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Clinical / Counselling psychologist


Main area
Fixed Term- 12 Months
15 hours per week
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Goodmayes Hospital
£42,414 - £49,969 pa plus HCAS
04/03/2019 23:59

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.

We are looking for an enthusiastic clinical or counselling psychologist to join the Inpatient and Acute Psychology Service. The post holder will join a well-established and well respected psychology service for people in crisis and will work as part of the Waltham Forest Home Treatment Crisis Team. The post is two days and the post holder will hold a small caseload offering consultation, assessment and evidence based interventions for clients of all ages including individual, group, and family work. The post will suit someone who has a strong interest in working with multidisciplinary teams and working with people in crisis. The twelve month fixed term post would be a good development opportunity for someone interested in developing their work with people in crisis and working at an 8a level.


We recognise the importance of promoting the professional development of our staff and there will be a number of opportunities to participate in continued professional development including close supervision by senior members of the inpatient and acute psychology team. The Trust has strong links with, and provides placements for, the clinical psychology courses and several members of the department are engaged in teaching in local clinical training courses. Many members are also involved in research and developing national best practice guidelines.


Applicants should have:

Doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Experience of working in an evidence-based way with clients presenting with severe mental health difficulties, people in crisis and their families and carers.

Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary service context.


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).



Priority Post – 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 opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend a number of drop in sessions focussing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex


High Cost Area Supplement - London

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,659 to a maximum of £4,664).


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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Informal enquiries regarding the post need to be directed to Claire Williams, Strategic and Care Pathway Lead for Inpatient and Acute Psychology (

If you have problems applying, contact

0300 300 1530 option 2