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Senior Clinical Psychologist (can be Preceptorship at Band 7)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Boxted Road
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rota
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 7
Contract Type
Part Time
The post is based at The St.Aubyn Centre (General Adolescent Unit- GAU aged 13-18) in Colchester Essex. The hospital offers short term admission to young people who are no longer safe in the community due to their complex mental health needs and high risk presentations. Colchester is a trauma, DBT and systemic informed service that works with young people and parents or carers in collaborative ways to effect change. The service offers a comprehensive range of therapeutic groups to young people and their carers, a variety of individual assessments/interventions and family therapy assessments and treatments. The psychological therapy team are extremely experienced clinicians and innovators in service improvement, recently winning a national ward for their DBT skills groups and Positive Behaviour Support Plans.

The post offers a wide range of training opportunities. It is essential that the staff team have the diversity of skills and knowledge required to work effectively with young people. EPUT Trust is committed to being a trauma informed organisation.

The post is suitable for an experienced psychologist who will be appointed to an 8a position.

It is also suitable for a newly qualified psychologist who will take on roles/responsibilities based on ability and experience and be appointed to aband 7 position. A preceptorship plan will be put in place to support the post holder working toward band 8a.

Main duties of the job

Main duties

To exercise full responsibility and autonomy for own professional practice, working within professional ethics and Trust policies.

To be responsible for providing both generic and specialist psychology assessments and devise highly specialised programmes of care and services to improve outcome for young people and their families.

To work autonomously and in joint work with other clinicians. This will involve collaborating with clinicians in the multi-disciplinary team and with external professional networks.

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of Young People's mental health problems and to practice within the context of evidence based approaches and the overall therapeutic approach/philosophy of the service.

To undertake APT lead role for a small a number of patients, coordinating care and providing psychological oversight.

To lead therapy groups and promote understanding of group dynamics using a psychological perspective.

To have a good knowledge of the Mental Health Act and the CPA approach.

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 also currently advertising a 0.4 WTE, Clinical / Counselling / Forensic Psychologist under reference number 364-A-6166-A. This post can be combined alongside this 0.4 WTE for this post to total 1 WTE. If you have interest in this full time combination, then please contact the Appointing Manager, Claudia Foakes at and 07578770978 for further information.

Please be advised that this advert showcases the salary scale of the bottom of Band 7 to the top of Band 8a, this is due to the possibility of Preceptorship at Band 7. The Band 7 salary scale is �43,742 to �50,056 per annum pro rata and the Band 8a salary scale is �50,952 to �57,349 per annum pro rata.

Alongside the clinical roles outlined in the advert the post also has a range of supervisory, consultation, teaching/ training, auditing/research and staff support roles dependent on interest and experience.

Such as:To be responsible for providing expert specialist psychological consultation, support and advice to professionals both within and external to the unit. This will include liaison and working with professional networks involved with complex issues such as child protection, self-harm, violence and trauma.Provide mental health advice and support for staff as required.To organise and provide psychology teaching and training in the Unit in line with service and training needs.To provide supervision to the multi-disciplinary team in their work with young people and their families.Responsible for providing professional and clinical supervision and training placements to psychology trainees. To write placement reports for trainees in line with training organisation, HCPC and BPS codes of ethics and good practice.To initiate and contribute to the development, evaluation and monitoring of the service.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology, including two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the appropriate professional accreditation body.
  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.
  • HCPC (and/or UKCP) registered, and eligible for registration with a professional clinical body (BPS).
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the HPCP and UKCP/BPS by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year.



  • Doctoral or equivalent level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Well-developed knowledge of theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies.


  • Formal training in supervision of psychological therapists (band 8a only)
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.).

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The St Aubyn Centre

Boxted Road


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