Principal Clinical Psychologist – ADHD/Neurodevelopmental Services

Mid and South Essex
£54,764 - £63,862 per annum
23 May 2022
02 Jun 2022
Clinical, Health
Contract Type
Part Time

About Us

EPUT provides community health, mental health and learning disability services to support more than 3.2 million people living across Bedfordshire, Essex and Suffolk. We have also been running the COVID-19 vaccination programme across mid and south Essex and Suffolk and north east Essex. 

The Trust is a large employer in the East of England region, with more than 10,000 staff working across more than 200 sites. We also provide services in people’s homes and in community settings.

EPUT was formed on 1 April 2017 following the merger of North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (NEP) and South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT). A new leadership team was established at the Trust in 2020.

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Our vision and values

Our Vision

“To be the leading health and wellbeing service in the provision of mental health and community care”.

Our Purpose

“We care for people every day. What we do together, matters”.

Our Values

  • We Care
  • We Learn
  • We Empower

Our strategic objectives

  • We will deliver safe, high quality integrated care services.
  • We will enable each other to be the best that we can.
  • We will work together with our partners to make our services better.
  • We will help our communities to thrive.

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; including treatment, in secure and specialised settings.  A number of our specialist services have achieved accreditation from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

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 our patients’ 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.

As part of our a commitment to driving up quality in services for people with learning disabilities we are proud to say that we have signed up to the Driving Up Quality Code. Our self -assessment contains the full details of our commitment.

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.

Find out more about the services we offer in our service directory.

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.

Job overview

A really exciting opportunity has arisen to develop a multidisciplinary ADHD service across Mid and South Essex. This 8b post will be involved in further developing this new service helping to work towards the alignment with the South Essex Aspergers Service and a more comprehensive neurodevelopmental service in the future. 

This position offers excellent clinical leadership and service development experiences. This post and service are the beginning of a journey to explore the potential for the development of neurodevelopmental services and within this a leadership/expert role. With this in mind, further development through the appraisal process and additional leadership/neurodevelopmental training can be considered with up to £6000 being available over a period of 2-3 years.

Main duties of the job

The postholder will lead this new MDT team consisting of psychiatry, psychology, nursing and pharmacy. These posts will be crucial in spanning the clinical delivery of assessment and intervention both psychological as well as pharmacological for people with suspected ADHD who are not already known to secondary mental health services. The team will integrate and work in partnership with local Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and IAPT services to develop further support for individuals. There will be a role for training and consultation to the PCNs and mental health colleagues in secondary and primary care services as well as in the wider community.

If you are innovative and passionate about improving access to and the quality of care for people with neurodevelopmental disorders this post is well suited to you. There are also opportunities to look at flexible working and opportunities for job share into other services across the Trust which include both clinical and training roles. These include opportunities such as partnership training around Clinical Associate Psychology (CAP) roles, training across the Trust for ACT based resilience training for staff and split roles across our clinical services including Adult Community Psychology. Please contact us to explore and discuss this further.

Working for our organisation

EPUT are looking for motivated staff who shares our Trust values of Care, Learn and Empower. 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
  • 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 to apply for a flexible working request from the first day of your employment

Join our Staff bank

What is Staff Bank?

Our EPUT NHS staff bank is an entity managed by the trust that hires clinical and non-clinical healthcare professionals to take on shifts at our trust hospitals and community settings. Here at EPUT we maintain our own bank of specialist staff to ensure that we are able offer safe and effective care at all times.

All our permanent staff are automatically enrolled onto the staff bank however this does not mean you have to work any additional shifts, but the option is there for you if you wish.

If you are joining our Trust in a fixed term role, please indicate on your New Starter Paperwork that you wish to join our staff bank.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The Trust has a well-respected clinical psychology department, with clinical psychology integrated within most specialisms and involved with the planning and strategic implementation of new and existing services. 

We hold the development of people within our department as crucial to delivering key targets for the service and the Trust. The Service enjoys good links with and supervises clinical psychology trainees from the University of East Anglia, University of Hertfordshire, University of Essex and University College, London training schemes. Clinical research, teaching and specialised interests are actively encouraged. As well as formal courses, members of the department have enjoyed secondments and placements at several centres of excellence. Current members of the department are clinical tutors on training courses, hold honorary lecturer and fellowship positions and have involvement as fellows at CSIP/NIMHE.

The successful candidate will ensure that systems are in place and working effectively for the clinical and professional delivery of psychological services, including the supervision and support of psychological and nursing professionals with the team.

You will be able to demonstrate:

  • Doctoral level training in Clinical or Forensic Psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, 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).
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology
  • 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
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration

For further details please refer to the job description and person specification. 

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Doctoral level training in Clinical or Forensic Psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, 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).

Desirable criteria

  • Pre-qualification training and qualifications in research methodology, staff training and/or other fields of applied psychology.

Essential criteria

  • Experience of training and supervising.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across 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



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 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 regularly, 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 occasion.

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.

Covid Vaccination

Although Covid vaccinations are no longer a mandatory requirement within the NHS we continue to encourage and support the vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against Covid19. The safety of our staff and patients is a top priority for us at EPUT.

If you would like to book a Covid vaccination or would like more information please contact us by emailing

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