Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Band 7

Main area
Mental Health
Band 7
Fixed Term Untill Sep 2019
Full Time 37.5 Hours per week
Job ref
Psychotherapy Service, 409. High Street, Stratford, London
£37,886 to £47,705 pa HCA Inc.
02/08/2018 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.


Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist  (1 wte Band 7)

We are looking for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in our Newham Secondary Care Psychological Services to provide cover for a member of staff going on temporary secondment to another service. Newham is well known for its innovative and responsive mental health services. The staff in the Borough are committed to a service approach for people with mental health problems, emphasizing community based interventions, psychological therapeutic approaches in all settings and user involvement in all aspects of care. The Borough is exceptionally rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and this, together with extensive regeneration projects makes it a vibrant place to live and work. Psychological services in the Borough deliver a highly regarded service to a number of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Reflective practice, innovation and CPD are actively encouraged. The service has excellent relationships with the regional training courses and is regularly involved in both supervision and teaching.

We are a Step 4, secondary care service which aims to meet the psychological needs of users of mental health services who have complex and severe mental health problems. Psychologists in the service are working jointly with other staff from health and social services settings to deliver a comprehensive, co-ordinated and culturally competent psychological service. The service aims to lead in creating a psychologically literate workforce across services in the London Borough of Newham and to bring a psychological perspective to the work of individuals, teams and systems. It focuses both on evidence-based clinical excellence and developing practice-based evidence relevant to meeting the needs of a very diverse population.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical /Counselling psychologist with skills in Integrative therapy to contribute to the provision of therapies in our Boroughwide Specialist Psychotherapy Service. You will be joining a vibrant team of psychological practitioners & contributing to a high quality clinical service using a variety of therapeutic models with an approach which takes into account the social, economic and political context of psychological problems and considers the impact on mental health of socio-economic deprivation, difference, discrimination and racism.

The post holder will be responsible for delivering individual and group interventions to service users presenting with severe and enduring psychological difficulties, in particular personality disorder and childhood trauma, as well as complex anxiety and depression and psychosis. Clients here present with complex and severe difficulties and may often find access to their thoughts a challenge, and they may struggle to complete homework. Moreover they may often present in states of extreme emotional distress or dysregulation which will require attention to emotional regulation and grounding work. The relationship with the therapist is highly important. Clinical work draws on integrative approaches, including some CBT third-wave approaches, in particular schema therapy, mindfulness, ACT and also allows for flexibility in combining other models according to client need such as more psychodynamically oriented approaches. There are many opportunities for working with complex trauma. Applying psychotherapy in this context can be both a challenging and rewarding experience.

Specialist skills in integrating therapeutic models are essential, along with experience of delivering therapy in complex presentations. The post holder will work in the Integrative team, and alongside other therapists in the service representing CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Systemic Therapy, as well as specialist therapy teams and MDT colleagues.

Interview Date: Monday 13th August

For further information contact Dr Andrew Higginbotham  Lead for Integrative Psychotherapy
0208 221 6000 

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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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Andrew Higginbotham, telephone 0207 221 6000, email

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