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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£58,698 to £65,095 per annum pro rata Inc HCA
Closing date
12 Jul 2024

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OCEAN is a psychology and midwifery led maternal mental health service combining psychologists and psychological therapists with specialist midwifes in supporting women and birthing people who are experiencing moderate-severe mental health difficulties relating to baby loss and birth trauma. OCEAN is a community based service, offering a range of interventions including one to one psychology, group work and indirect work with maternity services.

The post holder will be responsible for the development and provision of co produced, psychological input to women who have experienced perinatal loss. They will co-ordinate and develop loss pathways into the service and therefore a significant part of this role will involve liaising across physical health settings and hospitals to streamline access and provide responsive care. It is hoped that the post holder will be able to develop trauma informed projects and interventions with maternity partners.

Main duties of the job

Ocean is based in Vivienne Cohen House in Hackney, and offers support to women and birthing people across East London in the boroughs of City & Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets. You must be keen to embrace the privileges of working in diverse boroughs and have experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds to deliver psychologically informed care.

In addition to offering highly specialist psychological assessments, psychological formulations and the delivery of psychological interventions, the post holder will also provide training, consultation and support to midwives, teams, wards, and other agencies in the development of psychologically-informed maternity care and will also contribute to service development initiatives and audit.

About us

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) is making a positive difference to thousands of people's lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

We are successful at what we do but want to build and improve to provide the very best for our service users and carers. Their needs matter most and are at the heart of everything we do. We not only involve people in their individual care and treatment but we work with people as experts by experience to develop and improve our services.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

We are recognised as a centre of excellence for innovation and improvement.

Our extensive work in research and education has led to a number of pioneering health solutions, giving us a strong academic reputation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Kindly refer to the job description and person specification that is attached to the vacancy profile.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology or equivalence (statement of equivalence (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996)) and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist) Or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and able to demonstrate eligibility for BPS CPsychol (Chartered Psychologist) Or BACP or UKCP Psychotherapy qualification Or BABCP CBT qualification
  • HCPC or BABCP or UKCP or registration


  • Specialist training in perinatal mental health
  • Specialist training in community psychology approaches
  • Specialist training in narrative approaches
  • Further training in Evidence based Trauma Interventions



  • Minimum 2 years experience of working in NHS settings or context
  • Experience of working as a specialist clinical or counselling psychologist or Psychological therapist in secondary care services with adults with complex mental health needs
  • Experience of teaching, training, consultation and/or professional and clinical supervision


  • Experience of working with women and birthing people struggling with mental health difficulties relating to maternity/pregnancy/fertility/birth trauma or loss.
  • Experience of providing Community Psychology or Population Health based interventions.
  • Experience of working with loss and bereavement
  • Experience of working in physical health or maternity settings
  • Experience of working in partnership with third sector agencies



  • Experience of work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters.



  • Ability to support and co-ordinate the work of psychology colleagues within the team/service

Knowledge and Skills


  • Cultural awareness and competence: Understanding and awareness of the potential impact of racism, discrimination & disadvantage on the mental health of Black and ethnic minority people. Able to provide a cultural competent service. Ability to reflect critically on one's own identity. Commitment to examining and challenging one's own biases and developing inclusive services and work places. Experience of working with interpreters.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Vivienne Cohen House

2 Crozier Terrace


E9 6AT

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