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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 07/03/2021.

Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Job Reference: 364-A-2590-A

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Staff Support
EPUT and HPFT, remote working
£53,168 - £62,001 per annum

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) is an award winning Trust that provides health and social care services for a population of 1.3million people in Essex, Suffolk, Bedfordshire, and Luton. CQC says we’re still GOOD and now we’re OUTSTANDING for caring!

We employ 5,000 people working across more than 200 sites.

Our services include:

Mental health services

  • We provide a wide range of treatment and support to young people, adults and older people experiencing mental illness both as inpatients and within the community. This includes treatment in secure and specialised settings.

Community health services

  • Our diverse range of community health services provide support and treatment to both adults and children. We deliver this care in community hospitals, health centres, GP surgeries and in people’s homes.

Learning disabilities services

  • We provide crisis support and inpatient services and our community learning disability teams work in partnership with local councils to provide assessment and support for adults with learning disabilities.

Social care

  • We provide personalised social care support to people with a range of needs, including people with learning disabilities or mental illness, supporting people to live independently.

We are looking for individuals to join the EPUT team and be part of transforming services in our communities.

In return we can offer exceptional education, training and development opportunities as well as a wide range of benefits, which include flexible working opportunities from first day of employment, salary sacrifice schemes and the opportunity to buy or sell up to one week of annual leave to support a healthy work-life balance. In addition to this the Trust also offers a generous relocation package where applicants meet the eligibility criteria.

Our approach to recruitment is values based and applicant's must be able to demonstrate the organisations values and behaviours.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT)

Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Band 8b

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

Grade/Salary: Band 8b

Location: remote – flexibility to travel across Essex

Hours: 18.75 hours per week. 0.5wte.Regular working hours.

Contract: Fixed Term for 1 year

You are invited to join an innovative partnership between EPUT and HPFT to deliver staff support services to all health, social care and third sector organisations across Essex and Hertfordshire, “Here For You”. Working collaboratively, you will be part of a wide team, consisting of Consultant, Principal and qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists as well as High Intensity workers, a Project Manager and Administrator. This project won the support and validation from the regional and national NHSEI teams looking at staff support during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its collaborative working at all levels, enterprise and creativity. It has gained the support of three Integrated Care Systems in the area as well as from all acute hospitals in the region. The project aims to both in-reach and outreach to staff working in all three sectors and support cultural shifts in psychological self-care amongst partner organisations. This new initiative aims to create a pathway for all health, social care and third sector colleagues and to provide them with rapid access to evidence based psychological support.

As the Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in the team, your role will be to lead locally on the implementation of the staff support strategy. You will network and engage with system partners to ascertain the most effective means of reaching staff and encouraging them to access staff support when needed. You will oversee the outcomes of your team and be an integral part of the reporting and presenting arm of the project. You will also be responsible for the supervision of junior members of staff in the team. You will work closely with your peer Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and ensure parity across the system.

EPUT is looking to recruit an additional 0.5WTE Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologists on a fixed term 12 month contract to enhance employee health and wellbeing, improve employees’ experience at work and lead on the delivery of high-quality compassionate care to our staff community. The post involves integrating with partner organisations to offer reflective practice and thereby deliver appropriate interventions on the basis of outcome, including CPD, individual and group treatments.

It is intended that the successful applicant will form close working relationships and collaborate with colleagues involved in this project across a number of Integrated Care Systems. The successful applicants will benefit from supportive established staff networks (including BAME, LGBTQ, Faith, Carers, Disability and Mental Health) and further CPD opportunities within their host organisation. EPUT offers a generous relocation package of up to £8000 dependent on circumstances.

For an informal conversation regarding this post, please contact Dr Judith Friedman, Associate Clinical Director of Psychological Services at EPUT at or 07813069114.

Closing date: Sunday 7th March 2021

We reserve the right to close the advert early


Interview date: Monday 15th March 2021


For further details / informal visits contact:

For an informal conversation regarding this post, please contact Dr Judith Friedman, Associate Clinical Director of Psychological Services at EPUT at or 07813069114 or Dr Andrew Nicholls, Head of Recovery and Psychological Therapies at HPFT at



As a newly appointed employee you are responsible for incurring the cost of your initial DBS check relevant to your post, the amount will be deducted from your first salary with the Trust.

Applications for Job Share are positively welcomed

Our Trust is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We particularly welcome applications from people with experience of using mental health services. We also hold the Disability two tick symbol and have made the pledge to commit to employing more people with learning disabilities, we encourage people with a disability to apply. If you require this application form in another format i.e. Braille or audio tape etc, please contact the Recruitment Department on 01375 364513 or email and we can arrange for this to be dispatched to you.

The Trust has the right to expire vacancies prior to the closing date if they so wish. The Trust makes every attempt to contact all applicants and we strongly advise that you check the email account which is registered with NHS Jobs reguarly, we would advise however due to the high number of applications we receive that if you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date your application has been unsuccessful on this occassion.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults, and expect all staff to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to robust safer recruitment processes.

Our vision is “working to improve lives” and we achieve this in line with our organisational values of being compassionate, empowering and open.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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