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Principal Practitioner Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£58,079 to £67,177 a year per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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The role of Principal Practitioner Psychologist in Mental Health Liaison offers opportunities to work across clinical severity and a range of settings to provide high quality psychological care for those in crisis, as well as those who are experiencing a mental health need in the context of a physical health condition.

The role requires working across mental health and physical health multidisciplinary teams, being able to hold holistic care as the goal in supporting client needs. This role requires excellent communication skills to be able to liaise with teams both in the acute and community setting in order to support smooth transitions.

Main duties of the job

  • Excellent communication skills and rapport building
  • Holding holistic views of clients need and sharing this with other professionals to support positive outcomes
  • To be mindful of language and process when working across settings to support psychological thinking and ethical practice
  • To lead psychological provision in the mental health liaison service and supervise qualified and those training in psychological and MDT professionals
  • To lead on service development with fellow mental health liaison leads to ensure that the service meets local needs and national objectives.
  • To offer training and consultation to MDT professionals in mental health liaison and acute hospital staff as appropriate.
  • To work as part of the Clinical Health Psychology service, engaging with peers to support each other and the shared vision for the directorate.

You will receive support from you Clinical Health Psychology colleagues in Mid, South and West Essex. Supervision will be provided by the Head of Clinical Health Psychology. CPD is actively encouraged, though both internal and external means as appropriate to post.

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. 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 theopportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment.

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for specific details about this post.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • HCPC registered psychologist
  • Has worked as an 8a psychologist
  • Has further training in a specific modality/course appropriate to post
Skills & Knowledge Essential
  • Has worked in mental health settings in the NHS/or equivalent
  • Has worked in physical health settings in the NHS/or equivalent
  • Has worked in MDT settings
  • Has worked with clients in crisis or with highly emotive experiences
  • Has experience of supervising
  • Has experience of teaching/training
  • Has worked in mental health liaison or simliar
  • Demonstrates understanding of trauma frameworks
  • Has service development experience
  • Has supervised qualified professionals
  • Has used a range of therapeutic models and demonstrates advances knowledge and skills in at least one
Engagement Essential
  • Demonstrates a desire to work in mental health liasion settings
  • Demonstrates a desire to work with difference and diversity in all areas of work
  • Has undertaken reading or courses in working in health settings or with related client group

Certificate of Sponsorship
Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).
UK Registration
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details Employer name
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Princess Alexandra Hospital

Hamstel Road


CM20 1QX

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