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Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
15 Aug 2022

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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We have exciting opportunities for enthusiastic Clinical/Counselling Psychologists who are seeking career progression and varied clinical roles in our well-established and dynamic Older People's Psychological Services in Mid Essex.

2.0 wte posts are available, we welcome applications from those who wish to work part time.

Newly qualified clinical/counselling psychologists or those who will be qualifying and achieving HCPC status this year are invited to apply under a preceptorship arrangement.

This is an exciting time to join our team as we co-produce and transform older people's services in Mid Essex to enable more accessible, integrated services that better meet the needs of our service-users. We are an experienced and innovative team of five qualified psychologists, four assistant psychologists and trainee psychologists. We provide comprehensive psychological assessment and interventions for older people with complex mental health needs and adults with dementia across inpatient and community mental health settings in Mid Essex. We also provide consultation and organisational development including reflective practice groups, training and consultation for our multi-disciplinary colleagues. We have close ties with local Doctoral Clinical Training Programmes and provide much valued older adult placements.

Main duties of the job

This post offers you diversity in clinical practice, supporting and enabling your professional development. You will provide direct psychological assessment and interventions for older people with complex mental health difficulties and dementia (and their families and wider systems), group interventions, neuropsychological assessment and work collaboratively with our multi-disciplinary teams. You will provide supervision to assistant and trainee psychologists (dependent on experience). You will receive regular clinical supervision from a senior clinical psychologist and peer support from colleagues across Trust Older People's Psychological Services. Clinical research, teaching and specialised interests are actively encouraged and you will have opportunities to contribute to service improvement and develop your clinical leadership skills.

This post covers Mid Essex (Chelmsford, Maldon, Braintree areas). Our central hub is the Crystal Centre, a purposively built award winning home of Older Adults' mental health services in Chelmsford with good transport links and a staff car park. We are based on a main hospital site with a range of shops including coffee shops, proximity to excellent childcare providers and the grounds which offer beautiful gardens with lovely walks.

About us

We, the Psychological Services Directorate at EPUT, invest and commit to the staff who choose to work with us. We value staff wellbeing highly in what can be challenging, but, ultimately, hugely rewarding work. Investing in staff career progression is our priority and many of our Principal and Consultant Psychologists have been promoted and developed within our Trust. We understand the importance of flexible working in order to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offer many different configurations, including a combination of remote and on-site working.

We are committed to delivering equitable services and developing an inclusive culture. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds, especially from under-represented groups, as we are keen to bring diverse life experiences to our teams and expand who we are and what we have to offer.

Join EPUT for a wealth of benefits, including:
  • A commitment to develop your career
  • A preceptorship arrangement with swift acceleration to band 8a for newly qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists (when criteria have been fulfilled, usually 6-12 months post induction)
  • A generous relocation package of up to £8000 (offered under specific terms)
  • Flexible working
  • Funding to further CPD training
  • Support for overseas candidates
  • A range of well-functioning Staff Networks, including: BAME; LGBTQ+; Faith; Carers; Disability (please contact staff for more information on Staff Networks)

Job description Job responsibilities

For detailed information, please refer to the Job description and Person Specification attached to the vacancy.

Person Specification Education/ Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical or Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS; HCPC registration and eligible for registration with a an appropriate recognised professional clinical body (e.g. BPS)
  • Completed training to include models of psychopathology, neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology
  • Evidence of CPD in relation to clinical speciality
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists/professionals
Work Experience Essential
  • Significant experience of working within NHS mental health services and multidisciplinary teams
  • Significant proven experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including outpatient, community, in-patient and residential care settings. Maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Clear evidence of interest in and experience of working with older adults with complex mental health needs and/or dementia.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care and treatment within the context of a multidisciplinary care plan. Ability to conduct specialist risk assessments.
  • Experience of supervision
  • For 8a - experience of working as a qualified Clinical Psychologist for a minimum of 18 months
  • Specific experience of assessment, formulation and intervention for people with dementia, their carers and families
  • Specific experience of assessing and delivering interventions with behaviours that challenge in dementia
  • Specific experience of assessment, formulation and intervention for people with complex mental health needs, their carers and families.
  • Experience of providing consultation to community teams and residential settings including non-NHS staff
  • Experience of the application of clinical psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of teaching and training
Knowledge Essential
  • Doctoral level knowledge of psychological therapies and the application of current models of practice, specialist assessment tools and outcomes frameworks in own specialist area of practice
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies/psychosocial interventions for older adults/people with dementia
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the specific client group and mental health more broadly
  • Knowledge of working with external agencies to support the service user group
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of neuropsychology in the context of dementia
Skills Essential
  • Ability to assess, formulate and implement specialist interventions with service users and in consultation with multidisciplinary staff
  • Skills in the use of highly complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Ability to support families and carers within the boundaries of your role and professional code of conduct
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and nonprofessional groups
  • Ability to critically analyse and review research findings and reports
  • Ability to use supervision effectively
  • Ability to manage and coordinate multi-disciplinary meetings i.e. referral / review / business / handover
  • Self-motivated with a desire to contribute to ongoing service development
  • Able to demonstrate a level of flexibility, innovation and creativity in the working environment
  • Ability to develop and use complex multi-media materials for presentations and teaching in public, professional and academic setting.
  • Formal training in clinical supervision
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • The ability to devise, lead, facilitate and support group work with colleagues and service user groups

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