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Counselling or Clinical Psychologist

Band 8a

Main area
Bexley CMHS
Band 8a
Permanent: Split post between Barefoot Lodge and Bexley CMHRES
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (Split across Barefoot Lodge Rehab Unit and Bexley CMHRES)
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Erith Centre,
£52,093 - £58,186 pa inc
Salary period
30/09/2021 23:59



Counselling or Clinical Psychologist, Band 8a

Split post between Barefoot Lodge and Bexley CMHRES, 


Full Time: 37.5 hours per week

London Borough of Bexley

Adult Mental Health Directorate

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic, compassionate and motivated Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to take a leadership role within rehabilitation services in the London borough of Bexley.

The role is split 50/50 between the Barefoot Lodge Rehabilitation Inpatient Unit and CMHRES Community Rehabilitation Service. The work involves being actively involved across two multi-disciplinary teams working with clients who present predominately with severe mental health difficulties. The post provides opportunities for working with a broad range of presentations including psychosis, anxiety, depression, interpersonal difficulties, trauma and bipolar disorder. The teams are based at two sites in Bexley - the Erith Centre and Goldie Leigh.   

The successful candidate will sit within the leadership team and applicants should have an interest in service development. Barefoot Lodge is led clinically by a Nurse Responsible clinician, making the service innovative, focusing on psychosocial interventions as opposed to standard medical model.  The post holder will be expected to bring a high level of leadership skill as the unit undergoes a period of restructuring to bring about cultural change.

The successful candidate will join highly-skilled, multi-professional teams that offer mental health services across the London Borough of Bexley. The teams include social workers, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and psychiatrists. It is expected that the post holder will make a significant contribution to the staff team via training, supervision, reflective practice, consultation and psychological formulation. This is welcomed by the teams, where psychology is highly valued. 

The post holder will provide psychological assessments as well as short to medium term individual, family and group psychotherapeutic interventions to service users referred to services. Strong working relationships exist with other professionals in the team, and with other local care providers,  in order to facilitate comprehensive packages of care for clients of the services. Family and carer inclusive practice is seen as vital, and is strongly promoted.

The work would involve using both CBT for Psychosis and Family Interventions for Psychosis and we would be looking for candidates willing to develop these skills through training.

Specialist supervision in CBT for this client group is available from a senior psychologist, and there will also be opportunities to attend supervision/ consultation in other approaches with senior clinicians in the trust. The post holder will be encouraged to consolidate and further develop therapeutic skills and clinical interests in a friendly and supportive multi-professional and multi-agency context.   

There are good working relationships with both managers and other senior clinicians, and psychological therapists are well represented at senior managerial and clinical levels. The input from psychologists is valued within the Trust and they undertake important roles, not only in clinical work, but also management, service development and clinical governance.

The Trust has a large, well-established and supportive psychological therapies service, with strong leadership and professional development. Service-related research is encouraged and supported by providing protected time for these activities. There are strong links with the South Thames (Salomons) Clinical Psychology Training Scheme.

This is a stimulating time to join the mental health services in the London Borough of Bexley following the merger between the local authority and Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust to form the highly innovative Bexley Care organisation. This new organisation aims to bring together a wide range of mental health, social care and physical health services under one organisational structure allowing for joint working and fluid referral processes.

Oxleas NHS Trust operates a Probationary Period, further details are available on request.

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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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Further details / informal visits contact

Antony Daly, Principal Psychologist: 3668 9461