Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum pro rata plus Fringe Allowance
Closing date
3 Apr 2023

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Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Band 8B
Contract Type
Part Time
We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to join our supportive, highly skilled, established and professional team of psychologists working in Adult Community Mental Health Services in the West Essex area of EPUT. We offer aCPD package of up to £6,000to be used in the first three years of employment following successful completion of the probationary period and linked to the appraisal process as agreed with your line manager.

The post is based in the Latton Bush Centre in Southern Way, Harlow, a 10 minute drive from Harlow Town Centre with close access to the M11.

Main duties of the job

Working closely with psychology and MDT colleagues, the successful applicant will take a lead role in providing direct and indirect clinical psychological services for service users, their families and carers who meet the criteria for secondary mental health services. Team Psychologists employ a trauma-informed consultation approach to support MDT colleagues to actively engage clients in safety and stabilisation work , enabling them to make effective use of more formal psychological interventions/therapies.

You will contribute to and lead within the multidisciplinary team the provision of a comprehensive clinical model of psychologically informed interventions for service users who experience a range of complex disorders with the promotion of a trauma-informed approach to care. You will promote social inclusion and empower service users within their mental health recovery. You will provide consultation and training for staff and others, and placement and supervision for trainee(s), psychologists, assistant(s) and undergraduate psychology placement students. You will be involved/take a lead in the recruitment of lower banded psychologists, liaising with HR in the procedures of recruitment. You will be encouraged to contribute to the development of the Psychological Services and to participate in research, audit and service evaluation where required.

About us

Adult Community Mental Health Services in West Essex cover a broad geographical area with bases in Loughton, Harlow and Uttlesford. The service currently comprises approximately 9 WTE psychologists and three Assistant Psychologists, together with clinical and counselling psychology trainees and university undergraduate psychology students placed with us in the three locality team bases. We also have close links with colleagues locally working in the Specialist Dementia & Frailty Service, First Episode Psychosis (FEP) Service, 18-25s Psychology Service, Perinatal, Eating Disorders, Liaison, Urgent Community Care and In Patient settings. Within the service, psychologists have specialist skills and training in various approaches including CBT, CBTp, Schema Therapy, EMDR, DBT and CAT. Specialist external supervision is provided in several of these modalities and CPD is both strongly supported and actively encouraged.

The Trust has an excellent flexible working policy to facilitate a good work-life balance. We welcome you to join us in shaping these services, as we believe that by investing in the development of our staff member's careers, we are able to strengthen our services so as to provide the best quality care for our service users. If you are enthusiastic, self-motivating with a commitment to delivering high quality service users care we would like to hear from you.

Job description Job responsibilities

To provide specialist psychological assessments of service users, interpretation and integration of complex data from a variety of sources.

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

To be responsible for planning and implementing a range of highly specialised psychological interventions for people with mental health needs, employing methods based upon evidence of efficacy.

To provide specialist psychological advice, guidance, and consultation to other professionals as required, contributing directly to clients formulation, diagnosis and treatment plans.

To be responsible for planning, organising, setting up and delivering psychological, evidence-based group interventions. To be responsible for liaising with other professionals about the progress of clients attending group interventions. To be responsible for planning and carrying out the clinical evaluation of group interventions and to feed-back outcomes to senior colleagues and managers.

To evaluate and make decisions about treatment options taking into account both theoretical and therapeutic models and highly complex factors concerning historical and developmental processes that have shaped the individual, family or group.

To exercise autonomous professional responsibility for the assessment, treatment and discharge of clients accepted by the service.

To develop and maintain appropriate liaison with staff from other disciplines that provide services to people with mental health needs thus ensuring a well-coordinated approach to the care of each client.

Lead in the continuing development of services and advise services and service managers and other staff on NICE and DH guidelines.

Provide clinical leadership to the MDT/services in which you practice. Share responsibilities with clinical managers and other senior colleagues in the management of complex cases and complex risk.

To be responsible for the coordination and management of the team in providing a safe, effective and therapeutic clinical service, ensuring the delivery of high quality community mental health care packages.

To provide professional, clinical and managerial supervision to lower grade psychologists, assistant/graduate psychologists, trainee clinical psychologists as appropriate and as agreed with the locality Head of Service for ACP.

Please see attached job description for a full details.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctorate or equivalent
  • Two years+ experience at 8a
  • HCPC Registered
  • Post graduate qualification
Knowledge Essential
  • Knowledge of psychological therapies and the application of current models of practice, specialist assessment tools and outcomes frameworks in own specialist area of practice
  • Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific 'difficult to treat' groups
  • Experience of leadership in the development of a service
Qualities Essential
  • Ability to work effectively and flexibly as a senior practitioner in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of working in the NHS
  • Experience of management and supervision of lower banded staff

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