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

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
10 Jul 2024
We have a 1 WTE vacancy: 0.5 WTE fora Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and a 0.5 WTE vacancy for a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/PD lead. These two posts can be applied for separately, or as a full time position. Both positions are part of adult community psychological services in Mid Essex. We welcome newly qualified applicants who can be initially appointed at a band 7 with preceptorship to 8A in due course.

We are looking for someone interested in developing expertise in specific psychological interventions aimed at reducing risk and addressing emotional dysregulation, preferably Dialectical Behaviour Therapy this is especially the case for the personality disorder lead post but we would support further training for both positions.

This vacancy comes with up to �6,000 training budget, calculated pro rata, available after 6 months successful probation, to be utilized within 3 years of appointment.

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 services.

Main duties of the job

Adult community 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. The post-holder will be expected to become proficient in the delivery of one or more specialist evidence based psychological interventions (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the PD lead position or Schema Therapy for the generic role) and contribute to the management and running of these therapeutic programmes.

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



  • Doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or its equivalent), including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the HCPC.
  • HCPC registration


  • Post graduate training in an evidence based and specialist psychological treatment, preferably DBT, or the willingness to undertake this training, in line with the needs of the service.



  • Experience in specialist psychological assessment and treatment of complex mental health presentations across the full range of care settings, including inpatient and community settings.
  • Experience in conducting neuropsychological assessments in adult services.
  • Experience in the use of psychometric tools.
  • Experience in teaching, training and supervision.
  • Experience of working within a team environment.

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


The Gables



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