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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 05/12/2019.

Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 334-LAM-2110604-TRAC

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
Lambeth Operational Directorate
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’.

Our Values

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 to several exciting new roles funded by Public Health England (PHE) to develop creative new ways of working with multiply disadvantaged and excluded homeless populations.

Be part of a truly innovative pioneering pilot intervention. This vacancy is for two Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologist that will be part of a larger recruitment drive for several groundbreaking projects. The posts will sit within new multi-agency MDTs of addiction staff, nurses, peer support workers, GPs and psychiatry. The projects will also involve close partnership work with a selection of third sector homeless partners and other health and social care teams.

As national leaders in delivering Psychologically Informed Environments (PIE) and Trauma Informed Practice (TIP) we have a proven track record in developing new ways of working to reach the most excluded populations in society. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to develop innovative PIE and trauma informed outreach teams, assessment centres or hostel-based trauma informed addictions provision.

The projects aim 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 including: complex trauma, interpersonal difficulties / personality disorder coupled with substance misuse issues, poor physical health, head injury and other often undiagnosed neurological difficulties, anti-social behaviour, self-harm and an offending history.

A PIE takes into consideration how the psychological and emotional needs of the clients are affected by the environments they inhabit; hostel and outreach staff’s approach, training and support; the psychology specific interventions offered 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.


Depending on the project, the postholder will either be based within the Lambeth Rough Sleeper Hostels primarily in Waterloo and Vauxhall or across the City of Westminster. These posts will sit within their own project teams but also nest within the wider Psychology in Hostels Team based across Lambeth and Westminster which has been running for the past eight years. When these new posts are recruited to, this 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 postholder will be supervised and supported by the Psychology in Hostels team and 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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  • That all applications for this post will need to be made online
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  • SLaM is a Stonewall Diversity Champion , Stonewall is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans (LGBT) rights charity in Europe’

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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