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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£55,903 to £72,639 a year per annum inc HCA
Closing date
30 Jan 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Part Time
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We are looking to recruit a highly motivated clinical/ counselling psychologist or psychological therapist to an innovative post, which will support the implementation of the Transformation programme in Tower Hamlets, with a focus on Complex Emotional Needs (complex mental health difficulties associated with a diagnosis of personality disorder).

Main duties of the job

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, experience in supervision and team support but also a flexible and creative approach to psychological interventions in community settings. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with the development of new pathways of care for people with complex needs and the successful candidate will benefit from continuing professional development in trauma-informed practice.The postholder will have the opportunity to engage with service development and must have experience in developing and facilitating group psychological interventions. The role also involves developing partnerships across local community groups to promote social connections, community engagement and participation. The postholder will contribute to staff training and provide support (supervision, informal, ad hoc, and formal consultation) to other psychological therapists, mental health practitioners, GPs, community workers, carers and people with lived experience of mental distress.

About us

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.

Job description Job responsibilities

We aim to develop and deliver our services through co-production with people with lived experience. The department has an excellent relationship with People Participation and Tower Hamlets Recovery College. We would expect you to be fully committed to partnership working and co-production.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.

Person Specification Education/Qualification Essential
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • Registered with Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC
  • Have an NHS Core Profession (Nurse, Allied Health Profession, Medical Doctor, Social Worker) or demonstrable equivalent knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) or Doctorate in Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS
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
  • Experience of supervising or mentoring psychological therapists and/or psychologists
  • 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 facilitating group therapies and group psychological interventions
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.

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