Clinical/Counselling Psychologist role in Adult ADHD

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Mid and South Essex
£41,659 to £54,619 a year per annum
Closing date
29 Mar 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
A really exciting opportunity has arisen to develop a multidisciplinary ADHD service across Mid and South Essex. These posts will be aligned to the South Essex Aspergers Service and in future we hope that we can look towards developing a more comprehensive neurodevelopmental service.

These positions offer excellent clinical leadership and service development experiences. This post and service are the beginning of a journey to explore the potential for the development of neurodevelopmental services and within this a leadership/expert role. With this in mind, further development through the appraisal process and additional leadership/neurodevelopmental training can be considered with up to £6000 being available over a period of 2-3 years .

Main duties of the job

We are looking to recruit to this new team consisting of psychiatry, psychology, nursing and pharmacy. These posts will be crucial in spanning the clinical delivery of assessment and intervention both psychological as well as pharmacological for people with suspected ADHD who are not already known to secondary mental health services. The team will integrate and work in partnership with local Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and IAPT services to develop further support for individuals. There will be a role for training and consultation to the PCNs and mental health colleagues in secondary and primary care services as well as in the wider community.

If you are innovative and passionate about improving access to and the quality of care for people with neurodevelopmental disorders this post is well suited to you. There are also opportunities to look at flexible working and opportunities for job share into other services across the Trust which include both clinical and training roles. These include opportunities such as partnership training around Clinical Associate Psychology (CAP) roles, training across the Trust for ACT based resilience training for staff and split roles across our clinical services including Adult Community Psychology.

Please contact us to explore and discuss this further

About us

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. 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

Important notice: On 9th November 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) formally announced that individuals undertaking CQC regulated activities in England must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than 1st April 2022. The purpose of this is to protect all those that use health and social care services, as well as to protect colleagues, and to help reduce the amount of COVID-19 related sickness absences.

Please note that for all roles at Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust that fall into the regulated activity criteria, evidence of vaccination status (first and second dose) will become a condition of employment from 1st April 2022. Therefore, please note that if you are successfully appointed at EPUT for one of these roles, your vaccination status will form part of your pre-employment checks.

Job description Job responsibilities

The Trust has a well-respected clinical psychology department, with clinical psychology integrated within most specialisms and involved with the planning and strategic implementation of new and existing services.

We hold the development of people within our department as crucial to delivering key targets for the service and the Trust. The Service enjoys good links with and supervises clinical psychology trainees from the University of East Anglia, University of Hertfordshire, University of Essex and University College, London training schemes. Clinical research, teaching and specialised interests are actively encouraged. As well as formal courses, members of the department have enjoyed secondments and placements at several centres of excellence. Current members of the department are clinical tutors on training courses, hold honorary lecturer and fellowship positions and have involvement as fellows at CSIP/NIMHE

For further main responsibilities and duties please refer to the job description and person specification.

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral degree in Clinical/Counselling Psychology as accredited by the BPS or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996. Training to have included psychometric testing, models of psychopathology, neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • Highly developed skills of communication of complex, highly sensitive or technical information both orally and in writing to clients, their families, carers or professional colleagues
  • Skilful manipulation of psychological test equipment requiring precision, accuracy sustained concentration and
  • Skills in conducting complex specialist assessments including for neurodevelopmental disorders and integrated interventions requiring frequent sustained and intense concentration
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Pre-training experience of working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of legislation, national and local polices and current development in the field of neurodevelopmental disorders and conditions
  • Knowledge of research methodology, design and analysis to a clinical/counselling psychology doctoral degree standard
  • Knowledge and experience of group based interventions for individuals with anxiety, low mood and executive functioning difficulties
Skills/Experience Essential
  • Good oral communication skills based on fluency on the English language
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and intervention across a range of settings including outpatient, community and inpatient settings
  • Experience of service development and supervision of qualified psychologists and other professional groups
  • Experience of working with a wide range of client groups with presenting problems reflecting issues across the lifespan, across a range of clinical severities and indifferent cultural contexts
  • Experience of maintaining a professional manner when confronted with highly distressing or emotive information, when faced with verbal aggression or the threat of physical aggression
  • Literate in IT/Computer Skills
  • Experience of assessment and intervention with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders/conditions
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Ability to identify provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
  • Ability to identify, and employ, as appropriate, clinical governance mechanisms for the support and maintenance of clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to design and carry out multimedia presentations for the teaching or training of the public, professionals or clinical psychology colleagues
  • Ability to recognise occasions when additional support or advice is required to maintain high standards of clinical practice when exposed to distressing or challenging situations.
  • Shares the Trust's Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour
  • Positive: optimistic; noticing and appreciating good work; and aiming to improve services and customer experience
  • Welcoming: friendly, responsive, courteous and on time
  • Respectful: respecting others and not judging; respecting people's dignity and privacy
  • Involving: listening and communicating clearly; able and willing to involve, and work together with, others
  • Kind: compassionate, helpful and understanding
  • Accountable: using best practice to get effective results; prioritise and speak about safety; being professional and aware when we are 'on stage'
  • Ensures that organisational values are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant Line Manager; or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate
Additional Requirements Essential
  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc

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