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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 26/02/2020.

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychological Therapist

Job Reference: 363-LB5833-C

East London NHS Foundation Trust
Mental Health
£44,606 to £50,819 pa

This is an exciting time for ELFT. Our vision is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive – so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist or Psychological Therapist – Ampthill CMHT

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated psychologist to work in our Adult Community Mental Health Team in Ampthill. The vacancy is for a 0.5 wte position. There are opportunities to combine this with other 0.5 wte psychology roles in our area so we would welcome applicants seeking both full time and part time employment.

The post-holder will provide specialist evidence-based psychological assessment, formulation and intervention for people with a range of complex mental health needs, including individual, couple/family and group interventions. They will possess an enthusiasm for multidisciplinary team working and the skills to help steer the team to psychological understanding of their clients and the development of psychologically informed services. The team values the role of Psychologists highly and, as such, the role is multifaceted and includes consultation, teaching, and supervision roles, as well as active involvement in quality improvement projects, staff support initiatives and wider Trust initiatives. We are therefore looking for someone with good knowledge and skills within these domains, and someone who is ready to join an innovative and efficient service.

Psychologists have historically been well-integrated in this friendly and stable team and are held in high regard in the team and across the Trust. You will work alongside a senior Psychologist who works clinically within the same team and has special interests in working with Complex Trauma and in Systemic Family therapy. You will play a central role in the delivery of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills group programme which is integral to team working (training in the model will be available if required). You will also contribute to a diverse group psychological therapy programme being developed across the Trust. Examples of recent Psychology-led service initiatives in this team include the co-production of psychological treatment groups with service users (e.g. yoga for complex trauma), establishing the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Skills group facilitated in conjunction with team colleagues and a Quality Improvement project aimed at empowering service users through developments to the clinic waiting area environment. The team base is set within the grounds of an orchard with ample free parking and offering a pleasant working environment.


As a member of the Bedfordshire Clinical Psychology Service the post holder would join the regular psychology meetings which focus on Clinical Governance and peer-led Continual Professional Development (CPD). The Clinical Psychologists in our area trained in a variety of therapy models (including EMDR, CBT for Psychosis, MBT, and DBT skills) so there is opportunity to share knowledge and access consultation across models.

Our services in Luton and Bedfordshire have been undergoing significant transformation since East London Foundation Trust became the provider in April 2015. The Trust was rated as 'Outstanding' by the CQC in 2016, and boasts a nationally and internationally recognised Quality Improvement programme with which psychology works closely. We would particularly welcome people who have a strong interest in creative and innovative service improvement. As a large Trust across Bedfordshire, Luton and East London we also have teaching, training and research links with a number of universities (Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, UEL and UCL).


Making Things Better

Quality Improvement is a key part of our work to improve and refine how we do things. We have a global reputation for our quality improvement work and we don’t stand still!

We launched our Five Year Strategy in April 2019. This complements the NHS Long Term Strategy and sets out our direction of travel. We want to improve the health of the populations we serve, improve their experience of care, improve staff experience and improve value. Working with our communities and partners is to key to achieving this.

Aiming High

We were rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC in 2016, and were proud to be rated ‘Outstanding’ again in 2018. We were named in the HSJ’s Top 10 best places to work in healthcare and were voted Provider Trust of the Year in 2018.

Staff and Service Users United

We strive to ensure that staff feel valued by the Trust and as they are truly pivotal in delivering better outcomes for our patients and service users. Our aspiration is to help to make the NHS the best place to work. This Trust is clinician-led and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services. We pride ourselves on our service user involvement.

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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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