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Practitioner Psychologist/Psychological Therapist in ACP and PD Lead

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum pro rata incl. 5% Fringe High Cost Allowance
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced, skilled and enthusiastic Clinical/Counselling Psychologist/Psychological Therapist to join our well-established, dynamic and welcoming Adult Community Psychology Team in South West Essex. They will lead on offering comprehensive psychological assessment and risk assessments, together with evidence-based interventions targeted at managing the needs of clients presenting with difficulties associated with personality disorder.

Grade/Salary: Band 8a

Location: South West Essex (Basildon, Brentwood and Thurrock)

Hours: 37.5 per week (18.75 hours in ACP and 18.75 hours in PD lead post)

The Adult Community Psychological Service provides a Tier 2 service to the South Essex locality. The post holder will be expected to provide specialist psychological input to the local community mental health teams comprising the First Response Team (FRT) and Recovery and Wellbeing Team (RWT). The FRT delivers care and interventions to clients newly referred to secondary care mental health services for a period of 6 months. The RWT delivers care plans aligned to recovery focused outcomes to clients with longer term needs. As a member of the multidisciplinary team you will also be required to provide consultation, supervision and teaching to other professionals. The post holder will integrate working with Talking therapies, in-patient, specialist team, and the MDT colleagues.

Main duties of the job

The role involves developing psychology interventions and an associated strategy for service delivery for working with clients who present risks to themselves and/or others and who have histories of trauma and abuse. They will also be involved in supervising Trainee Psychologists as well as Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPS), which the Psychological Services Directorate has taken an active role in facilitating the recruitment and training of. The role also involves offering advice and consultation on client's psychological care to non-psychologist colleagues and to non-professional carers, working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of the team's and Trust's policies and procedures.

The service provides an environment for psychological therapies staff to develop their skills through high quality supervision and a supported CPD programme, ideal for staff who have an interest in developing specialisms with a focus on career progression, including generous possible training opportunities in EMDR, Schema Therapy, DBT and other modalities that link to service needs and appraisal objectives. Leadership training is also supported, depending on career progression needs, through the Trust's internal programme and the NHS Leadership Academy.

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

The Psychological Services Directorate is committed to investing in you as an individual and in your career development. EPUT highly respects and values psychological thinking and we welcome you to join our team.

Please see the detailed job description and service specification attached to this advert.

For an informal discussion or to arrange an informal visit, please contact Dr Adebayo Idowu, Principal Practitioner Psychologist on 07890895891 or by email on

Person Specification



  • Professional post-graduate qualification in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (BPS accredited)
  • HCPC, BABCP or UKCP Registered
  • Post accreditation training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice such as DBT, CAT, Schema therapy, EMDR, MBT or SCM.


  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology
  • Doctoral level (or equivalent of) knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis



  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Demonstrate further specialist training and/or experience through specialist training and supervision, in specialist therapies for treating Personality Disorder & Complex Needs, such as DBT, CAT, Schema therapy, EMDR, MBT or SCM



  • Experience in providing psychological/psychotherapy interventions at post graduate level.
  • Experience of assessing complex clients for appropriate psychological intervention.
  • Ability to develop and communicate psychological formulations.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, presenting with a range of clinical severity


  • Experience of teaching, training and/or supervision of other staff
  • Experience in offering consultation and staff support to multidisciplinary staff teams
  • Skills in psychometric assessment and ability to administer neuropsychological tests

Personal Qualities


  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour:
  • Positive attitude to collaborative team work
  • Accountable for own professional actions and ability to work autonomously

Employer details

Employer name

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Basildon Community Resource Centre


SS16 5NL

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