Skip to main content

This site is independent of the NHS and the Department of Health.

Please wait, loading

Job summary

Main area
Band 8b
  • Full time
  • Flexible working
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Heath Close, Billericay, Essex
£54,764 - £63,862 per annum plus 5% high cost area allowance
Salary period
15/02/2022 23:59

Employer heading

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust logo

Principal Clinical/Counselling Forensic Psychologist

Band 8b

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 9,000 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.

Principal Psychologist (Band 8b) - Permanent Position

We are looking for a Principal Clinical, Counselling or Forensic Psychologist to be part of a ground-breaking new team, improving the lives of forensic mental health service users.

EPUT has been chosen by NHS England to pioneer a new approach to support forensic service users in the community instead of in secure hospitals to improve quality of life, reduce inequality, and give hope to people who may have been detained for many years. It also saves significant expenditure on hospital care, which can be reinvested into community services. The new team will work to transition service users out of secure settings, and support their ongoing recovery in the community.

This role is a rare chance to be part of shaping a new service, providing opportunities to develop your skills and your career. 

The team will cover the geographical footprint of the county of Essex which will include the unitary authorities of Southend on Sea and Thurrock. EPUT currently provides in-patient forensic mental health service within this area with 117 beds across two sites, Brockfield House in Wickford and Edward House in Chelmsford. The post-holder will be assisted by an Assistant Psychologist.

The role sits within the wider Forensic Psychological Services Department which comprises clinical, counselling and forensic psychologists, trainee psychologists, assistant psychologists and psychology undergraduate placement students. EPUT's Secure Services operates across Essex, Bedfordhsire and Luton: Wood Lea Clinic; Brockfield House, a 98 bed Medium Secure Unit in Wickford, Essex; Edward House, a 20 bed Low Secure unit in Chelmsford; and, Robin Pinto Unit, a 18 bed Low Secure Unit in Luton. Video conferencing facilities between sites are also used to assist departmental communication.

We, the Psychological Services Directorate at EPUT, invest and commit to the staff who choose to work with us. We value staff wellbeing highly in what can be challenging, but, ultimately, hugely rewarding work. Investing in staff career progression is our priority and many of our Principal and Consultant Psychologists have been promoted and developed within our Trust. We understand the importance of flexible working in order to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offer many different configurations, including a combination of remote and on-site working where possible.

Attached to this post is up to £6000 of CPD funding over the course of 3 years (post probation period) for a skills specific training need within the service. We want to provide staff with high quality training to meet their needs and to ensure that we are offering the best possible treatment to the population we serve.

We acknowledge that there can be commutes within Essex and that London salaries command inner weighting. However, the Psychological Services Directorate is committed to investing in you as an individual and in your career development. EPUT highly respects and values psychological thinking and we welcome you to join our team.

As well as applicants from the UK, we encourage overseas candidates to apply for this role. We welcome diversity within our organisation. We can offer guidance for candidates coming from overseas about settling into working in the UK and we have a programme to provide a ‘buddy’ for you, i.e. a member of the Psychological Services Directorate who has also emigrated to join us at EPUT and can guide you through as you settle into your new home. We understand that, as an overseas candidate, you will have gone through excellent training in your country of origin and we encourage you to join us, even if for 2 to 3 years if you are not yet sure that you want to make the UK your permanent residence.

Benefits and career opportunities:

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Open, Compassionate and Empowering.  In return, we can offer you:

  • Up to £8,000 relocation support for those that meet the criteria
  • Excellent Training and CPD opportunities for career development
  • Season Ticket Loans
  • NHS discounts for staff
  • 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

Day One Flexible Employer - the Trust supports and actively encourages flexible working for all employees.  We offer many options and you are encouraged to ask the recruiting manager what is possible for this role.  If appointed, you will have the opportunity for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

This post also attracts payment for High-Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (minimum of £1,017 and a maximum of £1,762 per annum).

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Doctoral level training in Clinical, Counselling, or Forensic Psychology or equivalent, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS
  • HCPC registered, and eligible for registration with a professional clinical body (BPS).
  • Post graduate level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical or forensic fields of psychology.
  • Knowledge of legislation, and its implications in relation to the client group and mental health
  • Evidence of continuing professional development as recommended by the BPS and HCPC by completion of CPD log demonstrating a minimum of 40 hours per year
  • Formal training in supervision of other psychologists
  • Well developed knowledge of theory and practice of highly specialised psychological assessment methodologies. Well developed knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities etc.).
  • Knowledge of the professional code of conduct of the BPS
Desirable criteria
  • Training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology
  • Record of having published in either peer reviewed or academic or professional journals and/or books.


Essential criteria
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration
  • Experience of working (assessment and treatment) with a wide variety of client groups, across, genders, the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including difficult to treat groups such as those with personality disorders or dual diagnosis, and psychosis
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client’s psychological care and treatment, both as a professionally qualified psychologist and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan
  • Significant post-qualification experience of working with the client group of the post or a related client group
  • Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communication effectively orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS
  • Understanding of current NHS/Social Care policies/practices relating to Mental Health Services
  • Able to plan, prioritise and organise own patient caseload, treatment programmes involving other staff and other aspects of the work such as research activity
  • Experience and training in the supervision of psychologists, trainee psychologists and assistant psychologists
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting complex audit/research and service evaluation
  • Experience of the application of clinical / forensic psychology in different cultural contexts
  • Experience of selection and recruitment
  • Confident IT Skills
  • Ability to self-reflect and use clinical supervision appropriately, and to supervise others
  • Ability to cope and deal with highly distressing emotional circumstances
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of specialist psychological assessment and treatment of clients across the full range of care setting, including outpatient, community, primary care, and inpatient settings
  • Experience of professional management of qualified and pre-qualified psychologists
  • Substantial experience of contributing a psychological perspective within the context of multidisciplinary care

Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • Shares the Trust’s Beliefs and models this in their attitude and behaviour
  • Ensures that the organisational values of open, compassionate and empowering are demonstrated by self and others every day and that any matters of concern are addressed in a timely way, either directly; or raised with the relevant Line Manager; or through the relevant processes within the Trust as appropriate.
  • Able to work independently
  • Confident and approachable
  • Self motivated, committed and open to new ideas and experiences
  • Leadership and change management skills – ability to understand the wider implications of actions
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workloads. Ability to maintain intense concentration frequently and for prolonged periods with unpredictable patients
  • Ability to reflect on own professional practice through the clinical supervision process

Additional Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Fitness Analysis as appropriate
  • Current driving licence
  • Ability to travel across sites and across Trust boundaries to attend meetings, etc
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of equality and diversity issues and the ability to integrate into employment policies and practices
  • Ability to teach and train others, using a variety of complex multi-media materials suitable for presentations within public, professional and academic settings
  • Ability to identify and employ mechanisms of clinical governance as appropriate, to support and maintain clinical practice in the face of regular exposure to highly emotive material and challenging behaviour
  • Ability to identify and provide and promote appropriate means of support to carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and severely challenging behaviours
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleMindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Improving working livesAge positiveCare quality commission - GoodStonewall Diversity Champion

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

Apply online now

Further details / informal visits contact

Dr Kristoff Bonello
Job title
Head of Forensic Psychological Services
Email address
Apply online nowAlert me to similar vacancies