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Clinical Psychologist Preceptorship Posts

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£52,093 to £58,186 a year per annum ,pro rota for part time
Closing date
2 Jul 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Full Time
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We are a dynamic Community Learning Disability Health Team looking to recruit to two Band 7 >8a preceptorship posts (x1 Permanent Band 7/8a 0.4WTE and x1 Fixed Term -20months 1WTE). Candidates not yet meeting all requirements for appointment at Band 8a can be considered for appointment at Band 7 with the view to progress to a Band 8a dependent on assessment of performance at professional review. Training and development opportunities would be sought to prepare an appointee for the Band 8a position.

We are keen to recruit clinicians who are passionate about the field of learning disabilities. In addition to the advertised posts, the team already consists of 1 WTE Lead Clinical Psychologist, 2 WTE Clinical Behaviour Specialists, 1 WTE PBS Practitioner & 0.6 WTE Art Therapist. We also take trainee Clinical Psychologists and trainee Art Therapists on placement with us. The psychological therapies team is just one grouping within the Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities. The wider MDT consists of Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Community Nurses, Physiotherapists & Psychiatrists.


Main duties of the job

The Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities primarily works with clients with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities who have unmet health needs. We also work with clients with Mild or Moderate Learning Disabilities if they are not able to access mainstream services with reasonable adjustments.

Newham is a culturally diverse borough which provides a wonderful opportunity to work creatively alongside families taking into account their context and valuing their expertise. As a team we work hard to overcome barriers that prevent our clients from having the best lives possible and we look forward to welcoming a new clinicians to our team to continue this journey.

About us

The Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities primarily works with clients with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities who have unmet health needs. We also work with clients with Mild or Moderate Learning Disabilities if they are not able to access mainstream services with reasonable adjustments. There are many exciting projects either actively in progress, or on the horizon. Some of our current service development work focuses on trauma-informed care, anti racism, people participation, transition & STOMP.

We are proud of our team relationships and rely on this for close collaborative MDT working, and mutual support. We have several virtual MDT pathways within the team that focus either on Behaviours that Challenge, Complex Physical Health or Dementia. The Newham team sits within a Learning Network of three other Community LD Teams across ELFT services that cover other boroughs.

We are currently recruiting for two posts, x1 Permanent Band 7>8a 0.4WTE (15hrs per week) and x1 Fixed Term -20months 1WTE (37.5hrs per week). The 20 month fixed term has arisen due to an internal secondment. Please kindly state your preference in your supporting statement. Please note we would be open to job sharing opportunities as well as secondment opportunities for the fixed term post.

Job description Job responsibilities

We are keen to talk with interested candidates and elaborate on the posts. If you would like to have further conversations ahead of applying please contact Dr Ami Cifelli (Clinical Psychologist) ( or the Service Manager Mr Robin Betts (

Person Specification KNOWLEDGE AND QUALIFICATIONS Essential
  • Good honours degree in psychology
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainees and qualified Clinical Psychologists
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS
  • HCPC registration
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications e.g. CBT, systemic therapies, neuropsychology, etc.
  • Relevant HR training appropriate to the post requirements. (e.g. recruitment, appraisal, sickness and absence, discipline, grievances etc.)
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in clinical management and/or leadership
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of 2 years
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of people with learning disabilities from profound to mild and borderline clients, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, inpatient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with individuals with challenging and very hostile behaviours
  • Experience of working with adults who have been abused or neglected
  • Experience of providing consultation to other psychologists, other health and non-health professionals and to carers in all aspects of care of adults with learning disabilities
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of assessing and treating the mental health needs of clients with learning disabilities
  • Work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters
  • Experience of staff management and clinical supervision
  • Additional relevant clinical audit and/or managerial knowledge acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision, structured self-study and experience (or a combination of these) and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview. This could include: oExperience of delivering workshops to those with less specialist knowledge oExperience of consulting a colleague who has specialist knowledge, experience of at least 30 hours of specialist supervision in one therapeutic modality or at least 30 hours experience of case presentations and group/peer supervision supplemented by at least 2 short specialist courses or 3 workshops oExperience of attending at least 4 conferences in one therapeutic modality or in relation to policy and practice in learning disabilities
  • Able to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere, in a range of relationships and settings
  • Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance
  • Able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations
  • Able to compare and select from a range of treatment options, based on formulation
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Able to analyse highly complex outcome data from a number of sources and provide clear advice to colleagues supporting the understanding and application of such analyses
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • Knowledge of national policies relevant to learning disability and ability to formulate plans and lead local adaptation and implementation of such policy
  • Able to record and report on as required clinical information
  • Competent use of other IT packages e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft office including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to the client group
  • Knowledge of legislation and its implications for clinical practice with this client group
  • Aware of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health
  • Able to be flexible and adapt approach according to need
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups e.g. people with learning disability with complex needs
  • Able to provide a cultural competent service
  • Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge
  • Able to contain and work with organisational stress and able to hold the stress of others
  • Able to sit in constrained positions for a substantial proportion of working time
  • Able to concentrate intensely for a substantial proportion of working time, during client contact, teaching/supervision sessions, team meetings, preparing written work etc.
  • Able to manage effectively frequent exposure to highly distressing/highly emotional circumstances and exposure to traumatic circumstances
  • 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 must be capable of accountability for own work, of autonomous clinical practice, of being guided by precedent and of working towards defined results
  • Non-judgmental
  • Calm manner and positive and supportive approach
  • Willing to learn and develop in a changing environment
  • Warmth and flexibility
  • Smart professional appearance
  • Sensitive to the views and needs of service users and carers from all backgrounds
  • Able to demonstrate leadership skills

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