Band 7/8a EIP & ARMS Practitioner Psychologist or CBT therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year per annum, dependent on qualifications and experience
Closing date
18 Jun 2023
We are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for experienced or newly qualified psychologists looking to complete their preceptorship or CBTp therapists, looking for either full or part time work, to enjoy a variety of clinical work in the EIP and/or ARMS services. Due to the expansion of our Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services and creation of our new At Risk Mental State (ARMS) services, we have a number of vacancies available for 7/8a clinical/counselling psychologists or CBTp therapists with our Mid and South Essex EIP and ARMS teams. There is therefore the potential for successful candidates to tailor the role to their locality and service preferences.

Main duties of the job


The Mid EIP team, is a friendly MDT team working in the community of Mid Essex (including Chelmsford, Braintree, Maldon and Halstead) providing evidence based services in innovative ways to people aged 14+, experiencing a first episode of psychosis.

Within the same geographical area, our new ARMS (At Risk Mental State) service will be working with young people and adults aged 14-35 considered to be at risk of developing psychosis. There are a number of new posts in this new multi-disciplinary team aimed at offering predominantly, but not exclusively, psychosocial interventions with an evidence base of mental health prevention.

South East EIP

The Essex Support and Treatment of Early Psychosis (ESTEP) in South East Essex is based at Rochford Hospital and covers the Southend, Castlepoint and Rochford areas. The team work with individuals between 14-65 years old who are experiencing their first episode of psychosis. The psychology team includes a variety of practitioners who deliver individual, family and group interventions. The roles also offer different opportunities to collaborate with service users and the wider MDT in terms of community based projects as well as championing service delivery improvements within the team.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work
  • Day One Flexible Employer

The Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees. We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role. If appointed, you will have the opportunity to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank

Job description

Job responsibilities

As specialist mental health services, EIP and ARMS are based on NICE-recommended interventions which include comprehensive assessment and psychological interventions for psychosis or co-existing mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, emerging personality disorder, substance misuse). These activities are often supported with family interventions, recovery coordination, social prescribing and education/employment support.

The post holder will also support the wider team in developing effective treatment plans and encouraging engagement with team members.

The successful candidate will also be involved in ongoing service evaluations and active collaboration in service delivery and quality improvement activities.

Please be advised that this advert showcases the salary scales for the bottom of Band 7 to the top of Band 8a, this is due to the available option to undergo a Preceptorship at Band 7 to Band 8a. The Band 7 salary scale is �43,742 - �50,056 per annum and the Band 8a salary scale is �50,952 - �57,349 per annum, depending on experience.

Person Specification



  • Professional qualification from an accredited course. HCPC or BABCP Registered.


  • Post-accreditation training in CBT/CBTp, FIp, BFT



  • Experience of working as a practitioner psychologist or psychological therapist within a community mental health team


  • Experience of working in EIP or ARMS team

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab) .

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab) .

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


C& E Centre

London Road



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