Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (Staff Support)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£47,126 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
3 Jul 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity to join our expanding team in delivering staff support in the award winning 'Here for You' staff mental health and wellbeing hub.

'Here For You' is a joint partnership between EPUT and HPFT which delivers staff support services to all health, social care and third sector organisations across Essex and Hertfordshire. Working collaboratively, you will be part of a wide team, consisting of Consultant, Principal and qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists as well as High Intensity workers, Assistant Psychologists, CAPs, Social Workers, Nurses, a Project Manager and Administrator. This project won the support and validation from the regional and national NHSEI teams looking at staff support during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its collaborative working at all levels, enterprise and creativity. It has gained the support of three Integrated Care Systems in the area as well as from all acute hospitals in the region. The service aims to both in-reach and outreach to staff working in all three sectors and support cultural shifts in psychological self-care amongst partner organisations. This new initiative aims to create a pathway for all health, social care and third sector colleagues and to provide them with rapid access to evidence based psychological support.

Main duties of the job

You will work in liaison with your colleagues in the staff support service, 'Here For You' thereby contributing to an Essex and Hertfordshire wide resource. Whilst the EPUT wellbeing hub is based primarily within Essex, most staff work remotely much of the time, with in-person visits to services when needed.

The post involves integrating with partner organisations to offer reflective practice, psychoeducation and other outreach activities. Alongside this, the post holder will also have a significant direct clinical role, assessing those who self-refer into the service, developing formulation and intervention plans and assisting those staff to access appropriate evidence-based interventions, within the hub or 'warm-handed' into other local mental health services. The post holder will deliver both individual and group interventions and will also have a role in supervising and supporting more junior staff within the 'Here for You' service. We regularly have Clinical Psychology trainees, alongside Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) and Assistant Psychologists, offering good opportunities to develop supervision skills. There are also opportunities to collaborate on service evaluation and research, offering a varied and interesting role.

About us

The Here for You service is embedded within a flourishing Psychological Service Directorate in EPUT, with Psychologists making a significant contribution to leadership within the Trust. EPUT Psychological Services have developed several innovative services, including delivering degree-level training in collaboration with the University of Essex. We host an annual conference showing innovation and good practice, and there are excellent opportunities to link with colleagues from within the Psychological Services Directorate to collaborate on projects.

The Trust offers excellent support for staff CPD, and post holders will be supported to undertake relevant CPD, for example to gain dual accreditation in a specialist area of psychological therapy, to undertake further leadership training and development, or to develop an area of research, supported by the appraisal process. We have strong links with several regional universities that include research collaborations as well as contribution to teaching and placement experience.

Join EPUT for a wealth of benefits, including:
  • A commitment to develop your career
  • A generous relocation package of up to £8000 (offered under specific terms)
  • Flexible working
  • Funding to further CPD training
  • Support for overseas candidates
  • A range of well-functioning Staff Networks, including: BAME; LGBTQ+; Faith; Carers; Disability (please contact staff for more information on Staff Networks)

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for details of the job role and applicant requirements.

We are happy to receive applications from those who are about to qualify/newly qualified who may not yet meet all of the person specifications. We offer the opportunity to undertake a preceptorship, employed at band 7 and following an appraisal-linked development plan to then work towards readiness for a band 8a post.

If you are committed to the wellbeing of our health, mental health and social care workforce and would like to make a meaningful contribution to building staff wellbeing, we'd love to hear from you.

As a part of our commitment to ensuring that our workforce is reflective of those who use our services, we would particularly encourage applications from those who identify as being part of a minoritised group.

For further information about this opportunities please contact Dr Barbara Mason, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Associate Clinical Director of Psychological Services. Email: or

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Formal training and accreditation to Doctoral level in Clinical or Counselling Psychology, or its equivalent.
  • HCPC Registration
  • Additional relevant post-qualification training or accreditation (e.g. therapy, supervision)
Skills Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, formulation, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration. Ability to choose most appropriate mode of intervention for clients.
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS, in highly emotional situations.
  • Experience of staff consultation or reflective practice

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