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Senior Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience per annum
Closing date
20 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are very excited to request applicants for an 8a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist post. This post will be within our new ARMS (At Risk Mental State) service, working with individuals considered to be at risk of developing psychosis. The post is community based, covering Mid Essex. This service will be separate to, but under the umbrella of, and have close links with, the existing Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) service in Mid Essex. There are a number of new posts in this new multi-disciplinary team aimed at offering predominantly, but not exclusively, psychosocial interventions with an evidence base of mental health prevention.

Main duties of the job

To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users, utilising information from primary and secondary health care contacts as well as direct contact with the service user.

Where indicated to utilise complex data from a variety of sources including psychological and neuropsychological tests, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect structured observations and semi-structured interviews with clients, family members and others involved in the client's care. The post-holder will also be responsible for the safe use of any equipment used during assessments (e.g. test batteries).

To formulate and implement plans for the formal psychological treatment and/or management of a client's mental health problems, based upon an appropriate conceptual framework of the client's problems, employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy, across the full range settings.

Supervision of psychological therapists and leading on psychological interventions in the ARMs team.

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 a specialist mental health service, ARMS is based on NICE-recommended interventions which include comprehensive assessment and psychological interventions for psychosis or co-existing mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, emerging personality disorder, substance misuse). These activities are often supported with family interventions, recovery coordination, social prescribing and education/employment support. The psychological therapists are an integral part of the ARMS multi-disciplinary team.

As a Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist, you would work autonomously within professional guidelines to provide a high quality specialist psychology service to service users, their families, and other professionals/services involved in the life and care of service users. To ensure that effective, tailored, evidence based psychological assessments and interventions are delivered to service users and their families. To deliver interventions underpinned by evidence based practice, NICE guidance, and DH guidance.

To be responsible for robust assessment and formulation of a service user's psychological needs. To offer highly skilled care-planning in response to the formulation and communicate this accordingly to those involved in the care of the service user.

As it is a new service there is significant scope for innovation in contributing to developing the service.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Must have correct qualifications for post or pending
Experience Essential
  • Experience of working psychologically with psychosis
Professional REgistration Essential
  • Must have appropriate professional registration or pending

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