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Senior Clinical Psychologist - Perinatal Mental Health Service

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
11 Jul 2024
This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist to join EPUT's expanding psychological services for parents and their infants.

We are pleased to offer an full time 8a posts in EPUT Essex Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS). Following significant investment in psychology provision the service delivers high quality support and intervention to mothers, their infants and their families. PMHS consists of five perinatal hubs with a staff mix comprising of Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology as well as MDT skill mix of Nursery Nursing, OT and social work. There are strong pathways and relationships with maternity, health visiting, secondary care mental health services and primary care services to provide more streamlined, timely and effective care for mothers in the perinatal period. This post will be in North East Locality (Colchester and Coastal Towns). There are opportunities to shape a role for flexible working arrangements.

Main duties of the job

There will significant opportunities to develop your supervision, teaching and consultation skills and to further develop the psychology service to meet the needs of mothers and their infants. Staff wellbeing is also highly valued and we are looking for candidates with experience of wellbeing initiatives to support the PMHS staff as they manage highly challenging caseloads with complex risk and safeguarding issues.

You will be expected to contribute to the development of Perinatal Psychology both within the trust and externally through attendance at CPD and network events. Participation in research and audit will be encouraged. You will be encouraged to develop a specialist clinical interest and continued professional development is strongly supported.

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

This role will provide highly specialist assessment and intervention to mothers and their infants

The role with the Perinatal Mental Health Service (PMHS) will be to provide evidence based perinatally informed psychological therapies to mothers through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period up to the infant age of 2 years.

The role also requires the delivery of supervision and consultation to the PMHS as well as supporting the ongoing service development of both perinatal psychology and the perinatal service.

There will be an expectation for the postholder to lead on pathway and interface development with local stakeholders and partner agencies.

The postholder will provide clinical leadership and support to the PMHS and support the development of junior psychologists and non psychology staff. There is also an expectation to support the PMHS with staff wellbeing initiatives through the use of reflective groups and teaching and upskilling of work stress resilience approaches.

Person Specification



  • Professional and doctoral training in Clinical/Counselling psychology as accredited by the British Psychological Society.


  • Post qualification training in trauma therapies



  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies.


  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies for complex trauma



  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across a range of care settings, including community and primary care settings.


  • Experience of working with women and families in perinatal settings



  • Experience of supporting staff wellbeing, leading initiatives to support staff with managing stressful and challenging cases


  • Experience of building relationships with services and organisations both internally and externally to the NHS trust, evidence of networking skills

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Severalls House

2 Boxted Road



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