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Clinical / Counselling Psychologist or Allied Health Professional

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 Per annum
Closing date
29 May 2024

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This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified HCPC registered Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Mental Health Nurse, OT or Social worker to join the Newham Mentalisation Based Therapy Service. The post is a permanent band 7 role. Both full time and part time applicants will be considered.

The service offers a full MBT program to individuals with Complex Emotional Needs. Candidates with past experience in working therapeutically with individuals with complex mental health needs are welcome to apply. Past experience in MBT treatment is desirable although not essential.

This post is an opportunity to develop clinical skills, particularly within MBT in a friendly and supportive team environment. Training in MBT with the Anna Freud Centre will be offered as part of the role.

In addition to clinical interventions, you will be involved in service development initiatives such as improving our offer to families and young people, and outreach work to Gps, community and inpatient teams.

MBT in Newham is a team based approach. We would like to hear from candidates who value working as part of a reflective, in-person team. Service Users are discussed regularly and the team collaborates closely around care planning, treatment and management.

Newham is one of the most diverse boroughs in London. We are looking for people who can work effectively and sensitively with patients from a range of backgrounds to assist them in making meaningful changes to their lives.

Main duties of the job

The role will require the post holder to:
  • Undertake specialist psychological assessment of patients referred to the Mentalisation Based Therapy Service and provide specialist reports to referrers and patients
  • Formulate and implement appropriate treatment plans and provide specialist Mentalisation-Based therapy to patients under the care of the service
  • To offer individual and group interventions to individuals with Complex Emotional Needs.
  • To engage with both individual and group supervision, reflective practice further professional development in Mentalisation Based Therapy
  • Liaise with other professionals to contribute to the establishment of continuity of care across services
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's policies and procedures.

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 full details of the role, please refer to the attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Doctorate in Clinical / Counselling Psychology or equivalence (statement of equivalence and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist) or allied professional with experience in MBT
  • HCPC registration


  • Training in MBT
  • Further training in a therapeutic modality relevant to personality disorder



  • Experience in working with patients with complex personality presentations (i.e. 'Personality Disorder') and/or risk of self-harm.
  • Experience of delivering therapeutic interventions to individuals with Complex Emotional Needs.
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary team offering support to adults with severe and enduring mental health problems.
  • Experience of group work.


  • Experience of delivering training/consultation and providing clinical supervision.
  • Work within at least two therapeutic modalities.
  • Experience of the application of psychology/therapy in different cultural contexts

Knowledge and Skills


  • Skills in psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Skills in the effective communication of technical and/or clinically sensitive information to a wide variety of recipients in a range of settings within and outside the NHS, including the ability to produce comprehensive and coherent letters, reports and associated documentation.
  • Skills in the assessment of risk for patients with mental health problems and specifically for patients with complex Emotional Needs
  • Capacity to work calmly and thoughtfully when working with traumatic psychological issues, demonstrating an awareness of the sensitivity and unpredictability of patients with complex needs, and a capacity to tolerate the strong emotions evoked by such work
  • Knowledge and understanding of diagnosis of Personality Disorder.
  • Evidence of CPD
  • Competence in advanced IT packages including keyboard skills.
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
  • Knowledge of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult - to - treat groups (e.g. complex needs, self harm, personality disorder/psychosis, dual diagnosis, persons with additional disabilities etc).


  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Some knowledge and understanding of psychoanalytic models and developmental processes associated with Personality Disorder (eg: Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP), Mentalization-based Treatment (MBT).



  • Ability to manage effectively verbal aggression and abuse from service users, carers etc, and the risk of physical aggression.
  • Demonstrably respectful approach to service users, carers, colleagues, other professionals and professional contacts. Willingness to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professional

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Secondary Care Psychological Therapies Service

409 High Street


E15 4QZ

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