Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Mental Health
Band 8a
Full Time 37.5 Hours per week
Job ref
TH Bow & Poplar Community Mental Health Team
Bow and Poplar CMHT, 51 Three Colts Lane
£46,897 to £54,983 pa HCA Inc.
05/06/2018 23:59

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare, HSJ Provider Trust of the Year and graded as Outstanding by our regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2016. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.


East London NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Outstanding overall by the Care Quality Commission and is one of the first NHS providers of mental health services to be awarded top ratings. Tower Hamlets is looking to recruit a highly motivated HCPC-registered Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to a Band 8a post at our Bow & Poplar CMHT locality. On the application, candidates need to be able to demonstrate their competence in the administration and interpretation of cognitive and neuropsychological assessments.

The post would work alongside a Principal Clinical Psychologist in providing the lead for psychology in the team. The post would be responsible for the supervision of a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist.  

The post would be suitable for an experienced Psychologist keen to take on the challenges of working in a diverse borough with very complex patients. Candidates should have an interest in and experience of working with severe and enduring mental illness and high comorbidity, with clients from a range of religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and working with staff teams to deliver psychologically informed care.

In collaboration with more senior staff the candidate will contribute to staff training and provide psychological advice (informal, ad hoc, and formal consultation) to other staff and support to service user family members.

In addition to membership of the above team the successful candidate will be closely involved with the Department of Adult Mental Health Psychology, under whose governance you will experience continuing professional development, including regular specific psychological training and liaison with North Thames Clinical Psychology Doctorate courses. Within this lively and enthusiastic Adult Community Psychology Team a range of approaches is promoted, including CBT, CFT, CAT and psychodynamic, supported by strong peer and specialist supervision.

For further information contact Dr Rhona Howitt, Deputy Lead, Tower Hamlets Adult MDT Psychology,, 0208 121 5416 or Marek Rodgers, Operational Lead, Bow & Poplar CMHT,, 020 3487 1350.


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Marek Rodgers, telephone 020 3487 1350, email

If you have problems applying, contact

0207 655 4127