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CAMHS Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
Maidstone, KENT
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum (pro rata)
Closing date
11 Jun 2024
This is an exciting opportunity to join our expanding team following significant investment.

Maidstone Children and Young People's Mental Health Service are pleased to offer a unique development post for a talented, newly qualified clinical or counselling psychologist to join us at band 7.

This post is with a specialist mental health service providing specialist assessment and therapy for young people with moderate to severe mental health difficulties and their families. The post holder will be a member of the CYPMHS multi-disciplinary team and will attend and participate in MDT meetings, as well as carrying out joint work with colleagues.

This role requires a post-graduate qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist fully registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g., HCPC) and have experience in delivering Psychological Therapies in a CAMHS setting. Newly qualified psychologists are encouraged to apply.

We are offering ADOS and ADI-R training for any successful applicant, alongside an offer of Non Violent Resistance Programme and/or Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. We are also looking for the successful applicant to engage in Quality Improvement Projects that serve the young people we see.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health and social care professionals and agencies as we embed a psychologically informed model of practice within the service.

The post holder will support both their peers and team leader and be an effective team member whilst using their own initiative. They may supervise psychology trainees and assistant psychologists. They will have a commitment to collaborative working and actively supporting and liaising with other health, education and social care professionals as we embed a trauma informed model of practice within the service. The post holder will be passionate about ensuring the child's voice is central to the work we do and work in partnership with families/carers and other agencies to achieve the outcomes desired by the child or young person.

We welcome applications both from experienced, and from newly qualified or soon to qualify candidates. Candidates applying for this post can also be considered for other band 7 roles available in our service. Please contact our Clinical Lead, Alison Lee (, or Integrated Team Manager, Lisa Nolan ( for a pre-application conversation about the opportunities on offer.

About us

Starting with NELFT

NELFT 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 on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary Period

This 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).

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role and working at North East London NHS Foundation Trust. We encourage you to refer closely to this when completing your application.

We welcome your application even if you do not meet all the criteria listed in the person specification. Any development needs to help you succeed in the role, can be discussed at the interview stage.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral-level degree in clinical or counselling psychology
  • HCPC registration
  • Formal training in specific therapeutic modality


  • Formal training in Positive Behaviour Support
  • Formal training in autism/ADHD/LD assessment



  • Previous CAMHS experience


  • Supervision experience
  • Experience working with ND issues



  • Knowledge of child development
  • Knowledge of trauma


  • Knowledge of ND issues
  • Transferable knowledge



  • Extensive experience of working with difficult, disturbed or challenging children/young people requiring skilled and complex interventions

Skill and experience


  • Experience of specialist assessment carried out autonomously in order to determine the most appropriate treatment plan from a range of options for the child/young person.
  • To be able to work autonomously within the overall framework of the Trust's policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of short term and long term clinical interventions

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


The Courtyard

Pudding Lane

Maidstone, KENT

ME14 1PA

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