Psychological Therapist/Clinical/Counselling Psychologist Band 8a/7

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

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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An exciting opportunity has arisen for a qualified Psychological Therapist/Clinical/Counselling Psychologist to join our innovative and evolving psychological inpatient services in EPUT. This role is based at the Basildon Mental Health Unit. Attached to this post is up to £6000 of CPD funding over a 3 year period for training in a therapeutic modality which aligns with service needs (subject to successful completion of 6 months probationary period).

EPUT offer a fantastic relocation package of up to £8,000. If you would like more information please contact

We invest in the staff who work with us and many of our Consultant Psychologists have been promoted within EPUT. We value staff well-being in what can be challenging, but, hugely rewarding work.We understand the importance of flexible working to maintain a work/home life balance and offer different configurations of working. Additional hours, part time, job-share applications are all welcome for discussion. Registration with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is essential and eligibility for registration with a professional clinical body (BPS) or Full BABCP Accreditation.

Please contact Rachel Whyte (Lead for inpatient psychological services in Basildon and Rochford) for further discussion: Tel: 07581026796; Email:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Main duties of the job

We are looking for someone with experience of working with a range of presentations who can formulate complexity and risk and works well within an MDT. Experience of in-patient settings is desirable but not essential - if you have experience of working with complex needs and trauma and enjoy the benefits and challenges of working in an MDT, please get in touch. Applications from those about to complete/newly qualified clinical/counselling psychologists are welcomed under a preceptorship arrangement.

The post holder will join an established team of Psychological Practitioners, Arts Psychotherapists, trainees, Clinical Associates in Psychology trainees (CAPS) and Assistant Psychologists (APs). The post holder will have excellent assessment, formulation and intervention skills and an ability to work with service users presenting in crisis. Indirect duties include: supervisory responsibilities, representation at meetings, leading/ supporting with service development and staff support initiatives.

Join EPUT for a wealth of benefits:
  • A commitment to develop your career and CPD funding
  • A preceptorship arrangement for newly qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists (when criteria have been fulfilled/ 6-12 months post induction)
  • A relocation package of up to £8000
  • Flexible working
  • Support for overseas candidates
  • Access to Staff Networks, including: BAME; LGBTQ+; Faith; Carers; Disability
  • For further information about duties please refer to the job description.

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

We, the Adult Inpatient Psychological Services team aim to understand the impact of trauma and adverse experiences on an individuals crisis presentation within the hospital setting. We work together with our MDT colleagues to ensure our Service Users experience purposeful inpatient admissions and timely discharges.

EPUTs Adult Inpatient Psychological Services team cover 6 inpatient sites across Essex. Each site has a Principal Lead overseeing the area. Our team is comprised of Principal/Senior Practitioners, Arts Psychotherapists, trainees and CAPS. We acknowledge the excellent day-to-day work of our staff team and also pride ourselves on new creative practice as evidenced by recent innovations; such as our Out of Hours access to psychological groups scheme and our nationally recognised staff training packages.

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 weencourage 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.

The Psychological Services Directorate enjoys good links with and supervises clinical psychology trainees from The University of East Anglia, University of Essex and University College training schemes. Clinical research, teaching and specialised interests are encouraged as well as formal courses. Members of the directorate have enjoyed secondments and learning opportunities across the Trust.

For more information please see attached Job Description and Person specification.

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical/Counselling Psychology OR equivalent Psychological Therapy training (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • HCPC Registration and BPS accreditation OR BABCP Full Accreditation
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Post accreditation training in additional specialised areas of psychological practice e.g. CBT, CBTp, EMDR, DBT, CAT or other..
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of mental health legislation, NHS Constitution, CPA and risk assessment and management.
  • British Psychological Society Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Knowledge of psychological therapies and the application of current models of practice, specialist assessment tools and outcomes frameworks including specialist area of practice.
  • Experience, knowledge and understanding of health legislation, principles of CPA and Care Management, Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act 1983 and safeguarding, the NHS Constitution, and risk assessment / management.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS for Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and OR recommended by BABCP/BACP for Psychological Therapists
  • Experience of working as a qualified clinical/counselling psychologist or psychological therapist for a minimum of two years
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care settings

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