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Counselling Psychologist in training (Final Year) - Eating Disorders

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro-rata Inc HCA
Closing date
18 Jul 2024
This is a unique training role for Counselling Psychologists in the third year of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. This pilot position aims to increase the number of counselling psychologists working in Eating Disorder Services. The post holder will work in our new Community Eating Disorder Service which serves residents across our 3 London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, City & Hackney, and Newham. The post-holder will provide assessments, interventions, and be part of existing QI projects whilst completing their Doctoral Programme of study. The postholder will work with other Counselling Psychologists, CBT Therapists, Assistant Psychologists, Dietetics, Clinical Associates in Psychology, People Participation Leads, and Service Users on placement in the service. This role will equip the post holder to provide interventions based on Counselling Psychology care principles and evidence-based interventions (CBT, FT-AN, CFT) consistent with their training course needs.

Main duties of the job

1. To carry out mental health assessments and interventions for adults and/or their carers.

2. To manage a defined caseload of adults (incl. families) requiring treatment from the training interventions as well as a caseload requiring evidence based support and interventions as required

3. To work collaboratively across ED teams (Talking Therapies (IAPT), Neighbourhood Teams, Specialist Services) and with partnership agencies

4. To be a resource of specialist advice, specifically in relation to adult mental health, especially Eating Disorders, to colleagues within ELFT and other professionals and agencies/organisation working in the field of mental health.

5. To work in a culturally sensitive and inclusive way and take into consideration issues of diversity and difference and creating opportunities for service user participation when possible.

6. To ensure that the needs of the client group is paramount, and be aware of and adhere to local safeguarding procedures.

7. Gain and practice a range of interventions related to provision of information and support for evidence based psychological treatments.

8. Practice, evidence, reflect on and demonstrate an ability to manage one's own caseload in conjunction with the requirements of the team.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For full details of this post, please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Please direct any questions not answered in this document to the lead erecruiter

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • oA minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK University or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant subject e.g. psychology
  • oSafeguarding children training



  • oExperience of working with a range of mental health problems-
  • oExperience of care planning
  • o Experience of working with adults, families, parents/carers
  • o Previous experience of working in Eating Disorders


  • oPrevious clinical experience of using CBT and/or CFT as a therapeutic model to support residents.
  • oExperience of working in a culturally diverse, inner city service
  • oExperience of working in a multi-disciplinary way

Knowledge and Skills


  • oEvidence of clinical skills relevant to working with adults with mental health difficulties
  • oA good degree of self-awareness and an ability to reflect on personal and professional attitudes and accept feedback
  • oAwareness of current national guidelines and policies in the field of Eating Disorders
  • oA knowledge of Eating Disorder issues including assessment and interventions
  • oA working knowledge of safeguarding guidelines.
  • oAble to manage own time and caseload
  • oExcellent verbal and written communication skills
  • oAble to work effectively across organisational boundaries
  • oCapability to complete academic work at doctoral level
  • oSpecialist clinical skills within specific therapeutic modalities
  • oKeyboard/computer skills
  • oSpecialist clinical skills within specific therapeutic modalities
  • oSkills in assessing and supporting mental health crises
  • oKnowledge of development inter agency partnership
  • oKnowledge of specific inner city issues which impact on care delivery
  • oKnowledge of The Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) and other appropriate legislation

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Mile End Hospital

1st Floor Burdett House, Mile End Hospital,


E1 4DG

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