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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum incl HCA
Closing date
3 Oct 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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The post is suitable for someone with enthusiasm and experience in working with people with complex trauma and multiple needs in a compassionate, trauma-informed and collaborative way. It is a new role that requires a good grounding in psychological theory and formulation, but also a flexible and creative approach to psychological interventions in community settings.

The postholder will provide psychological interventions and will also be responsible for the development of partnerships working with local community groups to promote social connections, community engagement and participation. The postholder will contribute to staff training and provide psychological advice (informal, ad hoc, and formal consultation) to other staff, GPs, community workers, carers and people with lived experience of mental distress.

You must be keen to embrace the privileges of working in a diverse borough, have experience of working with people with complex mental health difficulties and from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as working in partnership with staff teams and community organisations to deliver psychologically informed care.

The successful candidate will be closely involved with both the Department of Adult Mental Health Psychology and local Primary Care Networks under whose governance they will experience continuing professional development.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist consultation, interventions and support to the blended multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) within the Primary Care Networks (PCNs) in Tower Hamlets (TH) for clients who present with Complex Emotional Needs (CEN), including complex trauma, substance misuse and significant difficulties in the area of their interpersonal functioning. To develop, facilitate and co-produce flexible new pathways to support and motivate individuals to maintain engagement and develop goals towards their recovery within the overarching population health model adopted locally, in line with the community mental health Transformation programme of East London. Tower Hamlets is a vibrant multicultural borough and the purpose of the role involves building on the strengths of the community to meet the needs of the population. The governance of this post will sit within the PCN Mental Health framework.

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 equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • OR Have an NHS Core Profession (Nurse, Allied Health Profession, Medical Doctor, Social Worker) or demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes
  • And Have completed a minimum of one year of recognised full-time (or equivalent part-time) psychological therapy or counselling training leading to a qualification, certification or accreditation recognised by a relevant professional or regulatory body, namely the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), The British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP), or Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy
  • 1.Additional qualification in a therapeutic model relevant to the post (e.g. DBT, MBT, CAT, EMDR)
  • 2.Additional qualification in family therapy
  • 3.Training in Structured Clinical Management (SCM)
  • 4.Training in Trauma Informed Care (TIC)
  • 5.Training in Supervision
Experience Essential
  • Evidence of continuing professional development particularly in relation to the development of knowledge and skills for working with people with complex trauma, substance misuse and significant difficulties in the area of their interpersonal functioning
  • Demonstrable experience of working therapeutically in mental health settings directly with service users with severe and complex needs e.g. complex trauma, personality disorders, self-harm, substance misuse etc.
  • Experience of psychological assessment, formulation and treatment of service users across the full range of multidisciplinary care settings
  • At least two years' experience of work in the NHS
  • Knowledge of the 'Community Mental Health Framework for Adults and Older Adults' and other relevant publications.
  • Developing collaborative, trauma-informed risk assessments and management plans.
  • Experience of facilitating different types of therapeutic interventions, individually or within groups.
  • Experience of the application of psychological therapy in different cultural contexts and with the use of interpreters
  • Experience of teaching, supervising or mentoring
  • Experience of working in a community psychology framework
  • Experience of co-production
  • Experience of co-facilitating multi-disciplinary therapeutic interventions
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for patients' psychological care and treatment, within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan.
  • Experience of Structured Clinical Management
  • Knowledge of the characteristics of the local population of Tower Hamlets
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, in both verbal and written form clinically sensitive information to patients, other professional colleagues, families, and carers within a highly emotive and unpredictable environment.
  • To be able to assess the mental state and risk for a wide range of patients with complex mental health problems, including personality disorder, complex trauma and substance misuse
  • To be able to engage with service users, carers and experts-by-experience in the co-production of meaningful interventions including training, treatments and other wellbeing-focussed endeavours.
  • To offer brief psychologically informed interventions in a meaningful way to develop a clear formulation around difficulties.
  • Ability to utilise all available resources in the local community that may support the client's recovery, including non-statutory services and support.
  • Capacity to work calmly and thoughtfully when addressing traumatic psychological issues, demonstrating an awareness of the sensitivity and unpredictability of individuals who have experienced complex trauma, and a capacity to tolerate the strong emotions evoked by such work
  • Skills in providing consultation to other qualified and unqualified staff, within both statutory and non statutory sectors.
  • Experience of supervision process and the ability to offer effective clinical and managerial supervision to staff at different grades.
  • Able to maintain a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of supervising staff from other disciplines.
  • Knowledge of theory and skills required for the delivery of specialist treatments, such as trauma focused therapies, MBT, DBT and CAT
  • Knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex, multivariate data analysis and service evaluation

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