Forensic/Clinical or Counselling Psychologist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
12 Nov 2019
16 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
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.

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

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

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.


Band 8a

2 Year Fixed Term

Intensive Integrated Risk Management Service (IIRMS), Essex, Chelmsford.

18.75 hours per week (Possibly turning into a full time position (37.5 hours) by making this a split post role with Adult Community Psychology.

Integrated Risk Management Service to high risk Personality Disordered Offenders: consultation to Criminal Justice agencies; Head of Adult Community Psychology Mid Essex; Clinical Director of Psychological Service EPUT

We are looking for a competent and enthusiastic Forensic/ Clinical/ Counselling Psychologist to work in partnership with the Probation Service in leading a specialist new team for offenders who might have a personality disorder and are about to be released from prison.

The aim is to ensure that treatment and management of offenders with a likely PD is psychologically informed through both training and supervision of probation staff. The Intensive Integrated Risk Management Service (IIRMS) will focus on engaging identified offenders 6 month prior to release from prison and during their re-engagement with the community. IIRMS aims at improving psychological wellbeing, reintegration in the community and increased access to community services with the overall goal to reduce repeat offending behaviour. The key role of this post is to develop a workforce across the probation service with the appropriate skills, attitudes and confidence in working with this population. The successful candidate will have a leadership role in providing expert consultation and psychological formulations on offenders identified for the service.

Key duties of this post will include liaising with a number of agencies across Essex, including drug and alcohol services, housing, mental health, the Courts, and the Police and providing them with specialist psychological advice. Team work, multi-agency liaison, giving professional advice on managing risks, consultation and teaching will be essential components of the job. Travelling across Essex on a regular basis will be expected, with occasional journeys to other regions in the Country.

Other duties include regular and systematic undertaking of clinically relevant research and audits, which are essential for the continuation of the project, and communicating these outcomes to senior management and the commissioners on a quarterly basis. You will also be expected to supervise and manage the work of assistant psychologists, trainee psychologists and lower graded staff.

Newly or recently qualified forensic/clinical/counselling psychologists are welcome to apply on a preceptorship basis.

Applicants must have completed doctoral level training in Forensic, Clinical or Counselling Psychology, including models of forensic/clinical psychopathology, clinical/forensic psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS/HCPC. Psychologists with experience of working in a forensic setting, personality disorders, and psychosis are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligibility for BPS Chartered Status is desirable and registration with the Health Professions Council is essential.

The successful candidate will need to be skilled and experienced in working as part of multidisciplinary teams and across multiple agencies with all of the opportunities and challenges which that entails. Experience in carrying out forensic and clinical assessments, in providing risk management advice for offenders, in delivering supervision and consultation about personality disorders or a keen interest in developing these skills is essential. Knowledge of psychometric and forensic tools and confidence in making informed professional recommendations on risks and the treatment of service users are essential. Flexibility, creativity and an ability to work independently are welcomed. Team working ability and skills in training, consultation and supervision and a calm disposition will be essential.

Psychology across EPUT has good links with University of Essex, Hertfordshire, East London and University College London training schemes. EPUT offers clinical placements to clinical psychology trainees from the University of Hertfordshire and Essex.

Psychology and Psychotherapy services in EPUT are organised under a Clinical Directorate of Psychological Services, which is very diverse and active in the Trust. We are a valued profession and we have a good relationship and links with senior and executive management in the Trust. There are good opportunities for clinical and professional development.

The Trust is a family friendly employer. We would be happy to explore options of part-time employment, or sessions being undertaken in a way that would meet the needs of both the Clinician and the Trust. We are in a fortunate position of being able to offer exciting posts linked to CPD with clear career paths which have allowed several clinicians to stay with us through to Consultant level. The Trust operates a voucher scheme for childcare, which can allow significant savings on tax with respect to these costs.

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. We also offer relocation and repatriation expenses support up to £8000.

Essex Partnership University Trust offers flexible hours.

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering. In return, EPUT can offer you a range of benefits and development including;
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • Excellent Training facilities and opportunities
  • Buying and Selling annual leave scheme
  • The opportunity to work bank shifts and expand knowledge and experience in other areas
  • Salary Sacrifice schemes including lease cars and Cycle to Work



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 ( Email address removed ) 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.

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. The UK Visas and Immigration department requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement.

Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks For Overseas Applicants

UK Registration

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

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