Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

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Band 8a
Full time 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
LUT Adult Psychology
£40,428 to £48,514 pa
10/06/2018 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 seeking enthusiastic psychologists with experience of working in secondary multidisciplinary Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) and / or inpatient settings for our services based in Luton. We have 1.5wte vacant posts in inpatient services and 0.5wte vacant posts in CMHT. We welcome applicants seeking both full time and part time employment. We would be able to create posts that have a combination of working in both CMHT and inpatient settings depending on applicants interests and the number of applicants who we are able to appoint. The roles would particularly suit clinicians with a passion for working with diverse cultures and finding innovative ways of delivering services to communities with significant social challenges. We would encourage psychologists who speak other languages in addition to English to apply.

The roles provide direct clinical services to individuals, families and groups for people presenting with a range of complex mental health difficulties requiring support from multidisciplinary teams. Other key elements of the roles include consultation, teaching and supervision to other professional groups. There are opportunities for working in co-production with our service users and carers. Our psychologists/therapists work from a variety of evidence-based models and we support internal and external training and supervision in a range of therapies including CBT, EMDR, CAT, Systemic and DBT.

We welcome applications from nearly or newly qualified psychologists, who could be appointed at a lower band with a view to supporting development toward 8a posts.

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).

Interviews will be held week commencing 25/05/2018.

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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

Tim Sporle, telephone 01582705726, email timothy.sporle@nhs.net

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