debrief sessions following patient and staff safety incidents.
  • Offering parity of offer to all staff, including bank and agency workers
  • Using suitable data to capture the experience of affected staff.
  • Supporting the creation of an MDT workplace wellbeing expert reference group
  • Ensuring there are suitable online support resources for staff and managers.

About us

NELFT is an innovative and creative NHS Trust, committed to creating a Just and Compassionate culture for staff and patients alike. It recent increased investment in staff support is good evidence of this.

It is conveniently located between London and Essex, so is an easy commute for many people. whilst here you will have the opportunity to develop your own skills and interests further and this is actively encouraged. you will receive good support and supervision and will be joining a family of psychological practitioners.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide a highly skilled psychological service for staff and teams referred to the Staff Support Service with three days for ARD involving: brief NICE endorsed individual and group psychological interventions and psychoeducation. There may be some need for individual work.
  • To employ core professional skills in using outcome measures and risk assessments.
  • To provide psychoeducation to staff groups for preventative measures (such as stress management, mindfulness techniques). These could include one off group sessions, or up to 8 designated sessions.
  • To facilitate critical incident debriefing and support for individuals and teams.
  • To work flexibly and independently, as an autonomous clinical practitioner, with the support of Staff Support service colleagues.
  • To actively support reduced waiting times for staff and teams referred for support.
  • To offer advice and consultation on staff psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the services policies and procedures.
  • To expand the psychological component of Health and Wellbeing the Trust. This will include preventative work that addresses mental health and stress and promoting health and well-being training events.
  • To work closely with managers and teams, and in this capacity to offer consultation, training and supervision to non-psychology staff when required.
  • To work closely with other colleagues in in NELFT, to be able to demonstrate a high standard of clinical skill, multidisciplinary engagement and flexibility.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy and service development and research,
  • To enhance the psychological profile of staff support by attending and contributing both to in-house meetings and external specialist interest groups.
  • To deliver a culturally and ethically sensitive, equitable psychological service to all groups regardless of race and ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and disability to include staff users in the design and delivery of the service.

  • Person Specification



    • HCPC registration as a psychological practitioner or BABCP registered practitioner


    • Additional specialist training in advanced therapy skills, such as CBT, EMDR, Mindfulness



    • Interest in working with staff teams post critical incident, and who are often highly stressed


    • Interest in developing new skills and techniques that are shown to be effective in staff support



    • At least two years post-qualification experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of service users within the NHS.
    • At least two years post-qualification experience of delivering psychological interventions to a wide variety of client groups, ages, contexts, and presenting problems


    • Experience of delivering group/psycho-education work



    • Experience of teaching, training, and / or supervision.


    • Experience of supporting and supervising research projects, audit and service evaluation.



    • Well -developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, with staff and other professional colleagues post critical incident and high levels of stress.


    • Skills in providing consultation to professional colleagues.

    Employer details

    Employer name

    NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


    Church Elm Lane Centre

    Church Elm Lane

    Dagenham, Essex

    RM10 9RR

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