2 x Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologists

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
3 Jan 2024

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Learning Disabilities Psychology and Behaviour Therapy Service in South Essex

2 x Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologists (Band 8a - Permanent)

EPUT's Learning Disabilities Psychology and Behaviour Therapy service in South Essex is expanding. This is an exciting time for two highly motivated Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologists who are passionate about transformation to join and develop the service. The postholders will be part of a vibrant team that comprises two Principal Psychologists, a Behaviour Therapist and two Assistant Psychologists. They will work to improve and implement care provision for adults with learning disabilities considering assessment, intervention/therapeutic support. This work will be on an individual basis, involve family/carers, support staff, liaising with others involved in their lives, as appropriate. They will also contribute to the development of a trauma informed and responsive service in line with the Trust's objectives.

The postholders will also be involved in offering training and consultation to the MDT and agencies involved. They will be joining a well-established multi-disciplinary team that includes Community Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, and Psychiatrists. There are opportunities for wider collaborative working in the Essex Learning Disability Partnership (ELDP) including the development of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Dementia and Challenging Behaviour Pathways.

Main duties of the job

The senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologists are responsible for ensuring systematic provision of a high standard psychology service to adults within the remit of the Learning Disability team's responsibilities. This will include providing assessment and intervention/consultation for individuals, families. carers, members of the multidisciplinary team and other agencies involved in the individuals care.

The post holders will work closely with relevant community and inpatient teams within health and voluntary sectors.

This will require a range of specialist skills and competencies in order to deliver highly specialist psychological assessment and treatment of patients with Learning Disabilities, along the treatment pathway. In addition the psychologists will offer advice and consultation on clients' psychological care to other professionals, carers, and those otherwise involved in client-care.

The post holders will be responsible for
  • continually delivering and maintaining high standards
  • continuous service improvement
  • leadership and development of others
  • ensuring national targets and standards are achieved
  • continuous personal development
  • building trust and developing relationships to ensure service user involvement
  • data quality assurance
  • ensuring information is managed and applied appropriately and effectively
  • championing improvement through effective change management
  • ensuring equality and diversity values underpin the day to day working of the practice area

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
  • CPD Package up to �6,000 (see above)
  • 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 offer aCPD package of up to �6,000to be used in the first three years of employment following successful completion of the probationary period and linked to the appraisal process as agreed with your line manager.
  • To provide specialist psychological assessments of clients based upon the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources including psychological tests, self-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the clients care.
  • To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other professionals contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • To ensure that all members of the treating team have access to a psychologically based framework for understanding and care of clients of the service through the provisional advice and consultation and the dissemination of psychological research and theory.
  • To provide expertise, advice and support to facilitate the effective and appropriate provision of psychological care by all members of the treatment team.
  • To provide clinical placements for trainee clinical and/or counselling psychologists ensuring that trainees acquire the necessary skills, competences and experience contribute effectively to good mental health care and to contribute to the assessment and evaluation of such competences.
  • To provide post qualification training and clinical professional supervision to other qualified applied psychologists attached to the Learning Disability Service and other Psychology services in EPUT, where appropriate.
  • To provide the advice consultation and training and clinical supervision to other members of the MDT for their provision of psychologically based interventions to help improve clients functioning where appropriate.
  • To organise, co-ordinate and provide agreed post qualification teaching where appropriate.
  • To continue to develop skills in the area of professional pre and post graduate training under clinical supervision
  • To provide advice, consultation and training to staff working with the client group across a range of agencies and settings, where appropriate.
  • In common with all Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, to receive regular clinical professional supervision from an appropriately experienced/more senior clinical psychologist and, where appropriate, other senior professional colleagues.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • Develop, initiate and analyse audits and surveys relevant to the service.
  • To establish and maintain good relationships with service users, carers, voluntary sector colleagues and external statutory and non-statutory agencies
  • To assist the Lead Psychologist and the Associate Clinical Director for psychological services (with responsibility for specialist services), in ensuring the provision of an evidence-based service to service users which complies with legislation, policies and procedures and relevant quality, governance and local and national guidelines.
  • To be a Champion of the Services operational procedures.
  • To ensure that all identified risks are monitored and managed effectively.
  • Effectively communicate service changes to all relevant stakeholders.
  • To apply a combination of enhanced clinical skills derived from experience and further learning via CPD across the clinical spectrum of assessment, intervention and evaluation.
  • To ensure systems are in place for effective Health & Safety management.
  • Awareness of service standards/targets and ensure they are being met

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in clinical/counselling psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to (1996) as accredited by the BPS



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings, including outpatient, community, primary care and in patient settings.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training/experience through having received a minimum of 50 hours clinical supervision or working as a specialist clinical / counselling psychologist over a minimum of 18 months, or an alternative agreed by the Head of Psychology.



  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Heath Close

3 Heath Close


CM12 9NW

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