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Clinical psychology
Band 8a
Part time - 0.85 WTE
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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Havering Early Intervention Team
Harold Wood
£48,526 - £54,619 pa (plus HCAS)
Salary period
28/03/2023 23:59

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COVID-19 Vacancy Highly Specialist Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Band 8a

Do you want to be part of an innovative 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.

Here at NELFT, embracing a Just and Compassionate Culture is our commitment to our colleagues and to our patients that we will support and promote a culture based on fairness, respect, honesty, and trust, ensuring that we have consistent leadership behaviours and styles across the Trust. Our vision is to create an engaging place to work in partnership, where we value diverse perspectives and work in an environment in which you feel valued, supported, understood, and developed. Our professional relationships are built on a foundation of mutual respect, trust and honesty. We are committed to welcoming and making everyone feel valued here at NELFT.

We embrace continuous learning to improve patient outcomes and we provide outstanding professional development opportunities for our workforce. If you want to grow and progress your career with an organisation that values it’s people, take the first step on an exciting career journey and join us today.

Job overview

We are looking to appoint a Part Time Highly Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work in the Early Intervention in psychosis service in Havering.

The post holder will join a well-established and supportive early intervention in psychosis service for people aged between 14-65 who are experiencing a first episode of psychosis and their families. The team offer NICE concordant care, which includes an emphasis on access to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Family Interventions.

The post holder will be working along side a Clinical Psychology EI Pathway Lead, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis (CBTp) Therapist, Family Interventions Therapist, and an Assistant Psychologist, who offers a well-being and support package to carers.

NELFT EI services have practitioners interested in the provision of trauma informed care, with a particular focus on  NET and EMDR  approaches. The pathway offers numerous supervision and CPD opportunities, including individual and group supervision in CBT for psychosis, and group FIp and NET supervision.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide psychological assessment, individual therapy, family interventions and group work. The post holder will be expected to work closely with the multidisciplinary team and offer consultation on psychological approaches to working with psychosis, as well as teaching and supervision of recently qualified, assistant and trainee psychologists.

The post will suit enthusiastic psychologists with a passion for developing and implementing evidence-based psychological therapies with this client group and working with multi-disciplinary teams. This post is particularly suited to individuals with an interest in complex trauma and experience in this field.

The post holder will be expected to participate in supervision and CPD focused on evidence based interventions in psychosis. We offer monthly group supervision in Narrative Exposure Therapy, and Family Intervention in psychosis (FIp). In addition the post holder will receive individual supervision. CBTp and/or FIp training is available for those who have not completed it.

The Trust has strong links with the UCL, UEL and Royal Holloway clinical psychology courses and several Counselling Psychology courses and the post holder will be expected to supervise trainee psychologists when appropriate. Current members of the department are engaged in teaching and research projects with local clinical training course.

Working for our organisation

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).

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 focusing 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 (minimum payment of £3,899 and a maximum payment of £4,968 per annum).


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please refer to the Job Description & Person Specification attached for further details on this vacancy.

COVID-19 Vaccination
We continue to encourage all staff to ensure that they have been double vaccinated and received their booster. We recognise that taking the vaccine provides the best defence against COVID 19 for our patients, our staff and their families.


Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Post-graduate qualification in psychology or a psychological therapy
  • Professional registration with the appropriate body (e.g. HCPC


Essential criteria
  • Working with people with complex mental health needs to include psychosis
  • Knowledge and experience with working with safeguarding issues
  • Experience of delivering evidence based interventions for families coping with psychosis
  • Assessment and treatment planning for clients with complex needs, including psychosis
  • Working/liaising with multi-disciplinary teams and other agencies in the provision of care


Essential criteria
  • Thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of evidence based interventions for psychosis
  • Thorough and expert knowledge of the theory and practice of CBT
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of evidence based approaches to working with families and carers where someone is experiencing


Essential criteria
  • Basic awareness of IT and IT skills
  • Ability to engage families, carers and service users in therapeutic work.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills especially when handling
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the preparation of highly complex clinical reports and assessments


Essential criteria
  • Specialist training in CBTp and/or FIp
Desirable criteria
  • Training in trauma focussed interventions (e.g. NET, EMDR)


Essential criteria
  • Supervision experience (trainees, members of the MDT)

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Dr Harriet Ferner
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Clinical Psychologist and Pathway Lead
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