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Paediatric Psychological Therapist

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Basildon, Southend and Chelmsford
£43,742 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
21 Jul 2024

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Are you interested in the link between physical and emotional health? Would you like to work with paediatric patients (from birth to 18 years old) and their families who are finding that their physical health problems are affecting their psychological well-being? Would you like to be an integral part of growing the Paediatric Psychological Therapies Service within a creative and enthusiastic team who prioritise supporting our staff and their development by providing both individual and group supervision as well as regular team discussions?

We are very excited to invite applications to several new permanent Band 7 posts in our Paediatric Psychological Therapies team. These posts have come about as we have brought external SLAs in-house and fixed-term posts are now able to be recruited on a permanent basis. We have funding for 3.5 WTEs working either at one or multiple sites (Basildon, Southend & Broomfield Hospitals). We are open to discussions of preferences of site and hours for successful candidates within the context of delivering service continuity.

Main duties of the job

We are a unique and vibrant hospital-based multidisciplinary team which includes Psychotherapists, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Clinical and Counselling Psychologists, Art Therapists, Mental Health Liaison staff and Administrators.

You will work across a broad range of paediatric patient groups, such as Neonatal, Type 1 Diabetes and Oncology, working with both inpatients and outpatients and their families. There are also exciting opportunities to work within our specialist Infant Bereavement Service. In addition, the post holder will help support staff through reflective practice.

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, and highly motivated individuals, who are resilient and flexible and able to meet the challenge of this complex work. We require a fully accredited and qualified candidates who are able to work on their own initiative, as well as in a supportive team with a displayed interest in the link between physical and psychological health. This is a rare opportunity to join and grow our service for the future.

Interviews will be in two stages to give candidates a clear idea of the post and for us to experience them in both group and individual settings. The interview details are below:

Date: Monday, 8th July 2024

About us

With a workforce of approximately 15,000 staff, we can now do more and go further in delivering health services to our local communities.

Our ambition is to deliver excellent local and specialist services, to improve the health and wellbeing of our patients, and provide a vibrant place for staff to develop, innovate and build careers.

Patients will experience improved care as well as fewer delays and cancellations. We are able to provide more once-in-a-lifetime specialist care region-wide. With our new trust size will come more opportunities for development, research, networking and innovation.

We aim to make the most of our skills and experiences so we can become the best we can be. As one organisation we will recruit the finest and retain more specialist staff due to more employment opportunities across our Trust.

Job description

Job responsibilities

We look forward to your application. Please refer to attached Job Description for full list of responsibilities.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate qualification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy, Clinical Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Art Therapy or equivalent.



  • Registered or eligible for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council or equivalent, such UKPC, BACP.



  • Clear and concise application form



  • Appropriate demonstrable clinical child and family experience



  • Experience of working in a hospital setting

Employer details

Employer name

Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust



Nether Mayne

Basildon, Southend and Chelmsford

SS16 5NL

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