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Highly Specialist Practitioner Psychologist (or B7 Preceptorship)

Job Reference: 301-JP-21-122942

Thurrock, Essex
£40,057 - £45,839

Inclusion, created in 2002 is part of the Specialist Services Care Group of Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT).

We believe that the individuals and families who use our services should receive high quality, committed and inclusive services realising all the benefits a modern national NHS organisation can bring. To do this, we need a well trained and supported workforce and place significant investment in training and development opportunities. We have market-leading opportunities and terms and conditions.

We are proud to have dedicated, passionate and professional staff across our services. We employ a broad spectrum of roles to ensure we meet the needs of those we work with. This includes Doctors, Nurses, Therapists, Allied Health Professionals, Psycho-social Workers, Peer Mentors and Volunteers.

There has never been a better time to join Inclusion (and the Trust); take a look at our Benefits Leaflet to see what else we can offer you.

The Trust works in partnership with the NHS programme ‘Step into Health’, supporting ex-service personnel into a career in the NHS.

We have an exciting opportunity for a 1.0 WTEBand 8a (or Band 7 Practitioner Psychologist Preceptorship) Highly Specialist Clinical/ CounsellingPsychologist to join our Psychological Services team and lead in delivering a psychological service to clients identified as having an At Risk Mental State (ARMS) or experiencing a first episode of psychosis, based in Thurrock, Essex. The role would be split across the ARMS and the Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) teams on a 50/50 basis. There are ARMS teams in various stages of development across Essex, with variations in service design and delivery according to local needs. The Thurrock ARMS service is currently being designed with local partner organisations in the region, and is hoping to be operational at a point later in the year. The successful candidate for this role, would play a part in helping to shape what this service could look like.

As a specialist mental health service, ARMS is based on NICE-recommended interventions which include comprehensive assessment and psychological interventions for psychosis or co-existing mental health problems (e.g. depression, anxiety, emerging personality disorder, substance misuse). These activities are often supported with family interventions, care coordination, social prescribing and education/employment support. The psychological therapists are an integral part of the ARMS multi-disciplinary team. Key responsibilities would include supporting the team in developing psychological formulation for treatment planning; assisting assessment using psychometric tools such as Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental States (CAARMS); and delivering evidence-based individual psychological therapy (e.g. CBT, DBT, EMDR).

The Early Intervention in Psychosis team is known as the Essex Support and Treatment for Early Psychosis (ESTEP) team and works across South East & South West Essex. This team offers psychiatric input, care coordination and CBTp for its service users.

We are seeking individuals that strive to innovate and want to make a real difference through the work they do. We are looking for a clinical / counselling psychologist with experience of working with symptoms of psychosis and who are able to work positively and proactively with MDTs in addition to people who present to our services. An interest in completing the CBT for Psychosis course would be welcomed if the successful candidate does not already possess this qualification. Inclusion Thurrock is renowned for ensuring its staff receives sufficient CPD relevant to their clinical work. If the successful candidate is not already EMDR trained, then we would ensure that they would receive this training with colleagues at the earliest opportunity to do this with colleagues from Inclusion.

Clinical supervision is provided by modality specific accredited clinical supervisors. Case management support is also provided.

Clinicians are well resourced with IT and communications equipment. We operate on a paperless basis.

As a senior professional within EIP & ARMS, you will lead the team in treatment planning, promoting social inclusion and empowering service users in maintaining their social systems. You will also consult to the team, and supervise other professions. This is a varied and busy role which provides a community service to the local population from age 14 years upwards.

The successful applicant will be required to work across the Thurrock region.

Please note that should we receive a high volume of applications we may close the vacancy early.

We warmly welcome informal conversations about this post with interested candidates. Please contact Dr Richard Pione on 01375 898680 or

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Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is an Equal Opportunities employer and operates a no smoking at work policy.

The Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of individuals and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The Trust has a positive attitude to employees and job applicants with mental health issues.

PLEASE NOTE: should we have a high volume of applications the Trust may close the vacancy early.

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