Clinical Psychologist – Early Intervention Service, Beds and Luton

Band 8b

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Band 8b
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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BED Early Interventon Cwide, Admin Block Twinwoods Resource Centre Milton Road Clapham Beds MK41 6AT
£47,092 to £58,217 pa
30/06/2018 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.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated clinical psychologist to coordinate a high quality specialist clinical psychology service within the Early Intervention in Psychosis Service in Luton and Bedfordshire. This provides an exciting opportunity to be part of a dynamic, psychologically-minded and dedicated multi-disciplinary team. We have developed a responsive and flexible psychology service which is fully integrated into the MDT and at the heart of strategic and operational planning. The team culture embraces psychological perspectives and welcomes psychology at its centre. The EI Service has recently extended the age range up to age 65 and has opened a Care Coordinated At Risk Mental State Service, in line with new standards of care. We are looking for a psychologist to join us as we move forward in these new ventures.

Applicants should have excellent knowledge and skills in assessment, formulation and treatment of psychosis and associated presentations. We therefore are looking for someone who has had substantial experience of working in a multi-disciplinary setting with people with psychosis and complex mental health issues. The post holder will hold a clinical caseload and they will provide supervision to the other 8A Clinical Psychologists in the service and to members of the team who are practicing psychological therapies. You will also be responsible for coordinating and providing specialist teaching and consultation for the team. The post holder will be a member of the teams Strategy Group and thus contribute to the on-going development of psychologically informed services and care. To this end, you will maintain robust systems for monitoring and auditing the effectiveness of the psychology service. Regular specialist clinical and professional supervision will be provided from a Consultant Clinical Psychologist.

Psychology and psychological therapies are valued within the Trust, with internal and external opportunities for specialist training and supervision relevant to the client group. Training in leadership and Quality Improvement are also available and strongly supported within psychology, with local successful projects having resulted in significant improvements in access times. The Trust has an excellent track record of meaningful service user participation and co-production, and psychology is involved in exciting initiatives such as the development of the Recovery College. Living in Bedfordshire and surrounds offers an affordable quality of life with excellent road, rail and air links to the rest of the UK and Europe.

Interviews will be held 16 July 2018

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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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Patricia Huibers on 01234 315690 or 07393 762637.

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