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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 04/12/2019.

Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 334-LAM-2110568-TRAC

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Lambeth Hospital, Lambeth
£44,347 - £50,549 per annum inc

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation. We deliver specialist services in the London boroughs of Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark, Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich.

We are committed to providing high quality and specialist care to our service users and we are recognised for the care and treatment we provide. The Care Quality Commission already rates our services as ‘good’.

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We take pride in providing specialist care to our service users, where our Trust values and our promise to be caring, kind, polite, prompt, honest, listen and do what I say I’m going to do, is at the heart of everything we do. When you join us, you’ll be part of something special.

The multi award-winning Psychology in Hostels Service from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) is recruiting a Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to an exciting new NHS England (NHSE) funded 5-year pilot project to develop creative new ways of working with multiply disadvantaged and excluded homeless populations.

With homeless figures continuing to rise and the NHS Long Term Plan (2019) recognising the need for better physical and mental health interventions for those experiencing homelessness; new NHS England funding will support the London Borough of Lambeth to develop multi-disciplinary teams to develop new coordinated models of care. This innovative pioneering pilot project aims to ensure that rough sleepers have better access to NHS mental health support by joining up existing outreach, accommodation, drug and alcohol and physical healthcare services and evaluating a new integrated service delivery model.

This NHSE-Lambeth project aims to develop new models of care to support a population who have traditionally fallen through the cracks between other service or for whom existing provision has failed in some way. The client group have high levels of complex needs, often including: complex trauma, interpersonal difficulties / personality disorder, substance misuse issues, poor physical health, head injury and other often undiagnosed neurological difficulties, anti-social behaviour, self-harm and a history of offending.

As national leaders in delivering Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) and Trauma Informed Care (TIC), Psychology in Hostels Service have an existing track record in developing new ways of working to reach the most excluded populations in society. This has been recognised by funding from NHS England and two PHE grants currently being recruited to. A PIE takes into consideration how the psychological and emotional needs of the clients are affected by the environments they inhabit; the approach adopted by hostel and outreach staff, training and support offered; the psychology specific interventions delivered and the integration of psychological and trauma informed approaches to the design of services.

The current PIE psychology model uses Mentalization-Based Treatment (MBT) as well as other evidence-based treatments for working with complex needs populations (Incl. DBT, CBT, Psychodynamic, Narrative & Systemic). Here we aim to facilitate recovery by improving mental health and wellbeing, working with anti-social and chaotic behaviours, increasing engagement, reducing repeated evictions and abandonments and other negative outcomes for the clients.

The postholder will be based within the Lambeth Rough Sleeper and Vulnerable Adults Accommodation Pathway. This post will sit within new multi-agency MDT and involve close partnership work with third sector homeless partners and other local health and social care teams. The post will also nest within and receive managerial and supervisory support from the wider Psychology in Hostels Team based across Lambeth and Westminster . When these new posts are recruited to, the Psychology in Hostels team will consist of - three Specialist Clinical Psychologists, three Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologists, an Art Therapist, a (Principal) Clinical Lead and Head of Service, as well as honorary placement students and trainee clinical psychologists. The wider project will also be supported by operational and stakeholder Steering Groups.

We are part of one of the largest mental health NHS Trusts in the UK with good access to research and teaching facilities. The Trust provides support to further professional development and encourages R&D activity.

You will need a Doctoral level qualification, or equivalent, in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, be registered by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and be eligible for BPS chartered status


For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Emma Williamson (Clinical Lead & Head of Service, Psychology in Hostels Project)


Tel: 07794053137

The Trust is committed to providing services which embrace diversity and that promote equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident Employer, we welcome applicants from all sections of the community and people of all protected characteristics. We provide reasonable adjustments for candidates with a disability and are committed to treating people fairly with compassion, respect and dignity and in promoting equality and human rights. We aim to put this commitment into practice by:

  • Embedding our commitment to tackling inequality, eliminating discrimination and harassment; promoting equality of opportunity and fostering good relations in our everyday practice
  • Ensuring that all our services and all staff understand and support our commitment
  • We believe that people who use our services, their carers and our staff, should be treated with compassion, respect and dignity

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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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