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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in Community Complex Care

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Apr 2023

Job Details

A new vacancy has arisen for a Principal Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join and lead a multidisciplinary team (MDT) in a new ground-breaking community service in partnership with Social Care. We will be piloting a multidisciplinary Complex Care service in Grays (Essex) for service-users in social housing with complex needs including severe and enduring mental illness, personality disorder and substance misuse. A bespoke engagement approach will be developed to facilitate increased willingness and understanding with the aim of addressing service-users' mental health difficulties and helping them to achieve outcomes that impact on their general wellbeing. Clinical and management supervision will be provided within Psychological Services. The post-holder will lead the MDT which will comprise a Specialist Mental Health Housing Officer, a Local Area Coordinator, a Social Worker (AMPH) and a Dual Diagnosis Practitioner.

Whilst the pilot will last one year, this post is being offered on a substantive basis. Should the pilot not proceed to a permanent service, the post-holder will be redeployed to another service within Psychological Services in EPUT.

EPUT provides great opportunities for professional development including a £6,000 CPD package to be used within 3 years of service following successful completion of the probation period and linked to the appraisal process as agreed with your line manager.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide a high quality specialist psychology service to clients referred to the team.
  • To lead in the supervision of other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.
  • To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the governance of psychological practice within the team.
  • To utilise research skills for audit, policy, service development and research.
  • To propose and implement policy changes within the area serviced by the team/service.
  • To represent Adult Community Psychological Services in strategy meetings to support service development and delivery.
  • To deputise for the Head of Adult Community Psychological Services as required.

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

Please see attached job description and person specification for full details on the role.

Please contact Dr Claire Warner regarding any queries on the job role at

Person Specification Education/Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in psychology as accredited by the BPS, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan development psychology.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice.
Knowledge Essential
  • 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 writing, highly technical, and clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professionals and non-professional groups.
  • Doctoral level knowledge or equivalent of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis as practised within the field of clinical psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS.
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Well-developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnosis, people with additional disabilities etc.).
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of highly specialised psychological therapies and assessment methodologies

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