Specialist Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Posted 16 September by NHS Business Services Authority

About the team:

The Lewisham secondary care Adult Mental Health (AMH) Community Service is composed of 5 neighbourhood Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT's), working with people aged 18-65. This service is currently transforming to become part of an overall service that interfaces smoothly with the primary care service, so that service users receive the right care at the right time. The CMHT's works with service users and carers by offering a range of interventions to facilitate social inclusion and recovery.

The CMHT's are based in two larger mental health centres (MHC): Speedwell MHC in Deptford, (north Lewisham) and Churchdown MHC in Downham (south Lewisham).

About the role:

We are looking for two Band 7 Clinical or Counselling Psychologists, one for Speedwell MHC and one for Churchdown MHC. You would join existing psychologists integrated into the CMHT's , to work across 2 teams , and work alongside the other MDT clinicians (incl. psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, O. T's. and vocational workers). .

You will be responsible for providing specialist psychological assessment, individual therapy and group work for clients across a range of diagnoses and complex presentations, such complex mood/anxiety disorders, psychosis and EUPD. There will be opportunities for indirect working and training with the team, and there may be opportunities for family work. In Lewisham CMHT's we position ourselves as a trauma informed psychology service. There is a Trust developing strategy to deliver trauma informed care (TiC).

Psychological input is valued and considered an integral part of the services on offer to service users and their families. There is also good interfaces with specialist psychology services for example, for EUPD/PD.

These posts would suit newly qualified psychologists or those with some experience, who are interested in working within an MDT and with experienced psychologists, with clients with diverse presentations, in order to consolidate knowledge and experience in AMH.

There are good links with other psychologists across Lewisham teams. Supervision is well supported, and there are opportunities to access CPD opportunities within the Trust.

Phone enquires prior to interview are welcomed and encouraged

About the location:

Speedwell (Deptford ) base is in an urban area, well served by a range of transport links to central London or Kent, and is close to cafe's,shops and a market. Churchdown (Downham) base is in a quieter suburb, with transport links to Bromley, Kent and London Bridge, and green spaces/parks/a leisure centre nearby.


We are committed to ensuring our staff get the most out of their benefits package and understand the importance of a healthy work life balance. There is an extensive range of excellent benefits for you and your family. We want you to feel like you are part of a close knit team at SLaM. It’s important to us that you valued and appreciated and that are why we have a comprehensive benefits package on offer

Some of our benefits are highlighted here:

  • Generous pay, pensions and leave, we offer a comprehensive pay, pensions and leave package which is dependent on the role and length of service.
  • Work life balance, flexible working and support a range of flexible options, such as: part-time working and job sharing.
  • Career development, There are plenty of opportunities to progress your career and we support your development through a number of programmes such as mentoring, coaching, positive people management, collective leadership and other talent programmes
  • Car lease, our staff benefits from competitive deals to lease cars
  • Accommodation, our staff benefits from keyworker housing available which is available on selected sites
  • NHS discounts, with discounts up to 10% from a variety of well-known retail brands though Health Service Discounts website.

Other benefits include:

  • Counselling services
  • Wellbeing events
  • Long service awards
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Staff restaurants

We look forward to receiving your application.

For further details / informal visits contact:

NamePatricia SmithJob titlePsychology Lead for AMH Community Service -Secondary CareEmail addresspatricia.smith@slam.nhs.ukTelephone number/1200 or

Reference: 40881980

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