Clinical Psychologists - Community Mental Health Teams - Biggleswade / Bedford

Band 8a

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Band 8a
Full time 35.7 hours and Part Time 18.75 hours per week
Job ref
BED Adult Psychology
£40,428 to £48,514 pa
26/02/2018 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 enthusiastic Clinical or Counselling Psychologists or Psychological Therapists to work in our Adult Community Mental Health Teams in Bedfordshire. We have a 0.5 vacancy in our Biggleswade CMHT and a 0.5 wte vacancy in our Bedford CMHTs. We would therefore welcome applicants seeking both full time and part time employment.  The post-holder will provide specialist evidence-based psychological assessment and intervention for people with a range of complex mental health needs. They will work alongside multidisciplinary professionals in the CMHT to ensure safe and coordinated care, and actively contribute to service development within teams.

The post holder will be interested in developing and delivering innovative approaches to the provision of psychology services in secondary care, and contribute to a positive holistic and person-centred culture within services. They will have good clinical and service evaluation skills, and be ready to join an innovative and efficient service. They will provide clinical supervision to multidisciplinary members of the team engaged in training and to help steer the team to psychological understanding of their clients and the development of psychologically informed services. They will also support the work of other psychology staff through supervision and training.

Our services in Luton and Bedfordshire have been undergoing significant transformation since East London Foundation Trust became the provider in April 2015. The Trust was rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC in 2016, and boasts a nationally and internationally recognised Quality Improvement programme with which psychology works closely. We would particularly welcome people who have a strong interest in creative and innovative service improvement. As a large Trust across Bedfordshire, Luton and East London we also have teaching, training and research links with a number of universities (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, UEL and UCL).

We also invite applications from newly-qualified psychologists who have relevant experience in working age CMHTs and applications from people who have a postgraduate level training in a recognised model of psychological therapy and relevant clinical experience.  For candidates who don’t fully meet the criteria for an 8a appointment we would consider appointing at Band 7

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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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Sam VAUGHAN, telephone 07775 603008, email

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