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Clinical/Counselling/Forensic Psychologist (Preceptorship at Band 7)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum pro rata
Closing date
6 Dec 2023
The post is based at Poplar (General Adolescent Unit- 13-18) in Rochford 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. Poplar is a trauma, DBT and systemic informed service that works with young people and carers in collaborative ways to effect change. The service offers a comprehensive range of group, individual and family interventions to aid recovery. 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 holder will work closely with supportive colleagues from the other CAMHS inpatient unit in Essex, the St. Aubyn Centre.

The post offers a wide range of training opportunities so staff have the skills they need to work effectively with complex needs and risks. 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 responsibilities based on ability and experience and be appointed to a band 7 position. A preceptorship plan will be put in place to support the post holder working toward band 8a.

Main duties of the job

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 assess patient systems where there are highly complex problems. Using advanced skills of analysis and interpretation make appropriate formulations and interventions. This may include working with families under highly emotive conditions, e.g. family breakdown, sexual abuse, self-harm.

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

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.

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.

Person Specification



  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, or equivalent Specialist Psychotherapy training, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and/or neuropsychology, 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. (8a only)



  • 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


Poplar Adolescent Unit

Union Street



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