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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum plus HCAS (pro rata)
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join the NELFT Rough Sleepers Mental Health Team. This is an emerging clinical service which was originally funded by the GLA and MHCLG for a 2-year pilot project. The success of the pilot has enabled continued funding and the opportunity to expand the staffing establishment, and the role of Psychology Lead is critical to the ethos and operation of the service. The multi-disciplinary team also includes a Staff Grade Psychiatrist, Clinical Team Lead, Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Peer Support Worker and administrative support. The team works across the four NELFT boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

The service is operationally based within the Redbridge Directorate of NELFT and the successful candidate will receive clinical supervision fromthe Redbridge Lead Psychologist. NELFT have a strong commitment to staff development and the post holder would have close associationwith other Psychological Services that include EMDR Consultants and BABCP accredited supervisors to support the post holders professionaldevelopment.

Main duties of the job

The post holder would be expected to contribute to the training opportunities available for members of MDT staff to support their development and provide supervision of Honorary Assistant Psychologists and trainees in order to support the psychological workforce development and increase the psychological opportunities available within the service.Alongside this role there are other exciting new opportunities being developed within our Mental Health and Wellness Teams and afull-time role working across both services would be available for the right candidate.

The successful candidate will need to have experience of working as a clinical/counselling psychologist in community mental health at a seniorlevel. They should have a particular interest in working with rough sleepers or homelessness and have the skills to assess the psychologicalneeds of these clients and be able to work flexibly to implement support or treatment plans. Knowledge of local mental health pathways andvoluntary organisations will also be beneficial. The post-holder must be able to work autonomously, although they will be supported by the widerRough Sleepers Team and Redbridge Lead Psychologist.

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

High Cost Area Supplement

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of �4,313 and a maximum payment of �5,436 per annum pro rata).

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



  • Post graduate qualification
  • HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist
  • Additional training in specialised psychological assessment and interventions for psychosis
  • Clinical supervision course



  • Early Intervention in psychosis team experience
  • CBT for psychosis
  • Family Intervention for Psychosis
  • Supervising others (Trainee Clinical Psychologists, Assistant psychologists)



  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Capacity to cope with frequent exposure to highly distressing or highly emotional circumstances
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and data analysis
  • To be skilled in the administration of psychometric and neuropsychological tests, including those that require complex manipulation of test materials
  • Highly skilled at collaborative working and providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups



  • Knowledge of working with service users from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of theory and evidence base for interventions for psychosis
  • Knowledge of theory and practice of CBT

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Mellmead House

4 Orchard Close


E11 2DH

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