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Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 395-WF154-19

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Adult Mental Health Psychology
Ferguson Centre, Waltham Forest, Walthamstow
£37,570 - £43,772 pa pro rata (plus HCAS)

Do you want to be part of an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking to appoint people who are as passionate about high quality care as we are.

NELFT provides award winning community and mental healthcare for over 2 million people. We work to ensure our patients, their friends and family, feel confident that their health needs are well met. With an excellent reputation for research and development, our skilled health professionals are at the cutting edge of evidence-based innovation, opening up the possibilities for better ways of working and delivery of care.

We are committed to the delivering the best care for our patients. The successful candidate will share this commitment and demonstrate our Trust values.

We are committed to continuous learning to improve patient outcomes so this means that we are also committed to the professional development of our workforce. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to grow and progress within NELFT, so take the first step on this journey by joining us now.

An opportunity has arisen for a vibrant, suitably qualified, HCPC registered Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our dynamic Mood Anxiety and Personality (MAP) secondary care adult mental health psychology service. The post is a permanent contract for a part-time post (0.5 WTE) secondary care (non-psychosis) psychology service in Waltham Forest. This post also involves carrying out assessments and therapy interventions, consultation and supervision to members of the multi-disciplinary teams. You will join a friendly, collaborative and supportive team in delivering time-limited and structured individual and group psychological interventions to adults with complex mental health difficulties.

The service is committed to delivering a creative, evidence based service, responsive to the needs of our service users, and to working effectively with multi-disciplinary teams. The post holder will receive supervision from a senior psychologist and we are committed to supporting identified training and practice development needs.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic clinician to join the MAP care pathway in Waltham Forest. Experience of psychological assessment and treatment of clients with secondary care mental health problems within the NHS is essential. A keen interest in working with this client group is essential as well as the ability to apply evidence-based psychological therapy approaches and work with autonomy and flexibility.

Additional specialist training in advanced therapy skills, such as CBT, as well as experience in teaching and delivering training, would be desirable. Experience and/or interest in setting up, running and/or co-facilitating groups, including interventions for clients presenting with difficulties around anger management and emotional control would be desirable. Our Psychology Service is active in promoting personal development through in-house training opportunities and external trainings.

We have good links with the three clinical psychology universities in North London, and regularly offer trainee placements to other courses including counselling psychology and counselling and psychotherapy training institutes.

The post holder will join a well-established and supportive group of psychologists offering outpatient psychological therapy in secondary care. The group includes people with skills in Compassion Focussed Therapy, CAT, Schema Focussed Therapy, Mindfulness and EMDR – as well as specialist CBT.

A number of psychologists have, or are working towards, BABCP accreditation and this is supported by the service through supervision and training.

You will have the opportunity to join with us in on-going service development and improvement initiatives.

Applicants should:

  1. Have a doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council
  2. Be able to provide a highly skilled psychological service to clients with secondary care (non-psychosis) mental health difficulties. Duties include: psychological assessment, and therapeutic interventions (individual and group) to adults with complex mental health difficulties. This role will include the provision of enhanced specialist psychological clinical assessment, evidence-based therapeutic interventions, and psycho-education, working within the policies, procedures and protocols applicable to the service.
  3. Have highly developed skills in the assessment and management of clinical risk and mental health conditions, and to undertake risk assessments and risk management for patients with complex mental health conditions providing expert advice to colleagues on the psychological aspects of risk assessment and its management and effectively documented in a timely manner when needed.
  4. Deliver a culturally and ethically sensitive, equitable psychological therapy service to all minority groups regardless of race and ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, culture, religion, and disability; to include service users in the design and delivery of the service.
  5. To work closely with multidisciplinary members of other mental health teams ensure effective multi-professional communication and decision making.
  6. To offer advice and consultation on patients’ psychological care to psychology and non-psychology colleagues and to other, non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the service’s policies and procedures.
  7. To contribute to the support of trainee clinical or counselling psychologists or psychotherapy/ counselling trainees on accredited training courses.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Assessment/Interview info

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are shortlisted, invited for interview and successfully offered the post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportuni

As an employee of NELFT, you will receive the following benefits:

  • Excellent working environments
  • Agile working with outstanding ICT support
  • A award-winning approach to Equality and Diversity with supportive networks for ethnic minority staff, staff with disabilities and LGBT staff
  • Staff Benefits including NHS Pension, a salary sacrifice car scheme, discount schemes, cycle scheme and Annual Leave Sale / Purchase scheme, trade union membership
  • A focus on staff health and wellbeing featuring subsidised gym membership, access to Mindfulness, walking groups and other wellbeing support.

We have signed the skills pledge and are an accredited Improving Working Lives organisation. We are committed to staff development and offer opportunities which include a wide range of training options and an active Quality Improvement Programme

We are committed to equal opportunities and diversity, are Disability Confident and therefore welcome applications from all sections of the community, people of all protected characteristics. We wish to reiterate that declaring a disability at the point of application, or at any point in a recruitment or selection process, will not count against any individual, nor prevent them from being shortlisted, subject to meeting the minimum criteria of the person specification.

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In the event of a high number of responses to any advert, NELFT reserves the right to close the vacancy early. .

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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.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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