Clinical Psychologist Mental Health Liaison

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.

Clinical or Counselling Psychologist: Band 8a (or Preceptorship Band 7)

Clinical Health Psychology - West Essex Mental Health Liaison Team

We have an exciting new opportunity for an 8a (or Preceptorship Band 7) Psychologist to join the expanded Mental Health Liaison team based at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow (West Essex). We welcome applications from psychologists who are newly qualified, as well as from those with more experience. We are also happy to consider those who would like to work part-time and/or flexible hours. Please contact us for an informal discussion if you have any questions about the role.

The successful applicant will form part of the Clinical Health Psychology Services across Essex, East and North Hertfordshire and South Bedfordshire. We have two other established Mental Health Liaison Psychological Services in Basildon and Southend, comprising of Principal Clinical Psychologists and qualified Psychologists. The successful applicant will be part of a highly motivated, experienced group of Psychologists working in this specialist area. On site in West Essex, the Psychologist will work closely with colleagues in Adult Community Psychology and will have regular contact with Frailty and Inpatient Psychology. This is a highly connected role to many other services, both on and off site. Within the local services, psychologists have specialist skills and training in a variety of different areas and approaches, including CBT, ACT, Schema Therapy, DBT and CAT. CPD is strongly supported by the Trust with further development actively encouraged.

The successful applicant will be part of a thriving Clinical Health Psychology Service currently with approximately 25 wte staff in services across Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex. The Clinical Health Psychology Service is a service for adults who have problems adjusting to serious chronic illness and other physical health conditions, such as Pain, HIV, Obesity, Cancer and Palliative Care, Stroke, COPD and others.

This post introduces psychological assessment, intervention, consultation and support to the Mental Health Liaison team, consisting of Liaison Psychiatry and Psychiatric Nurses. The role is welcomed by Princess Alexandra Hospital and there will be opportunity for working across wards and specialty areas.

Regular supervision will be provided by a senior Clinical Health Psychologist as well as peer supervision from other Mental Health Liaison Psychologists in Basildon and Southend. EPUT is committed to the development of our staff; to ensuring job satisfaction; good quality output; and staff retention.

We welcome you to join us in developing and shaping this new expanded service, 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.

If you are enthusiastic, self-motivating with a commitment to delivering high quality care we would like to hear from you. Highlights of this role:
  • Become part of a family of Clinical Health Psychologists
  • Further therapy training and development is actively encouraged
  • Preceptorship opportunities for recently qualified Psychologists
  • Working in a newly expanded service which is keen for Psychology
  • Working closely on site with other Psychologists from different teams
  • Generous relocation package
  • Opportunities for teaching, training and research
  • Be part of an innovative, forward thinking Psychological Services Directorate

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

For further details / informal visits contact:

Dr Judith Friedman, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Clinical Health Psychology Services on 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 ( 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

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