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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Mental Health
Band 8a
37.5 hours per week
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NEW AMH Specialist Psychotherapy Resources Unit
£47,078 to £54,633 per annum, Inc HCA
03/03/2019 23:59
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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.

Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist (1wte/37.5hours per week, Band 8a)

We are looking for a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to work in our Integrative Therapy team in Newham Secondary Care Psychological Services. Newham is well known for its innovative and responsive mental health services. The staff in the Borough are committed to a service approach for people with mental health problems, emphasizing community based interventions, psychological therapeutic approaches in all settings and user involvement in all aspects of care.

The Borough is exceptionally rich in ethnic and cultural diversity and this, together with extensive regeneration projects makes it a vibrant place to live and work. Psychological services in the Borough deliver a highly regarded service to a number of primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. Reflective practice, innovation and CPD are actively encouraged. The service has excellent relationships with the regional training courses and is regularly involved in both supervision and teaching.

We are a Step 4, secondary care service which aims to meet the psychological needs of users of mental health services who have complex and severe mental health problems. Psychologists in the service are working jointly with other staff from health and social services settings to deliver a comprehensive, co-ordinated and culturally competent psychological service. The service aims to lead in creating a psychologically literate workforce across services in the London Borough of Newham and to bring a psychological perspective to the work of individuals, teams and systems. It focuses both on evidence-based clinical excellence and developing practice-based evidence relevant to meeting the needs of a very diverse population.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical /Counselling psychologist with skills in Integrative therapy to contribute to the provision of therapies in our Psychotherapy Service. You will be joining a vibrant team of psychological practitioners & contributing to a high quality clinical service using a variety of therapeutic models with an approach which takes into account the social, economic and political context of psychological problems and considers the impact on mental health of socio-economic deprivation, difference, discrimination and racism.
The post holder will be responsible for delivering individual and group interventions to service users presenting with severe and enduring psychological difficulties, in particular personality disorder diagnoses and childhood trauma, as well as complex anxiety and depression and psychosis. Clients here present with complex and severe difficulties and may often find access to their thoughts a challenge, and they may struggle to complete homework. Moreover they may often present in states of extreme emotional distress or dysregulation which will require attention to emotional regulation and grounding work. The relationship with the therapist is highly important. Clinical work draws on integrative approaches, including some CBT third-wave approaches, in particular schema therapy, mindfulness, ACT and also allows for flexibility in combining other models according to client need such as more psychodynamically oriented approaches. There are many opportunities for working with complex trauma. Applying psychotherapy in this context can be both a challenging and rewarding experience.

Specialist skills in integrating therapeutic models are essential, along with experience of delivering therapy in complex presentations in an NHS setting. The post holder will work in the Integrative team, and alongside other therapists in the service representing CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Systemic Therapy, as well as specialist therapy teams and MDT colleagues in secondary care. Knowledge and skills around risk assessment and management and liaison and coordination with parts of the mental health system are therefore important. Please review the essential components of the Person Specification for this post.


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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

For further information contact Dr Andrew Higginbotham Lead for Integrative Psychotherapy, or Gosia Fijak-Koch, Referrals Coordinator

Telephone Number: 0208 221 6000

If you have problems applying, contact

0207 655 4165