Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Essex Partnership Univ
Essex and Herts
Competitive salary
11 Jan 2021
18 Jan 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Essex Partnership University Foundation NHS Trust and Hertfordshire Partnership Foundation NHS Trust are engaging in a joint recruitment project for Practitioner Psychologists in Essex and Herts. This is a co-operative enterprise between the two organisations to help streamline the recruitment and to seek the best quality candidates for all services.

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) and Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) Recruitment Partnership Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologists Band 8b Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub Grade/Salary: Band 8b Location: remote - flexibility to travel across Essex / Hertfordshire Hours: 37.5 hours per week. 2.0wte available. Part time working will be considered. Regular working hours. Contract: Fixed Term for 1 year

You are invited to join an innovative partnership between EPUT and HPFT to deliver staff support services to all health, social care and third sector organisations across Essex and Hertfordshire. Working collaboratively, you will be part of a wide team, consisting of Consultant, Principal and qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologists as well as High Intensity workers, a Project Manager and Administrator. This project won the support and validation from the regional and national NHSEI teams looking at staff support during the COVID-19 pandemic due to its collaborative working at all levels, enterprise and creativity. It has gained the support of three Integrated Care Systems in the area as well as from all acute hospitals in the region. The project aims to both in-reach and outreach to staff working in all three sectors and support cultural shifts in psychological self-care amongst partner organisations. This new initiative aims to create a pathway for all health, social care and third sector colleagues and to provide them with rapid access to evidence based psychological support.

As the Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist in the team, your role will be to lead locally on the implementation of the staff support strategy. You will network and engage with system partners to ascertain the most effective means of reaching staff and encouraging them to access staff support when needed. You will oversee the outcomes of your team and be an integral part of the reporting and presenting arm of the project. You will also be responsible for the supervision of junior members of staff in the team. You will work closely with your peer Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist and ensure parity across the system.

This is a joint recruitment process between the two Trusts and applicants are required to indicate their preferred choice of employer on the application form. You will be hosted by either EPUT or HPFT and will work in liaison with your colleagues in the staff support service, thereby creating a wide Essex and Hertfordshire based resource. Whilst the new wellbeing hub will be based within these areas, it is anticipated that there will need to be a commitment to remote working and delivery of service.

EPUT and HPFT are looking to recruit 2WTE Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologists on a fixed term 12 month contract to enhance employee health and wellbeing, improve employees' experience at work and lead on the delivery of high-quality compassionate care to our staff community. The post involves integrating with partner organisations to offer reflective practice and thereby deliver appropriate interventions on the basis of outcome, including CPD, individual and group treatments.

It is intended that the successful applicants will form close working relationships and collaborate with colleagues involved in this project across a number of ICSs. The successful applicants will benefit from supportive established staff networks (including BAME, LGBTQ, Faith, Carers, Disability and Mental Health) and further CPD opportunities within their host organisation.

Closing date: Sunday 24 th January 2021

We reserve the right to close the advert early

Interview date: Monday 1 st February 2021

For further details / informal visits contact:

For an informal conversation regarding this post, please contact Dr Judith Friedman, Associate Clinical Director of Psychological Services at EPUT at or 07813069114 or Dr Andrew Nicholls, Head of Recovery and Psychological Therapies at HPFT at 07767 890 113

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