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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Cherry Tree Way Glen Road
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum pro rata Inc HCA
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to provide psychological expertise within Newham Centre for Mental Health (NCMH). We would welcome applications from Band 7 qualified psychologists with the relevant experience. Previous experience working in acute services and/or a considered appreciation of the role of psychology within these settings are highly desirable. Job share and flexible working options are available within this role.

You will be responsible for providing psychological expertise to two acute psychiatric wards through individual and group therapy sessions, staff consultation, reflective practice, supervision and teaching.

This is an exciting role that includes a broad range of leadership development opportunities such as leadership of service delivery. Newham has embarked on an inpatient Quality Improvement project which you will be encouraged to join. Your views and ideas would be valued in the development, delivery and leadership of this project. You will also be part of staff development initiatives, trauma-informed care training and supervision. Within the Acute Psychology Service we pride ourselves on our strong peer support network. You will be a valued member of a team consisting of qualified psychologists, trainees and assistants working across seven inpatient adult mental health wards at NCMH. We also have strong links with the acute inpatient services in the other ELFT boroughs.

Main duties of the job

You will be encouraged to explore clinical and/or research CPD activity of your choice amounting to one session (half a day) per week which could involve working with the local specialist psychotherapy service offering individual and/or group interventions within CBT, integrative, psychodynamic and systemic modalities.

The Trust has embraced flexible working and encourages a hybrid way of working that is within the scope of the role. Thus we are keen to explore working-from-home opportunities, particularly for in-direct aspects of this role.

This role is on a full time basis (37.5 hrs per week) however we welcome job share and/or flexible working arrangements. This can be discussed at interview. We would encourage you to apply!We would love to hear from you so please do get in touch with Gavin to arrange an informal chat or an informal visit.

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 Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by BPS or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with Health Professions Council as a Chartered Psychologist
Experience Essential
  • At least two years experience of work in the NHS
  • Relevant experience of working as a clinical/counselling psychologist e.g. experience working in a multi-disciplinary teams for adults with severe and enduring mental health problems; working within inpatient mental health settings.
  • Experience of development and delivery of therapeutic groups
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Highly-developed skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management, including the use of theoretical models to analyse information and to develop formulations upon which to base choice of treatment.
  • Skills in providing advice and consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.
  • Ability to provide a culturally-competent and non-stigmatising service including an awareness of the potential impact of discrimination and disadvantage on mental health.
Other Essential
  • Ability to identify, provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Demonstrably respectful approach to patients, carers, colleagues, other professionals and professional contacts. Willingness to negotiate and ability to handle confrontation effectively and professionally.

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