Psychological Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Feb 2023

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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This is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic therapist or newly qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join EPUT's expanding psychological services for parents and their infants.

You will need a core profession, registration and/or accreditation aligned to a professional body such as the BPS or BABCP. We encourage core professions such as nursing/OT with requisite accreditation to apply. You will be working alongside other qualified clinicians including Clinical and Counselling Psychologists and Psychotherapists to deliver formulation based individual and group interventions.

This post is 1 wte Band 7 in the Mid Hub covering Chelmsford, Braintree and Maldon. EPUT offers flexible working options and job share/part time working can also be considered.

PMHS consists of five perinatal hubs with a MDT staff mix comprising of Nursing, Psychiatry, Psychology, OT, Social Work and Nursery Nursing. PMHS has established pathways with maternity, health visiting, secondary care mental health services and primary care services which strengthens provision to be streamlined, timely and effective for mothers in the perinatal period. There is a comprehensive training package available for successful candidates who are looking to move into perinatal work. There are opportunities to shape a role to meet part time and flexible working arrangements.

Main duties of the job

Main duties of the job

Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood are recognised as a time when mental health difficulties and relationship stress can occur. Experience of preexisting trauma as well as trauma during the perinatal period can have a significant impact on the experience of becoming a mother. Psychological interventions which are specific, effective, and valued by women can support them with such difficulties; reducing distress and health care costs, whilst increasing physical and psychological wellbeing. Interventions can be delivered both through group and individual approaches.

We are particularly keen to hear from applicants with solid experience working with trauma approaches such as EMDR as well as working with complex psychological need utilising approaches such as DBT and MBT.

The service continues to offer a hybrid model of both video and face to face work and home visiting is offered when indicated.

Perinatal Psychology is a flourishing and exciting field to work in and there will be highly specialised trainings and supervisions available to the successful candidates.

About us

The Psychological Services Directorate supports staff with training and CPD opportunities as well as yearly appraisals to support staff growth and development. High quality clinical supervision is standard as well as opportunities to receive supervision for accreditation and development. Staff wellbeing is prioritised and supported.

Job description Job responsibilities

Delivering high quality evidence interventions, both group and individual to mothers with significant perinatal mental health need. The service has a triage and assessment function in line with NHSe Long Term Plan to increase access to perinatal mental health services. There will be a requirement to offer generic assessments as well as specialised psychological assessments to support the mother's careplanning.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • oDoctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology as accredited by the HCPC and BPS Or oAllied Health Professional with registration to professional bodies such as HCPC , NMC as well as a psychotherapeutic accreditation e.g. BACP Or oPractising Psychotherapist who is fully qualified registered member of the relevant accrediting body e.g. UKCP, ACP, BPC or BACP,
  • oSignificant training in a Trauma informed approaches e.g. oEMDR oDBT oCBT for Trauma oMBT
Experience Essential
  • oKnowledge of psychological and psychotherapeutic therapies and their application when working with trauma presentations
  • Experience of working in NHS
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working with a team
  • Experience of mental health care planning

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