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Principal Clinical Psychologist

Job Reference: 363-CH5159

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
C&H Learning Disabilities, LONDON
£59,083 to £67,760 per annum, inc HCA

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.

City and Hackney Integrated Learning Disability Service (ILDS)
East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT)


Principal Clinical Psychologist (8B)
Full time (1.0 WTE)


Location: City and Hackney Integrated Learning Disabilities Service, Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, London


We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, self-motivated Psychologist for the Lead Psychologist position in our dynamic, multi-disciplinary community learning disabilities service. The service provides specialist health and social care services for adults with learning disabilities across City and Hackney.


The role will involve acting as the day to day lead for psychological therapies within the service, representing psychology within the service and supervising more junior members of the psychological therapies and behaviour specialist team. Psychology works across each of the care programmes within the service, with a specific focus on mental health and challenging behaviour, in addition to providing assessment and training, and supporting service and organisational development.


As part of the role there will be opportunities to participate in innovative quality improvement service development projects. There are good links with other psychologists working in learning disabilities services in the three other learning disabilities services within ELFT, allowing for opportunities to influence innovation at a wider Trust level. Regular supervision will be provided by the Trust Lead Psychologist for Learning Disabilities. The Service and the Trust is committed to continuous professional development with access to internal and external training opportunities.


The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently, as well as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and to be able to manage a varied and complex caseload. They will actively engage in direct clinical work and support the development of others in the team.


This post falls within the Criminal Records Disclosure Policy and therefore a criminal record check will be applied for, for successful candidate.

For further details / informal visits contact:

For further details / informal visits contact:
Dr Jason Crabtree, Consultant Clinical Psychologist on 0207 771 5537 or

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 2018. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission to improve the quality of life of all we serve, 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.

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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, Luton and psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond.

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Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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