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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

NHS AfC: Band 8a

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Clinical / Counselling Psychology
NHS AfC: Band 8a
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Goodmayes Hospital
Today at 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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the Havering / Barking and Dagenham Crisis Resolution Home Treatment Team (CRHHT). This post represents additional funding recently awarded by the Clinical Commissioning Group and speaks to an increased recognition of the importance of psychological input for those in crisis.

The post holder would join a well-established and well respected team of psychologists working with those in crisis - either on the inpatient wards or within the CRHTTs. The team includes approximately ten qualified psychologists, many of whom are actively engaged in developing national best practice guidelines, are involved in research and teach on local clinical and counselling psychology doctoral courses. We are a supportive, dynamic and ambitious team.

The post would involve working with service-users and their families at a point of crisis to prevent admission to hospital. The team works to a Social Systems model and the psychologist would be instrumental in delivering that, with social systems and family work training available. Service-users would present with a range of difficulties including psychosis, complex depression, personality disorder and suicidality.

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).

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.

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 focusing in engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes.  The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham Essex

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 15% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £3,722 to a maximum of £4,743).


This post would suit someone with a strong interest in multidisciplinary working, working with service-users who present with complexity and significant levels of risk, working with the wider systems including family and carers.

As a service, we recognise the importance of valuable supervision and CPD and you will be well supported by an experienced and supportive team with good access to CPD opportunities.


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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

For informal discussions, please contact Dr Claire Williams, Strategic and Care Pathway Lead for Inpatient and Acute Psychology.