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Band 7/8a Practitioner Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum plus 5% High Cost Area Fringe Allowance
Closing date
30 Sep 2023
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full time 8a Maternity Cover until January 2024 in our Transitions Psychology Team. The post will be based in Basildon and involves working with teams all over South Essex. As a new Service there is opportunity to take on various service development and research opportunities and would present a great chance for a Band 7 who wanted experience of a more senior role.

The Transitions Psychology team are a group of practitioners (psychologists and psychotherapists) using evidence based interventions in a trauma informed and user-led approach in order to reduce repeat or long term admissions to psychiatric hospitals. The team was developed following a pilot project that showed a significant, sustained reduction in inpatient admissions, highlighting that flexible, integrative and long-term support helps clients live more meaningfully within the community.

Practitioners are working across inpatient, crisis and community teams within each locality of the trust, allowing for a whole systems approach, unencumbered by usual service divides. This role presents an exciting opportunity to work both directly and indirectly with Service Users who are requiring additional support in times of transition, most commonly from inpatient to community services, though the scope of the role is mouldable for the right applicant.

Main duties of the job

The team is developing under the guidance of a Consultant Psychologist & Principal Clinical Psychologist, and as such attracts opportunity for role and service development, service user involvement and audit/service evaluation with a small but supportive and specialised team. The team currently offer interventions for complex trauma and psychosis (Embodied, Systemic, Psychodynamic approaches, CBT) and would welcome applicants with therapeutic interests that could further improve this offer. Interventions are integrative/attachment formulation-led, and the service allows for long-term and intensive work as needed.

The team are also developing close working relationships with both inpatient, crisis & community teams, and the role would offer opportunities to teach, train, consult and supervise where appropriate. The team supports the most complex service users seen in our trust, and as such excellent clinical, interpersonal, team working and risk assessment skills are required.

Our Service Users usually arrive with diagnoses of personality disorder, psychosis, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar disorder we collaboratively formulate their difficulties in an integrative way, taking added complexities including dual diagnosis, social and economic stressors, attachment/interpersonal difficulties and complex trauma experiences into account.

About us

As well as applicants from the UK, we encourage overseas candidates to apply for this role with the Trust offering up to �8,000 in relocation grants. We welcome diversity within our organisation.

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.

Job description

Job responsibilities

If you are a therapy practitioner (Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, or experienced Psychotherapist {BCP/UKCP registered}), who is looking for a role that allows you to focus first and foremost on your clients which offers challenge, support and development which values trauma informed, whole systems approaches and which places you within a friendly and dedicated team of like-minded individuals, please give us a call to discuss if Transitions Psychology is right for you.

We value staff wellbeing highly in what can be a challenging, but ultimately hugely rewarding, role. There is access to weekly clinical supervision, regular managerial supervision, and a peer supervision group facilitated by an external supervisor.

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.

For detailed job description and main responsibilities, please see attached Job Description and Person Specification.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical/ counselling/forensic psychology, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC. Or: BCP/UKCP registered psychotherapist.
  • Good written and spoken English


  • Work in a relevant mental health field in the NHS
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology



  • British Psychological Society Code of Professional Conduct
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation, NHS Constitution, CPA and risk assessment and management
  • Knowledge of psychological therapies and the application of current models of practice, specialist assessment tools and outcomes frameworks in own AF/IN specialist area of practice.
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Basildon MHU


SS16 5NL

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