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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
NELFT NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and community services for over 4.9 million people living in the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, Havering, and across Essex and Kent.
We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.
Clinical/Counselling Psychlogist - Waltham Forest MH Services L3
Closed for applications on: 19-Aug-2022 00:00
Vacancy status: Closed
Closed for applications on: 19-Aug-2022 00:00
- South Forest Centre
- 21 Thorne Close
- E11 4HU
- Major / Minor Region
Contract type & working pattern
- Full time - 37.5 hours per week
- £41,659 - £47,672 pa (plus HCAS)
- Salary period
- (Band 7)
- Main area
- Clinical Psychology
Do you want to be part of an innovative organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.
Here at NELFT, embracing a Just and Compassionate Culture is our commitment to our colleagues and to our patients that we will support and promote a culture based on fairness, respect, honesty, and trust, ensuring that we have consistent leadership behaviours and styles across the Trust. Our vision is to create an engaging place to work in partnership, where we value diverse perspectives and work in an environment in which you feel valued, supported, understood, and developed. Our professional relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and honesty. We are committed to welcoming and making everyone feel valued here at NELFT.
We embrace continuous learning to improve patient outcomes and we provide outstanding professional development opportunities for our workforce. If you want to grow and progress your career with an organisation that values it’s people, take the first step on an exciting career journey and join us today.
An opportunity has arisen for a vibrant, suitably qualified, HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our dynamic Mood Anxiety and Personality (MAP) secondary care adult mental health psychology service. The post is a permanent, full-time post (1.0 WTE) secondary care (non-psychosis) psychology service in Waltham Forest.
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic clinician to join the MAP care pathway in Waltham Forest. Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with secondary care mental health problems within the NHS is essential. A keen interest in working with this client group is essential as well as the ability to apply evidence-based psychological therapy approaches and work with autonomy and flexibility.
Additional specialist training in advanced therapy skills, such as CBT, as well as experience in teaching and delivering training, would be desirable. Experience and/or interest in setting up, running and/or co-facilitating groups would be desirable.
The post holder will join a well-established and supportive group of psychologists offering outpatient psychological therapy in secondary care. The group includes people with skills in Compassion Focussed Therapy, CAT, Schema Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness and EMDR – as well as specialist CBT.
This post also involves carrying out psychological assessments and interventions, offering consultation and supervision to psychologists and members of the multi-disciplinary teams. You will join a friendly, collaborative and supportive team in delivering time-limited and structured individual and group psychological interventions to adults with complex mental health difficulties.
A number of psychologists have, or are working towards, BABCP accreditation and this is supported by the service through supervision and training.
You will have the opportunity to join with us in on-going service development and improvement initiatives.
Working for our organisation
The service is committed to delivering a creative, evidence based service, responsive to the needs of our service users, and to working effectively with multi-disciplinary teams. The post holder will receive supervision from a senior psychologist and we are committed to supporting identified training and practice development needs.
Our Psychology Service is active in promoting personal development through in-house training opportunities and external trainings.
We have good links with the three clinical psychology universities in North London, and regularly offer trainee placements to other courses including counselling psychology and counselling and psychotherapy training institutes.
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
1. Have a doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
2. Be able to provide a highly skilled psychological service to clients with secondary care (non-psychosis) mental health difficulties. Duties include: psychological assessment, and therapeutic interventions (individual and group) to adults with complex mental health difficulties. This role will include the provision of enhanced specialist psychological clinical assessment, evidence-based therapeutic interventions, and psycho-education, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.
3. Have highly developed skills in the assessment and management of clinical risk and mental health conditions, and to undertake risk assessments and risk management for patients with complex mental health conditions providing expert advice to colleagues on the psychological aspects of risk assessment and its management and effectively documented in a timely manner when needed.
4. Deliver a culturally and ethically sensitive, equitable psychological therapy service to all minority groups regardless of race and ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and disability; to include service users in the design and delivery of the service.
5. To work closely with multidisciplinary members of other mental health teams ensure effective multi-professional communication and decision making.
6. To offer advice and consultation on patients’ psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service’s policies and procedures.
7. To contribute to the support of trainee clinical or counselling psychologists or psychotherapy/ counselling trainees on accredited training courses.
Please refer to the Job Description & Person Specification attachment.
This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).
At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.
Starting with NELFT
NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction.
High Cost Area Supplement - London
This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (minimum payment of £3,898 and a maximum payment of £4,967).
The successful applicant will be an NHS employee and may therefore have contact with vulnerable service users. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been necessary to take significant steps to protect the health and safety of our staff, service users and those attending our sites. To comply with our duty of care, we require our staff to have the COVID vaccine and we will ask for proof of vaccination during the recruitment process. Vaccination will be a condition of employment unless an exemption applies.
We believe in bringing your authentic and best self to work, in order to provide the best care to our patients. We are committed to supporting our employees holistically. Here is a snapshot of what is on offer at NELFT:
- A long-standing and award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
- A commitment to supporting our staff achieve a work life balance, through flexible working opportunities and our efforts to support our working parents and carers. This has resulted in us being recognised as a ‘Top 10 Family Friendly Employer’ from Working Families charity
- Proactive health and wellbeing support, including access to our KeepingWell hub, staff psychological support, individual wellbeing conversations and a network of health and wellbeing ambassadors
As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that’s job share, part time or another flexible pattern.
Supporting our Armed Forces
We recognise the valuable contribution that the Armed Forces community make to our organisation. We have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and achieved Gold Award under the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Scheme. We have supportive policies, guaranteed interview schemes for veterans. reservists and military spouses, and give additional leave to our Reservists so that they can attend their annual camp.
Equal opportunities employer
We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity and positively encourage applications from all sections of the community regardless of any protected characteristic.
We are a Disability Confident employer and have made the pledge to commit to employing more people with disabilities. If you require this application in another format i.e Braille or audio tape please contact the recruitment team on 0300 300 1530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Correspondence with us
You are advised to regularly check your emails (including any junk mail/spam folders) for correspondence related to this post.
In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. If you do not hear from us within three weeks of the closing date then please assume you have not been successful on this occasion.
You start will be on the first Monday of the month unless otherwise agreed. Further details of our induction will be sent with your offer letter,
You must have appropriate UK professional registration.
This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.
A.C> as per Person Spec
- Skills / Abilities
Further details / informal visits contact
- Edward Bloomfield
- Job title
- Clinical Psychologist
- Email address
- Telephone number
- 0300 555 1267