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Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum plus 5% Fringe High Cost Allowance
Closing date
29 Sep 2023
Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist Mental Health Urgent Care Department, Basildon Hospital Band 8b - �58,972 - �68,525 per annum plus 5% fringe allowance Hours - 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity as arisen for a Clinical/Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to join the Mental Health Urgent Care Department. This is a new service based at Basildon Hospital, which is due to go live at the end of March 2023.

As an clinical, counselling or forensic psychologist holding appropriate postgraduate level professional qualifications (please see person specification), you will support a highly specialist, multilevel psychology service that is cost effective, culturally appropriate and based on best clinical and professional practice, to meet Trust and Directorate objectives, national strategic, and policy guidelines, commissioner requirements and user and carer needs and expectations. Your role will help understand, prevent and ameliorate psychological distress and disorder and improve the mental health and wellbeing of local service users.

Main duties of the job

  • You will work autonomously within professional guidelines to provide high quality to service users as well as assisting or leading in the review of service development, policy and project management, as agreed with your line manager, operational service managers and clinical managers.
  • You will work with the Consultant Psychologist to ensure that the MHUCD team is current, evidence based and in line with practice and Trust standards, providing day to day psychological therapy, clinical leadership, evaluation and monitoring of the service.
  • You will be responsible for ensuring that effective, tailored, evidence based psychological interventions are delivered to service users. In doing so, use goal setting and interventions focused on re-engagement in self-care, productivity and leisure activities, and monitor and evaluate the use of relevant therapeutic, standardised assessments and outcomes.

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

  • We are looking for a skilled and compassionate psychologist who is able to manage and work positively and proactively both with MDTs, and with people who present to our services with complex needs. You need to bring a passion for promoting a trauma-informed culture while working closely and collaboratively with other professionals.
  • This is a varied and busy role working with adults experiencing complex, severe and enduring mental health problems (including personality disorder, severe depression, severe and disabling anxiety disorders, OCD, psychosis, and substance misuse), presentations often involving overlapping conditions (dual diagnosis) and multiple needs sometimes being complicated by organic dysfunction. In the course of their work, the post holder will encounter a range of presenting problems and needs (including complex emotional dysfunction, self-harm, aggression and challenging behaviour, cognitive impairment, severe interpersonal problems, social disabilities), often in cases where motivation and engagement is poor or where understanding or acceptance by the patient of their condition is constrained by psychological, cognitive, linguistic or other factors. You will also work with the patients support networks (including direct care staff, families and other natural carers) and any other services involved in their care.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology OR Doctorate in Forensic/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) with extensive evidence of working with in-patient or crisis populations, and evidence of work across the age span, and/or documented training in neuropsychological assessment, as accredited by the BPS and registered with HCPC.
  • Training should include models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies.
  • Doctoral level (or equivalent of) knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Evidence of significant CPD in relation to Adult Mental Health


  • Post-doctoral qualifications in DBT/CBT/EMDR or other evidence based models for the treatment of complex cases presentations in the context of very brief interventions.
  • Evidence of CPD in relation to Adult Mental Health speciality



  • Knowledge of mental health legislation, NHS Constitution, CPA and risk assessment and management.
  • British Psychological Society Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of health legislation, principles of CPA and Care Management, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act 1983 and safeguarding, the NHS Constitution, and risk assessment / management.
  • Knowledge of psychological therapies and the application of current models of practice, specialist assessment tools and outcomes frameworks in own specialist area of practice.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific 'difficult to treat' groups (e.g. personality disorder, risk behaviours, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.).
  • High-level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and DoH policy and implementation guidelines in relation to mental health in general and the client group with which this post is concerned.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Mental Health Urgent Care Department


SS16 5NL

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