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Band 7 or 8a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Linden Centre, Chelmsford
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Feb 2023

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An exciting opportunity has arisen for an innovative and enthusiastic qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our exciting, ever-evolving psychological inpatient services in EPUT. This role offers the opportunity to work across both our Mother and Baby Unit (MBU - 0.5 WTE) and our acute inpatient wards (0.5 WTE) at the Linden Centre in Chelmsford. We are a creative team who pride themselves on offering rapid assessments, psychologically-informed formulations and innovative psychological interventions to service users who are in crisis. We aim to understand the impact of trauma and adverse experiences on an individual's presentation and work with our MDT colleagues to ensure purposeful inpatient admissions.

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with experience of a range of presenting needs who can formulate complexity and is able to work well within an MDT setting. Experience of in-patient settings and/ or perinatal mental health is desirable but not essential. We would welcome candidates with prior experience of these fields, but are also keen to hear from those who have an interest in inpatient and perinatal mental health and are looking to develop their skills in these areas.

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.

Applications from newly qualified clinical/counselling psychologists or those about to complete training are welcomed.

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

As an inpatient psychological service, we place emphasis on providing direct psychological interventions which can be offered individually, in groups or with the wider support system and also on indirect interventions which include staff training, reflective practise, case consultation and staff well-being. Inpatient psychological work often necessitates the use of a creative approach, drawing on a range of models, as well as collaborative working with other members of the MDT and wider system, therefore an ability to work integratively and creatively is welcomed. The role also includes supervision of Trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologists, Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) and Assistant Psychologists. You will join an expanding team of psychological therapists working in inpatient settings, supervised by an experienced inpatient Lead Psychologist/ Psychological Practitioner.

Perinatal mental health Psychology aims to understand and support maternal mental health and wellbeing and this ethos will be fundamental to the work supporting the Mother and Baby Unit (MBU). Pregnancy and the transition to parenthood are recognised as a time when mental health difficulties and relationship stress can occur and intensify. 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. The BPS Briefing Paper on Perinatal Psychology Service provision is a good source of information for those new to this area of work.

Working with mothers and infants at a time of acute difficulty can be hugely rewarding and many mothers will seek psychological support to understand the significant shift in their journey to becoming a parent. The role will provide diverse working relationships with mothers, their infants, their families as well as the wider perinatal system including the Community Perinatal Mental Health Service, Health Visiting and Midwifery. For more information on what to expect from an MBU the Royal College of Psychiatry information provides a good overview.

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.

As well as applicants from the UK, we encourage overseas candidates to apply for this role. We welcome diversity within our organisation. We can offer guidance for candidates coming from overseas about settling into working in the UK and we have a programme to provide a buddy for you, i.e. a member of the Psychological Services Directorate who has also emigrated to join us at EPUT and can guide you through as you settle into your new home. We understand that, as an overseas candidate, you will have gone through excellent training in your country of origin and we encourage you to join us, even if for 2 to 3 years if you are not yet sure that you want to make the UK your permanent residence.

Join EPUT for a wealth of benefits, including:
  • A commitment to develop your career
  • Flexible working
  • 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)

If you would like to call to discuss working patterns, travel or relocation implications, please do not hesitate to get in touch on the number/ email address below.


Dr Anna Orchard (Lead for inpatient psychological services in Chelmsford, Colchester & Harlow) Tel: 07581 016538 Email:

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology/ or equivalent qualification
  • HCPC Registered
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in written reports, letters and other health correspondence, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Ability to communicate well with people with complex mental health problems
  • Post accreditation training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice e.g. CBTp or other
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists/psychological therapists
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practical within the clinical fields of psychology/ relevant discipline.
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. eating disorder, personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc)
  • High level knowledge of the theory and practice of at least two specialised psychological therapies
  • Knowledge of severe Perinatal Mental health presentations
  • Knowledge of attachment theory and parent infant relationships
  • Knowledge of Infant Mental Health
  • Experience of supporting staff to manage highly stressful situations
  • Experience of parent/infant approaches for example, Video Interaction Guidance or Circles of Security

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