Counselling Psychologist / Clinical Lead (Residential) – Colchester - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £64,407 per annum
Closing date: 02 Jun 2024
Location: Colchester
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 16292
Role: Social Care
About the role

Counselling Psychologist / Clinical Lead (Residential) – Colchester

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £64,407 per annum

Location: Colchester, on site at New Farm Road

Working Style: Fixed-base worker

Closing Date: 2nd June 2024

Interview Date: 12th June 2024

As we expand our residential offer, there is the potential for this role to support other children’s homes within Essex.

Here in Essex, we continue to raise the bar about practice and our investment in our workforce is second to none. It’s an exciting time to join us. Not only have we been judged Outstanding by Ofsted, but we are also making significant investment into our children’s residential services.

Children and Families is recognised as a service with a culture of collaboration, integrity and compassion, promoting the development and wellbeing of children, young people and their families and protecting them from neglect and abuse.Working together with partners we deliver a range of early help, family support and effective social work interventions which build resilience, remove barriers and enable children and young people to look forward to a brighter future.

The Opportunity

Our new children’s home in Colchester will be responsible for providing stable, short-term and supportive placements for children who are unable to live with their birth families at the current time. This role will provide in person support and training within the home and thus is not suitable for hybrid / remote working.

As a key member of our residential staff team, the Clinical Lead will support both staff and children living in our homes, lead the development of a trauma-informed, therapeutic approach to care, evaluate the effectiveness of their input and the improved outcomes for children, and provide specialist advice and training to professionals and families/carers.

The role

In this role, you will work closely with a dynamic team of social workers, clinical leads, mental health coordinators and local mental health service providers to enhance the emotional and psychological well-being of children and young people who have experienced trauma. Your role will involve fostering nurturing collaborative relationships, and you will actively contribute to the strategic and operational development of our trauma-informed, therapeutic approach to care.

As a specialist in your field, you will provide invaluable advice and training to both professionals and families/carers, helping develop effective strategies to maintain children in their placements, resolve issues and achieve positive outcomes. Your responsibilities will also include conducting highly specialised assessments of therapeutic and placement needs when necessary. Working with a high degree of autonomy while adhering to professional guidelines and our organisational framework, you will collaborate across services to ensure the best possible outcomes for our children, young people, carers and Social Care colleagues.

Furthermore, you will play a pivotal role in continually improving our services, implementing changes and evaluating service quality. You will leverage digital technologies and innovation to enhance our function, all while celebrating and championing Equality and Diversity in every decision you make.

As we expand our residential offer, there is the potential for this role to support other children’s homes within Essex.

The Experience You Will Bring

· A qualified practitioner with significant experience of working within the field of children and young people mental health.

Clinical background and qualifications required:

- Clinical or counselling psychologist; Doctorate in Clinical or Counselling Psychology.

- Systemic psychotherapist; MSc in Systemic Psychotherapy

- Psychodynamic psychotherapist; Degree Masters Doctorate

- Mental Health Nurse with clinical therapy training; Mental health nurse RNMH (+ clinical therapy training) will require NMC pre-registration programme of study.

· Knowledge of the theory and practice of specialised psychological therapies in specific difficult to treat groups (e.g. PTSD, personality disorder, dual diagnoses, people with additional disabilities, ADHD, Autism spectrum, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome, etc.).

· Interest in trauma/attachment/strength-based and solution-focussed approaches and a keenness to promote stable and secure placements for children either in foster care or returning to their family networks.

· Evidence of continuing professional development and registration with the relevant governing body.

· Previous experience and/or interest in adoption/fostering/trauma/attachment/social care, including evidence of psychological / therapeutic assessment and treatment of service users across the full range of care settings.

· Experience of delivering consultations, training and/or supervision.

· Skills in providing consultation to other professional and non-professional groups.

· Well-developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to service users, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside of the Council and NHS.

· Evidence of multi agencies/multi professional working.

· The ability and drive to be proactive in developing effective working relationships with social care and other professional colleagues is essential to the success of this role.

To request a copy of the role profile please email

Feel free to reach out to Barbara Canepa, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, via if you have any questions about the role or if you'd like to have a friendly chat about this exciting opportunity.

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The role requires you to be mobile throughout a wider operational area including travelling around the county of Essex and beyond. Having a driving licence and car or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means is essential.

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

Please apply via the Working for Essex website, ensuring you provide a supporting statement and up to date CV when prompted.

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