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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 01/10/2021.

Practitioner Psychologist / High Intensity Therapist

Job Reference: 364-A-3513

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
The Lodge, Runwell
£40,057 - £53,219 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.

2.0WTE Qualified CBT/High Intensity Therapists / Practitioner Psychologist

AfC Band 8a

37.5 Hours per week FTC 1 year

‘Here For You’, Staff Resilience Hub funded by NHSE/I, is working across Essex and Hertfordshire to provide support to all health, social care and charity/voluntary sector staff across both regions. We are delighted to be able to expand our team and recruit an experienced assessor to join us in Essex. Hosted by EPUT, this role involves working with colleagues across many organisations. It provides staff with evidence based psychological support to be able to offer high levels of care in the current stressful environment. The post involves managing referrals into the system, undertaking comprehensive assessments and making clinical decisions regarding appropriate onward treatment pathways.



‘Here For You’ is comprised of Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Assistant Psychologists, Nurses, Social Workers, a Project Manager, a Communication Lead and it has wide support from around the region. The successful candidate will be welcomed into our team with warmth and encouraged to deliver assessments remotely as well as in a number of health and social care settings with the aim of signposting staff on to the appropriate support. The successful applicant will have some involvement in the delivery of outreach interventions to bring support to our colleagues. These offers include webinars, reflective practice sessions, individual treatment amongst others. As a member of the team, you will receive regular supervision as well as the opportunity to attend a monthly reflective practice session run by an external facilitator. We recognise the importance of looking after your mental health whilst delivering this important role to your peers within Health and Social Care services.

The successful applicant will have either a post-graduate CBT qualification or be able to demonstrate the equivalent knowledge and experience and hold registration/accreditation with a relevant professional body such as BABCP. Previous experience of working in an IAPT service is desirable. There will also be the opportunity to supervise junior members of staff.

The successful applicant will become part of the Psychological Services Directorate at EPUT, where we invest and commit to the staff who choose to work with us. We value staff wellbeing highly in what can be challenging, but, ultimately, hugely rewarding work. Investing in staff career progression is our priority and many of our Principal and Consultant Psychologists have been promoted and developed within our Trust. We understand the importance of flexible working in order to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offer many different configurations, including a combination of remote and on-site working.

We acknowledge that there can be commutes within Essex and that London salaries command inner weighting. However, the Psychological Services Directorate is committed to investing in you as an individual and in your career development. EPUT highly respects and values psychological thinking and we welcome you to join our team.


Join EPUT for a wealth of benefits, including:

· A commitment to develop your career

· A preceptorship arrangement with swift acceleration to band 8a for newly qualifieds (when criteria have been fulfilled, usually 6-12 months post induction)

· A generous relocation package of up to £8000 (offered under specific terms)

· Flexible working

· Funding to further CPD training

· A range of well-functioning Staff Networks, including: BAME; LGBTQ+; Faith; Carers; Disability (please contact staff for more information on Staff Networks)

To find out more and to have an informal discussion, please contact Judith Friedman, Associate Clinical Director of Psychological Services at (not between 12th-31st August) or Sara Crean Muir, Project Lead at (not between 9th and 22nd August).


Closing date: 1st October 2021

Interview date: TBC


For further details / informal visits contact:

Name Judith Friedman

Job title Associate Clinical Director of Psychological Services

Email address

Telephone number 07813069114



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 regularly, 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 occasion.

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 (DBS) Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order (as amended) and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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