8a Practitioner Psychologist (or Preceptorship on Band 7)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 a year per annum + 5% Fringe HCAS
Closing date
18 Jun 2023

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Job summary

We are excited to announce our expansion in delivering frontline psychology services (assessment , formulation and talking therapies) to 18-25 year olds residing in West Essex. You will join a friendly, dynamic, creative Psychology team dedicated to providing robust, evidence based frontline psychological assessments and therapy to 18-25 year olds. We welcome applications from newly qualified psychologists to join the service at band 7 on a preceptorship basis and you will be supported to develop the competencies and progress to 8A within 18 months-3 years. Our scope is working between tiers 2 and 3, within an i-thrive framework offering psychology assessment and interventions to young people experiencing difficulties with anxiety, depression, OCD, self-injury, emotional dysregulation and relationship problems. Staff well-being is important to us and we can offer flexible work patterns.

We offer a CPD package of up to �6,000 to be used in the first three years of employment following successful completion of the probationary period and linked to the appraisal process as agreed with your line manager.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will be expected to work autonomously to provide a high quality Psychology service, which will include the provision of psychological therapy, a psychoeducation group programme, assisting young adults in the transition from CAMHS, and ensuring ongoing monitoring and evaluation. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring early intervention through collaborative working with Primary Care colleagues, employment, education and other system partners, supporting early treatment.

This post will be based in the Harlow area but working in other areas will be required as part of the role. You will also provide consultation and training for staff, and placement and supervision for trainees, assistants, CAPs, and volunteers as required.

About us

  • Up to �6,000 CPD package (see above)
  • Up to �8,000 relocation support for those that meet the criteria
  • Excellent Training and CPD opportunities for career development
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • 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

The Psychology service in West Essex currently comprises approximately nine whole time equivalent Psychologists, two Clinical Associates in Psychology and three Assistants, together with clinical and counselling psychology trainees and volunteers. We also have close links with colleagues locally working in Specialist Dementia & Frailty, Perinatal, Eating Disorders, Liaison, Urgent Community Care and In Patient settings. Within our services, psychologists have specialist skills and training in variety of areas and approaches, including CAT, CBT, CBTp, DBT, EMDR, Schema Therapy and Trauma-Informed approaches. Specialist external supervision is provided in several of these modalities, and CPD is both strongly supported and actively encouraged.

Job description

Job responsibilities

In addition to the expected clinical skills, you will be involved in shaping and developing the service, actively contributing to service evaluation. You will have good networking and relationship building skills, alongside strengths in creatively and actively working with this client group and the wider network around them. You are likely to have a strong understanding of the impact of Trauma and Adverse childhood Experiences, and to be interested in promoting social inclusion and the empowerment of service users within their mental health recovery and in maintaining their social systems.

Please refer to the job description and person specification for further details of job description and main responsibilities. Newly qualified psychologists appointable at Band 7 would not be expected to have attained all the points in the job description and person specification.

Person Specification



  • Post graduate doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology


  • Training in clinical supervision
  • Post-doctoral qualifications in DBT/CBT/CAT/Schema Therapy/CBTp or other evidence based models

Work Experience and Attainment


  • Significant proven experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings
  • Experience in conducting risk assessments of the individual, his/her family, and the environment/ circumstances.
  • Significant experince of working in NHS settings
  • Experince of wokring with clients presenting with complex and enduring MH difficulties


  • Experience in running groups

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