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Deputy Director of Psychological Professions for Barking and Dagenham

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£89,007 to £101,812 per annum plus HCAs
Closing date
10 Jul 2024

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NELFT's senior Psychological Professionals' leadership team is excited to advertise a Deputy Director role within Barking and Dagenham. This role has been vacated due to retirement. The successful candidate will be part of the most senior team of Psychological Professionals within NELFT led by the Director of Psychological Professions and will have peers covering Redbridge, Havering, Waltham Forest, Essex, Kent, Talking Therapies and our Acute and Rehabilitation Directorate. The post holder will be a Children, Young People and Families' specialist and will work in close partnership with the Deputy Director for Psychological Professions responsible for Essex and Kent (who is also a CYP specialist) in driving forward the NELFT strategic objectives for CYP services across the Trust, with particular focus in London. The role will include oversight of all psychological provision for all ages within Barking and Dagenham. The post holder will become a core member of the directorate's multidisciplinary senior leadership team and will lead a group of Psychological Professional leads both at Place and within the CYP speciality.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing an expert clinical perspective on the transformation of Child and Adolescent Mental Health provision across the London boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest. The post holder will also be a key lead in the clinical delivery of Mental Health Support Teams across North East London. The post holder will hold Trust-wide strategic, clinical focus on psychological delivery in the following speciality areas:

Learning disabilities (all age)

Eating disorders

Clinical health psychology services

Now is an important time to be joining NELFT. We are a patient and clinically led organisation which is operationally enabled. NELFT's cohort of Psychological Professions hold a vision which centres on coproduction, trauma informed care, building a community of psychological professionals and delivery of inclusion and parity of access to all residents in the areas we serve. We strive to provide inclusive, accessible and individualised offers of care in a timely manner to reduce health inequalities and to recognise the harm caused by social injustice in the communities we serve. We are committed to working with integrity, authenticity and courage to deliver the best possible psychological care to those using our services.

About us

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).

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

High Cost Area Supplement - Outer London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of �4,313 to a maximum of �5,436 p.a. pro rata for part time).

Job description

Job responsibilities

In recent years, there has been major investment into Psychological Professions and clinical leadership within NELFT. This has resulted in a vastly expanded senior Psychological Professional leadership team and a major transformation. This work is within the implementation phase and looks at a number of areas, including the creation of parity between bandings of Psychological Professionals in different areas of NELFT ensuring that the care delivery is trauma informed for both people who use services and staff and the integration of siloed psychological offers of care into multidisciplinary secondary care adult mental health provision. The transformation also included the coproduction of an accountability framework in which clinical and operational colleagues work collaboratively and in partnership in order to deliver the best care for people who use services, their carers, family members and supporters. This offer is in line with NELFTs commitment to being patient and clinically led, whilst being operationally enabled.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology


  • additional leadership accreditation



  • CYP experience


  • leading CYP services



  • setting up service


  • positive outcomes of service

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust



Marsh Way


RM13 8EU

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