Principal Clinical Psychologist

Band 8b

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Band 8b
Full time 37.5 hours per week
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Adult Psychology, Bedford Hospital Kempston Road Bedford MK42 9DJ
£47,798 to £59,964 pa
29/07/2018 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 seeking an expert clinician with a drive for service improvement through collaboration to join expanding Psychiatric Liaison and Crisis Services in Bedford. As a senior clinician in the multidisciplinary teams, you will lead in the team on the multi-agency project to provide more effective support for those people frequently attending A&E. You will have a varied role balancing direct and indirect involvement, providing specialist psychological assessment and formulation, consultation, supervision and training to others to increase psychological perspectives in teams and systems.

The Trust provides both mental and physical health services in the county, and as a psychologist within PLS services, you will work at the interface of these and be part of a psychological workforce across community and hospital services. Opportunities for CPD in leadership, quality improvement, and clinical specialism relevant to role are strongly supported, and psychology is well respected across services.

Living in Bedfordshire and surrounds provides great value standard of living with close proximity to road, rail and air links to London, the rest of the UK, and Europe. For further information, please contact Helen Donovan (Professional Lead, Psychological Therapies for Bedfordshire and Luton).

Interviews will be held 7 August 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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Further details / informal visits contact

Helen DONOVAN, telephone 07583 157345, email

If you have problems applying, contact

0207 655 4158