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Modalities Lead - Ealing Talking Therapies

West London NHS Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
A full time Modalities Lead / Counselling Psychologist / Clinical Psychologist post has arisen in Ealing NHS Talking Therapies.

Ealing Talking Therapies is a dynamic and innovative service that is passionate about improving access to psychological therapies for the population it serves. The borough of Ealing comprises a diverse community. As a pathfinder site, we have achieved great success making psychological therapies culturally appropriate and accessible to the BME community. We operate from modern, purpose built premises and benefit from a large team of Assistant Psychologists, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners (PWP), Counselling/Clinical Psychologists, and counsellors, many of whom have been with the service since the start.

We are currently involved in numerous exciting initiatives to engage hard to reach groups, such as people with long term health conditions and perinatal difficulties. This involves group therapy, outreach work, community engagement and creative workshops embedded in the community, de-stigmatising mental health. We are proud to be offering all of the Talking Therapies modalities: Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Behavioural Couples Therapy (BCT) and Couples Therapy, Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), and Counselling for Depression (CfD). Applicants trained in an additional modality are strongly encouraged to apply.

Main duties of the job

Ealing Talking Therapies is dedicated to staff well-being and uses a collaborative approach to develop the service and support the team. We are known as a diverse, friendly team that listens to one and another and endeavours to progress people in terms of their continued professional development. We work closely with GPs and secondary care services.

Supervision is an essential part of our success and high recovery rates. We have a number of different systems in place to develop your clinical skills. As well as weekly, individual supervision sessions we have a duty system available at all times to discuss any urgent issues. In addition there are daily assessments 'debrief' sessions to ensure that any new assessments are discussed immediately and decisions are made quickly to help move our service users along the most appropriate care pathway. The strong support combined with supervision from highly experienced supervisors makes Ealing Talking Therapies the ideal place to undertake your role as a qualified step 3 therapist.

There is a need to be able to work flexibly, based in different locations across Ealing and Southall. In order to provide a service which is accessible to our clients, all staff are required to provide one evening shift. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who have a special interest in services for older adults, long term health conditions, the BME population and group work. A second language would be advantageous.

About us

West London NHS Trust is one of the most diverse healthcare providers in the UK, delivering a range of mental health and physical healthcare and community services. The Trust runs Broadmoor Hospital, one of three high secure hospitals in the country, with an international reputation.

Our high secure services care for patients from South of England and we provide low and medium secure services across eight London boroughs. The Trust also provides mental and physical healthcare in three London boroughs (Ealing, Hounslow and Hammersmith & Fulham). We employ 4,500 staff, of whom 56% are BME. Our turnover for 2023-24 is �426m.

The Trust is rated as 'Good' overall by the Care Quality Commission. Forensic services are rated as 'Outstanding'.

The Trust is an established partner and contributor in the development of the evolving North West London Integrated Care System and the Integrated Care Board. The Trust leads the NW London Children and Adolescent Mental Health provider collaborative.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Candidate Pack provides an overview of the key tasks and responsibilities of the role, and the person specification outlines the qualifications, skills, experience and knowledge required. Please view as attached.

The person specification below is not the full person specification, but outlines the criteria against which your application form will be assessed.

Person Specification



  • A recorded/registered doctoral level qualification in clinical (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or counselling psychology
  • A recorded/registered qualification in one of the following - nursing, social work, occupational therapy, arts therapy or a psychological therapy plus further post graduate qualification from High Intensity IAPT Course (Post Graduate CBT Diploma)
  • A qualification in at least two IAPT appropriate evidence based therapies for depression (i.e. IPT and DIT)
  • Professional registration with the appropriate bodies: Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) OR BABCP
  • BACP OR UKCP registration
  • Evidence of CPD as recommended by relevant professional regulatory bodies


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology



  • At least 2 years post qualification experience of working within an Talking Therapies setting.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of patient groups 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.
  • Experience of work in a multicultural setting, including working with interpreters.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, both as a clinician, supervisor and team co-ordinator.
  • Experience of training and supervising qualified and prequalification psychologists, and/or CBT/Modality therapists.
  • Formal specialist training in supervision of qualified psychologists/ psychological therapists and trainees.
  • Experience of providing and supervising psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care / care psychology and/ or Talking Therapies service.


  • Experience of the application of psychology in different cultural contexts.
  • Experience of teaching pre-qualification psychological therapists and other NH
  • S staff. Experience of representing psychology within the context of multidisciplinary care.



  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Well-developed knowledge of evidence base for delivering high-intensity and low intensity interventions.
  • Knowledge of key NHS policy developments for psychological therapies and services generally and for IAPT CBT in particular.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the specialism and mental health generally.
  • Working knowledge of the practices and approaches of other key disciplines, professions and agencies involved in the care and management network


  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of CBT. Knowledge of service development issues including mental health and primary care mental health/ IAPT.



  • Highly-developed skills in the effective communication of a range of settings within and outside the NHS .
  • Highly-developed communication skills at overcoming barriers to understanding and acceptance


  • Skills for facilitating communication in interventions with families and staff teams

Employer details

Employer name

West London NHS Trust


Ealing - IAPT


W13 8RA

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