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Principal Psychologist

  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Profession: Psychology
  • Location: Essex
  • Salary: Competative

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You can achieve more at St Andrew’s Healthcare Essex

At our site in North Benfleet, Essex, we aim to develop a clear set of transitional steps through our Division to enable our patients to be supported in their progress. We believe all patients should be treated with dignity and respect and cared for in the most suitable and least restrictive environment to address their clinical needs and risks.  We care for men and women aged 18 years and over with complex mental health needs in a low-security and locked environment. 

We want to encourage mental health self-management and prepare each individual to live safely and confidently on their own. Our excellent local links enable involvement in community-based activities, including voluntary placements, as part of their recovery.

Service users are encouraged to take part in adult education programs or vocational opportunities, including work experience. Their overall health is important, and among a range of occupational therapy we offer yoga and relaxation, art and drama, sports and exercise in our on-site facilities, including gardens and a cafe.

We have developed specialist care for people with Personality Disorder who have long-term difficulties in forming and maintaining relationships. The work we do in our women's wards is helping us become a national centre of excellence for the treatment of women.

Then role and person

 We are seeking an experienced HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist to join our established, forward thinking, Psychology Service within our Essex Hospital Service. People receiving care here are experiencing significant difficulties, which may be related to their personality, a mental illness, or trauma; and many have complex presentations that underpin a wide range of risk behaviours. Currently there are a combination of adult mental health and low secure wards on site, some which provide short term intensive care for acutely unwell people experiencing a crisis, and some which provide comprehensive rehabilitation over an extended period of time.

You will need to be an HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist with demonstrated experience of working with this client group. The person appointed will have psychological clinical responsibility for patients across our adult mental health rehabilitation wards. This role would be perfect for someone ready to establish and work towards evidencing their Consultant competencies. Comprehensive developmental support is available throughout the charity, including opportunities such as specialist therapy training in DBT/EMDR, clinical leadership training, individual coaching and specialist clinical/research secondments.

We are approaching a period of change and expansion, and need someone who is enthusiastic about continuous quality improvement and service development; who inspires change in others and who enjoys working innovatively and flexibly. We’d be excited to see applications from people who put patients first and have an ambitious vision for high quality care, but who are also commercially and managerially aware.

You will be able to access excellent opportunities for continuing professional development including engagement with our academic centre and research teams; attendance at our weekly CPD events that are delivered by a range of internal and external experts in their field; and will join a large network of experienced clinicians working across our inpatient and community services.  

You will have the provision of an Assistant Psychologist to support you in your role. You will be part of a team of over twenty Qualified Psychologists based in Essex, Northampton, Mansfield and Birmingham delivering psychological interventions for a diverse patient group at St. Andrew’s Healthcare.  As a clinician you will be supported to develop specialist skills in clinical areas of your interest and contribute to the development and training within the Psychology team and greater service. St Andrew’s Healthcare has an excellent record of providing opportunities for research, training and continuing professional development.

“Our patients and your colleagues will expect you to live the St Andrew’s CARE values of Compassion, Accountability, Respect and Excellence every single day.”

Rewards and Benefits

We offer an excellent benefits package including:

  • Excellent professional and career development and training opportunities
  • ‘Transform’ our Leadership development program
  • Pension and life assurance
  • Sickness policy on par with the NHS
  • 38 days annual leave, increasing to 41 further after 10 years' service
  • Cycle to work scheme
  •        Healthcare cash plan
  • Free parking
  • Paid DBS application

If you have any questions regarding the post, please contact Dr Eve Hepburn (Lead Consultant Psychologist) or James Farrelly on 01604 616624 or