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Principal Clinical Psychologist - Psychiatric Inpatient Service

Band 8b

Main area
Band 8b
22.5 hours per week
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Oakley Court Angel Close Luton Beds
£52,306 to £60,983 pa
30/09/2019 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.

We are seeking an experienced psychologist with excellent clinical skills and a strong drive for working collaboratively as part of teams and systems to develop and improve services. The Principal Clinical Psychologist role provides senior clinical and strategic input for our inpatient wards based in Luton and Houghton Regis, providing services for adults with complex and severe mental health difficulties. The successful applicant will be experienced in working with this client group, and have a track record of working to develop and support multidisciplinary approaches and pathways. We will also consider applicants who are interested in part-time arrangements.

There may be an opportunity for the successful candidate to work an extra day for our Court Liaison and Diversion team which is running a successful testbed for psychological interventions for Mental Health Treatment Requirements. 

The post-holder will have had experience of working in acute inpatient settings. We are looking for someone with sufficient experience and the clinical confidence to work independently and to make rapid and well-informed clinical judgements. The successful applicant will have excellent assessment and formulation skills. We are also seeking a candidate who is committed and comfortable working in a multi-disciplinary setting and who can offer advice and consultation to other professional colleagues. The post-holder will be expected to contribute to staff training, reflective practice groups and staff support. Part of the role will involve the supervision of qualified, trainee and pre-qualified psychology staff, and training and supervision of multidisciplinary colleagues in the provision of psychosocial interventions. The psychologist will also work closely with psychology colleagues in the CMHTs and other specialist community teams to ensure efficient patient care pathways and care planning. They will also be expected to bring strategic ideas to support the development of the acute psychology service. This is an exciting opportunity for career development alongside a great team of dedicated psychologists and mental health professionals.
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.




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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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Sam VAUGHAN, telephone 07775 603008, email