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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist (PD Lead) - Adult Community Services

We have the opportunity to recruit to the equivalent of 0.8 WTE (4 days) Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologists/PD lead post to join Adult Community Psychological Services in Mid Essex for a 12 months maternity cover.

This post can include the PD lead role (0.4 WTE) or the clinical/counselling clinical psychologist role (0.4 WTE), or both (0.8 WTE). We can be flexible according to the candidate's skills, experience and preference.

We welcome newly qualified applicants who can be appointed at a band 7.

We would prefer to have candidates with an experience or interest in one of the following modalities: Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for personality disorders Schema Therapy or Cognitive Analytic Therapy. However, specialist training in these modalities is not required and we can offer excellent specialist supervision to develop your skills.

Main duties of the job

Adult Community Psychological Services are integrated within multi-disciplinary teams covering a broad geographical area, with bases in Chelmsford and Braintree.

You will be working alongside a variety of experienced professionals from different backgrounds. We focus on providing a variety of psychological interventions to service users with highly complex and severe presentations who are also under the care of community teams. We are looking for someone also skilled in multi-disciplinary treatment planning, who can form the premises of respectful and collegial relationships with members of various disciplines and rise to the challenges posed by working in large teams and across teams. This is an exciting opportunity to work within supportive MDTs and highly experienced clinical/counselling psychology and psychotherapy colleagues.

We are looking for someone competent and experienced in delivering psychological assessments and interventions who is capable of assessing and managing clients and situations at high risk. Experience of offering consultations and developing clinical formulations is essential. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate experience with clients who experience severe emotional dysregulation and distress, often with a history of trauma and multiple problematic issues.

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

For further details on the job description and main responsibilities, please refer to the job description and person specification documents in this advert.

Person Specification



  • Doctorate in clinical/counselling psychology or equivalent



  • Experience of working with complex presentations

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


C& E Centre

New London Road



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