Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£48,526 to £54,619 a year per annum inclusive of HCA
Closing date
6 Oct 2022

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Learning Disability
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit a permanent 8a full time Clinical Psychologist across Hackney and Newham Health Team for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

We currently have two 8a vacancies within ELFT learning disability services; x1 0.4WTE 8a role based in the Newham Health Team and x1 0.6WTE 8a role based in the Hackney Integrated Learning Disability Service. We are advertising these posts as a combined 1.0 WTE (37.5hrs per week) role split across the two teams this reflects our close working arrangements across the learning disability services within the trust. We do also welcome applicants interested in either of the part time roles please do state this clearly in your supporting information.

Main duties of the job

The Newham team primarily works with clients with Severe and Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities who have unmet health needs. We also work with clients with Mild or Moderate Learning Disabilities if they are not able to access mainstream services with reasonable adjustments. There are many exciting projects either actively in progress, or on the horizon. Some of our current service development work focuses on trauma-informed care, anti racism, people participation, transition & STOMP.

Newham and Hackney are culturally diverse boroughs which provide a wonderful opportunity to work creatively alongside families taking into account their context and valuing their expertise. As teams we work hard to overcome barriers that prevent our clients from having the best lives possible and we look forward to welcoming a new clinician to our team to continue this journey.

We are keen to talk with interested candidates and elaborate on the post. If you would like to have further conversations ahead of applying please contact Dr Ami Cifelli (Newham Lead Clinical Psychologist) (ami.cifelli@nhs.net) or Dr Noreen Dowling (Hackney Lead Psychologist) (noreen.dowling@hackney.gov.uk).

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
  • Good honours degree in psychology
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS
  • Clinical supervision training for Doctoral trainees and qualified Clinical Psychologists
  • Eligibility for graduate membership of BPS
  • HCPC registration
  • Relevant specialist training or qualifications e.g. CBT, systemic therapies, neuropsychology, etc.
  • Relevant HR training appropriate to the post requirements. (e.g. recruitment, appraisal, sickness and absence, discipline, grievances etc.)
  • Post doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • Formal training in clinical management and/or leadership
Experience Essential
  • Assessed experience working as a qualified clinical psychologist for a minimum of 2 years
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of people with learning disabilities from profound to mild and borderline clients, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across the full range of care settings including outpatient, community, primary care, inpatient and residential care settings including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse
  • Experience of working with individuals with challenging and very hostile behaviours
  • Experience of working with adults who have been abused or neglected
  • Experience of providing consultation to other psychologists, other health and non-health professionals and to carers in all aspects of care of adults with learning disabilities
  • Experience of multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working
  • Experience of teaching and training
  • Experience of assessing and treating the mental health needs of clients with learning disabilities
  • Work in a multi-cultural setting, including working with interpreters
  • Experience of staff management and clinical supervision
  • Additional relevant clinical audit and/or managerial knowledge acquired through formal training, long or short courses, formal supervision, structured self-study and experience (or a combination of these) and demonstrated by certification, documented supervision logs, management appraisal documentation and/or assessment at interview. This could include:
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Able to provide and 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
  • 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 treatment options, based on formulation
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management
  • Able to analyse highly complex outcome data from a number of sources and provide clear advice to colleagues supporting the understanding and application of such analyses
  • Able to plan, organise and prioritise own and others workload
  • Able to record and report on as required clinical information
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis
  • Up to date knowledge of psychological research and national guidance relevant to the client group
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups e.g. people with learning disability with complex needs
  • Able to provide a cultural competent service
  • Able to innovate on the basis of theoretical knowledge

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