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Highly Specialist Senior Counselling OR Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum
Closing date
24 Jul 2024
Highly Specialist Senior Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist (Band 8a)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8a Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide psychological expertise in the Newham Home Treatment and Crisis Service. The successful applicant will have an interest in working with adult service users in times of crisis and be passionate about promoting psychological thinking and practice throughout the multidisciplinary team. Newham is a vibrant, multicultural borough and the successful post holder should be committed to promoting inclusive ways of working.

The post holder will be linked in with the wider psychology team in the borough and the trust wide crisis psychologists, with opportunities for CPD integrated into the role.

Main duties of the job

Job Summary: Be a member of the Home Treatment Team supporting service users with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.

Be responsible and accountable for the direct provision of specialist psychology service, including specialised assessments, formulations and interventions covering the spectrum of mental health difficulties including severe and enduring mental illness, personality disorder, learning disability, and mental health crisis work. Interventions draw on a broad theoretical base and be tailored to the specific needs of the service user. A range of 1:1, couple, family and group interventions are provided. Contribute to the provision of a specialist psychological perspective for the work of the team. Provide highly specialist psychological advice to other members of the team. Facilitate Case Formulation and Reflective Practice in teams.

Clinically supervise and co-ordinate the work of assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists, other psychological therapy staff and non-psychological staff where appropriate.

Develop and support the psychological work of other staff groups through teaching, training, clinical supervision and case consultation. Contribute to the provision of a highly specialist psychological input to SU with severe, complex and enduring mental health difficulties across settings, directly and indirectly, by engaging in interface work. Take the lead for a specified area for interface work as required.

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

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

Person Specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training


  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • Registration with the Health Professionals Council.
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainees.
  • Breakaway Training.
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications.


  • Additional relevant clinical and/or managerial knowledge and skills acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision (individual and/or group), structured self-study or experience (or a combination of these) to an appropriate level approved by the Head of Psychology and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview



  • Significant experience of work as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in NHS settings
  • Experience of working with people who experience psychosis, personality disorder and complex depression and anxiety.
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of working as a psychologist with at least three service user/care groups.
  • Experience of the CPA system
  • Experience of providing a clinical service to a multicultural population, including working with interpreters.

Knowledge and Skills


  • Communication & Relationship skills: Able to provide & receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information in a highly emotive and sometimes hostile atmosphere, in a range of relationships and settings.
  • Able to use highly specialist skills of empathy to overcome barriers to understanding and acceptance. Sensitive and respectful approach to the needs of people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties, their families and carers.
  • Able to build good working relationships with other professionals.
  • Committed to reflective practice.
  • Able to draw upon a broad theoretical knowledge base in the analysis of highly complex facts or situations to arrive at appropriate formulations.
  • Able to compare and select from a range of intervention options, (minimum of two therapeutic orientations) based on formulation.

Employer details

Employer name

East London NHS Foundation Trust


Newham University Hospital

Glen Rd


E13 8SL

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