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Clinical Psychologist Mid Essex MHST

North East London NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata for part time
Closing date
25 Nov 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
This post also attracts a one-off payment equivalent to 10% of annual basic salary. This would be payable as 50% of the incentive as a lump sum at end of the probationary period (Typically six months) and then the other 50% of the incentive as a lump sum at the end of year two.

This incentive is only available to applicants who are new to NELFT

We have an exciting opportunity for a Band 7 Clinical Psychologist to join our enthusiastic and dynamic Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) based in Mid Essex. There is 1 WTE available and the successful candidate would be appointed to work in within the Mid Essex area, which covers Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon.

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will establish and maintain excellent working relationships with wider mental health and wellbeing services and ensure adherence to evidence-based treatments by all clinical staff across the MHSTs. The post-holder will be directly involved in delivering and supervising a range of therapeutic interventions, which may include parent work, group work, school observations of children, short term input and specialist psychological treatments.

About us

Starting with NELFT

NELFT place a great deal of importance on new starters being properly welcomed and inducted into the Trust. All new starters will join the Trust on the first Monday of each month and will undertake a comprehensive induction of up to two weeks which will include mandatory training, systems training and the allocation of equipment. As part of the process new starters will have the opportunity to also meet the executive team, senior managers and attend several drop-in sessions focussing on engagement, health and wellbeing and key processes. The induction will be held at our head office in Rainham, Essex.

Probationary Period

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

Flexible Working

If you wish to consider flexible working , please feel free to discuss this with us and we will consider your request in line with our NELFT policies and procedures.


This post is largely agile working, ability to work independently within different educational settings is essential and there will be travel around the county. A nominal base of Stapleford House, Chelmsford is given.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Development of our staff is key to running our service effectively, and we will invest our time in your professional development.

Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) are a new service designed to support Children and Young People (CYP) with mild to moderate mental health.

MHSTs aims to:
  • Support children and young people with mild to moderate mental health problems through evidence-based interventions
  • Support schools in developing their whole school approach to mental health
  • Provide timely advice to school staff and to liaise with other services to help children and young people get the right help and stay in education.

Mid Essex supports up to 36,000 young people across a variety of different education settings.

We are looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join the senior team and support the delivery of interventions, evaluation of psychological practices and ongoing roll-out of MSHTs across Mid and South Essex.

The post-holder will be a post-graduate qualified psychological practitioner and fully registered with the appropriate professional or regulatory body (e.g. HCPC).

The post-holders will provide clinical interventions and assessment within their professional sphere of expertise. They will be responsible for assessment, treatment and systematic outcome measurement and the extensive clinical supervision of assistant psychologists throughout the MHSTs locality teams. They will ensure that a high quality, timely, accessible and evidence-based service is available to all service users who need it throughout the MHSTs.

The post-holder will be responsible for liaising directly with schools, developing and co-producing materials for delivery/presentation in schools, and supporting the development and embedding of the MHSTs in schools. In addition to this, the post-holder will have a small caseload and be actively involved in delivering universal and targeted group interventions in schools. These interventions will be CBT based, with the post holder required to have experience at delivering individual and group CBT interventions to children, young people, and parents.

The post holder will work under the supervision of the Senior Supervisor & Clinical Lead and join an established team of senior clinical supervisors and mental health practitioners. Developing the MHSTs to facilitate wider service transformation within the local child mental health system this will be done in conjunction with local service leads and managers.

The post holder will be expected to have excellent record keeping as part of this role and that this is captured within the electronic system the team uses.

The post holder must be able to appropriately act on any safeguarding concerns escalating these in line with the NELFT policies and procedure as well as working with those involved (CYP, Parents and other professionals).

The post holder must be able to work autonomously as well as working collaboratively with the team.

Person Specification



  • Successful completion of a post-graduate Clinical Psychology training


  • Experience in CAMHS/CYPMHS



  • Experience of specialist assessment carried out autonomously in order to determine the most appropriate treatment plan from a range of options for the child/young person


  • Experience in working with children and adolescents with co-morbid difficulties and special needs. (i.e. combination of organic and emotional deficits, such as autistic spectrum disorders and trauma)

Additional Trainning


  • Supervisor, EMDR, CBT, etc

Knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge of risk management and ability to monitor and assess risk and act accordingly to ensure safety
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively highly complex and sensitive matters to patients


  • Able to use Systmone

Employer details

Employer name

NELFT North East London Foundation Trust


Mid Essex MHST (covering Braintree, Chelmsford & Maldon)

Nominated base - Stapleford House, Stapleford Close.



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