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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 20/01/2020.

Clinical/Counselling Psychologist for Transitioning of SMI

Job Reference: 364-A-1426-W-C

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Psychology
£44,606 - £50,819 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, 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.

Clinical or Counselling Psychologist for Transitioning of SMI, linking into to Home Treatment Team

A huge transformation programme in Essex is opening up a number of exciting opportunities for psychological services professionals who have an interest in the treatment and management of personality disorders and complex needs. The newly developed integrated care pathway will support the aspirations identified in the Five Year Forward View and NHS Long Term Plan.

These opportunities will challenge traditional models of mental health provision to prevent escalation of mental health crises and develop true community-based, integrated and systemic services.

You will be part of making this change, while developing your own skills and forging a progressive career pathway. We will support and invest in any further clinical training, and leadership development.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and experienced Clinical Psychologist or Counselling Psychologist who wishes to help shape our services in this newly merged mental health Trust providing a range of services across Essex. Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust has emerged as a stronger Trust that can deliver mental health in an innovative way in Essex, having managed to co-produce a model of service delivery with our various commissioners, partner providers and service users.

The work will focus on managing and supporting patients with serious mental illness (SMI – usually complex trauma, Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder or co-morbid Psychosis) and their teams through the often difficult transition from in-patient wards to home treatment teams, and community based services. The primary focus will be on addressing the treatment and management needs of patients with Personality Disorder, supported by both the locality or specialist service team, and the specialist PD MDT. The applicant will need to be experienced at working with people with extremely complex presentations.

The role involves working alongside and consulting to teams in inpatient, specialist care, urgent care and community settings, and offering psychological treatment to individuals as well as complex risk and other assessments. This will involve working closely with team managers to consider the most effective ways of communicating psychological practices and ideas to the team.

The successful candidate will possess a doctoral level training in clinical or counselling psychology (or equivalent prior to 1996) and have evidence of significant CPD in relation to a clinical specialty, preferably with previous experience of work with this population.

This post is eligible for the Trusts Relocation package which is up to £6,000 and also many other benefits of working for EPUT which can be found in the ‘why work for EPUT’ attachment.

We have an established and cohesive Senior Management Team of Consultant grade Psychologists and Psychotherapists providing OPMH, Adult Community, Forensic & Secure, EIP, Crisis & Home Treatment, Personality Disorders, IAPT, Aspergers, LD, Adolescen



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.

UK Registration

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

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