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Principal Psychologist - Liaison (Chelmsford & Southend)

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum
Closing date
12 Mar 2024
The role of Principal Practitioner Psychologist in Mental Health Liaison offers opportunities to work across clinical severity and a range of settings to provide high quality psychological care for those in crisis, as well as those who are experiencing a mental health need in the context of a physical health condition.

The role requires working across mental health and physical health multidisciplinary teams, being able to hold holistic care as the goal in supporting client needs. This role requires excellent communication skills to liaise with teams both in the acute and community setting in order to support smooth transitions.

Main duties of the job

  • To lead psychological provision in the mental health liaison service and supervise qualified and training psychologists, and MDT professionals as appropriate
  • To lead on service development with fellow mental health liaison leads to ensure that the service meets local needs and national objectives
  • To offer training and consultation to MDT professionals in mental health liaison and acute hospital staff as appropriate
  • To work as part of the Clinical Health Psychology service, engaging with peers to support each other and the shared vision for the directorate
  • Excellent communication skills and rapport building
  • Holding holistic views of clients need and sharing this with other professionals to support positive outcomes
  • To be mindful of language and process when working across settings to support psychological thinking and ethical practice

You will receive support from your Clinical Health Psychology colleagues in Mid, South and West Essex. Supervision will be provided by the Head of Clinical Health Psychology. There are direct peers in liaison in Basildon and Harlow. CPD is actively encouraged, through both internal and external means, as appropriate to post.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. 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 theopportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for specific details about this post.

If you are interested in the post, please do reach out for an informal conversation.

Person Specification



  • HCPC registered psychologist
  • Has worked as an 8a psychologist


  • Has further training in a specific modality/course appropriate to post

Skills & Knowledge


  • Has worked in mental health settings in the NHS/or equivalent
  • Has worked in physical health settings in the NHS/or equivalent
  • Has worked in MDT settings
  • Has worked with clients in crisis or with highly emotive experiences
  • Has experience of supervising
  • Has experience of teaching/training


  • Has worked in mental health liaison or simliar
  • Demonstrates understanding of trauma frameworks
  • Has service development experience
  • Has supervised qualified professionals
  • Has used a range of therapeutic models and demonstrates advances knowledge and skills in at least one



  • Demonstrates a desire to work in mental health liasion settings
  • Demonstrates a desire to work with difference and diversity in all areas of work


  • Has undertaken reading or courses in working in health settings or with related client group

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Southend & Broomfield MHLT

Southend Hospital & Broomfield Hospital



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