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Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - Learning Disability Service

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£52,963 to £59,360 per annum incl. 5 % Fringe High Cost Allowance
Closing date
20 Apr 2024

Job Details

Are you ready for your 2024 role?

Grow your psychology career in learning disabilities today and jointly lead a vibrant team to improve and implement care provision for adults with learning disabilities considering assessment, intervention/therapeutic support.

We can support successful candidates with an �8k relocation package and �6k CPD funding + 5% HCAS allowance.

Essex University Partnership University Trust's Learning Disabilities Psychology and Behaviour Therapy Service in south Essex is expanding. This is a great time for highly motivated senior clinical or counselling psychologists passionate about transformation to join the team and develop the service.

We seek professionals motivated to change lives by focusing on patient care that helps individuals flourish, focusing on their well-being and self-determination and aiming for their optimal development. This will applied via a strength-based approach to their learning disability practice.

Roles are available as part of a well-established, highly professional multidisciplinary team of psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists and nurses.

We offer multiple options for further professional development through wider collaborative working with the Essex Learning Disability Partnership (ELDP), including the development of neuro-developmental disorders, dementia and challenging behaviour pathways.

Main duties of the job

  • Work with individual clients to enable them to live their best lives, involving their family/carers, support staff and others involved in their lives.
  • Provide specialist assessments of clients referred to the team based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of complex psychological data.
  • Formulate plans for psychological treatment and/or management of the presenting difficulties based on appropriate conceptual psychological frameworks.
  • Evaluate treatment options, considering theoretical and therapeutic models and assisting clients in making decisions about treatment options.
  • Manage a team of assistant psychologists and trainee counselling/clinical psychologists.
  • Work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the service/team.
  • Utilise your research skills for audit, policy and service development and research.

Why should you consider a psychology career in learning disabilities?
  • It offers varied and interesting work to challenge and develop your skills.
  • It will give you flexibility and freedom to use different models and approaches in your practice.
  • We value your expertise and empower you to use your experience and skills to provide the best possible care to your patients.
  • We want you to advocate for our patients, see behind the diagnosis and improve the perception of learning disability in our society.

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

For a detailed list of job responsibilities, please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification attached to this vacancy.

Please contact the recruiting manager, Dr Kristoff Bonello, Associate Clinical Director Psychological Services at and 01268 568073 for details about the role.

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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