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NHS AfC: Band 8b
Fixed term: 12 months
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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East London NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Evergreen Unit, Calnwood Court
£58,972 - £68,525 per annum, pro rata
Salary period
28/07/2024 23:59

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Lead Clinical Psychologist - Evergreen, CAMHS Tier 4 (Maternity Cover)

NHS AfC: Band 8b

ELFT has long been recognised as a centre of excellence for mental and health care, innovation and improvement. So it is a very exciting time for you to come and work for us. Our mission 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.

Job overview

East London NHS Foundation Trust (ELFT) has embarked on a very exciting journey to develop our specialist Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). In 2021, NHS England confirmed additional funding to develop an interim acute mental health inpatient unit for Children and Young People in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes, called Evergreen.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for an experienced Senior Clinical Psychologist to provide Maternity Cover for 12-months on a fixed term basis.

They will lead on the psychological therapies provision within the unit. Although this post is banded at 8b and may typically involve more management responsibilities, the successful postholder will predominantly be ensuring the development and direct provision of an autonomous and systemic highly specialist clinical service for adolescents with complex mental health needs and their families, including highly specialist assessments.

We have been innovative in developing pathways with our Crisis and Home Treatment teams which provides a quality service to deliver treatment in the community and focus is on helping young people achieve their potential and thrive. You will work alongside these established teams to ensure essential in patient treatment is seamlessly and efficiently delivered and continued when the young person is discharged.   

Working for our organisation

The development of the new service has been done in conjunction with children, parents and carers who have experience of inpatient admission. Young People have helped us plan the ethos of the unit, recruit the staff and think about how we can deliver the best care. We’re really proud of the co-leadership with young people to improve mental health services. If you join us you will have a unique opportunity to truly collaborate to improve their outcomes.

The unit will provide specialist, short-term care for children and young people aged 13-17 with severe or complex mental health difficulties. You will be working alongside a diverse multi-disciplinary team that reflects the population that we serve. Our vision is to make a positive difference in young people’s lives by providing the highest quality mental health service to our local communities, to help them overcome some of life’s challenges.

In the long term, a dedicated and permanent CAMHS unit will be developed in the proposed new build that the trust is developing in Luton/Bedford. This post is substantive, as staff recruited into this role will have the opportunity to transition into the permanent unit. 

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

This post will be based at Evergreen Tier 4 Unit for Children and Young people in Luton, and is 0.6WTE. 

Please see the job description for more information on this particular role. 

For further information, please see below contact, and also:

Valentine Dube, Service Manager  [email protected] 

Person specification

Education/ Qualification/ Training

Essential criteria
  • Postgraduate Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the HCPC, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Post doctoral training in supervision.
  • Post Doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Desirable criteria
  • Management training.
  • Breakaway training.
  • Post qualification training in Early Interventions with psychosis; Complex Mental health presentations in adolescence and / or Cognitive or neurodevelopmental assessments with children and adolescents
  • Post Doctoral Training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy


Essential criteria
  • Post qualification experience within the specialty of child and adolescent clinical psychology
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and presenting with the full range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients’ psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified care coordinator / care manager and also within the context of a multi-disciplinary care plan
  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified clinical psychologists
  • Experience of the application of psychology and delivering services in different cultural contexts

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Valentine Dube
Job title
Service Manager
Email address
[email protected]
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