Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Band 8b

Main area
Band 8b
Part time 22.5 hours per week
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LUT JADE PICU, The Luton Adult Mental Health Wards, Calnwood Road, Luton
£47,798 to £59,964 pa
01/08/2018 23:59
Interview date

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.


We are seeking a highly creative and clinically experienced psychologist to work as part of our Inpatient Psychology Service for Luton adult mental health services.

Services in Luton and Bedfordshire have been undergoing a significant transformation since being provided by East London Foundation Trust in April 2015. Rated by the CQC in 2016 as Outstanding, the Trust is ambitious in its vision for services, and has an inspiring Quality Improvement programme recognised nationally and internationally.

This is an exciting post aimed at delivering a comprehensive psychological service across four inpatient units in Luton. Alongside their own clinical work, the post holder will supervise Band 8a psychologists and an assistant psychologist in order to support the provision of a psychological perspective to multidisciplinary service development and delivery. We are looking for candidates who will embrace innovation and be able to engage the psychology workforce and multidisciplinary colleagues in reviewing pathways to meet the needs of our service users.

Luton is a diverse community with many service users who have complex needs. An ability to develop good working relationships with both statutory and non-statutory service providers will be crucial. Experience in supervision, consultation, leadership, and service development is essential, along with highly developed clinical skills in assessment and intervention for people presenting in secondary care mental health services. There will be plenty of opportunities to work on service development and improvement projects as part of this role.

We welcome applications from candidates who are ready to take the next step in their career progression by moving up to an 8b post who may have significant experience in areas outside of inpatient psychology services, but whose skills will be a good fit to the demands of this post.

Luton boasts excellent transport links by road, rail and air, and the post offers first class personal and professional development opportunities in an award-winning Trust. The post will benefit from a Trust-wide governance network of senior psychologists/psychotherapists leading services from a variety of theoretical models and with a wealth of service delivery expertise.

To discuss this post further, please contact Tim Sporle, Lead for Adult Mental Health Services in Luton on 07825 009 156, or Helen Donovan, Professional Lead for Psychology in Bedfordshire and Luton on 07583 157345. The closing date for applications will be 1st August 2018 with interviews to be held in early August.

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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

Timothy SPORLE, telephone 01582705726, email

If you have problems applying, contact

0207 655 4158