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Psychological Therapist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Mile End
£41,659 to £47,672 a year per annum (pro rata for part time hours)
Closing date
8 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 North East Hub covering Colchester & Coastal Towns. 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

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. 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
Working for your organisation

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

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.

To deliver high quality evidence based interventions, both individual and group to mothers with significant perinatal mental health need. The service also has a triage and assessment function and you will be expected to deliver both generic and specialised assessment to support the mothers' 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
  • oExperience and knowledge of psychological and psychotherapeutic therapies and their application when working with trauma presentations
  • Experience of working in the NHS
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working in a team
  • Experience of mental health careplanning

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