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Band7/8a Preceptorship Applied Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Job summary

We are delighted to offer a band 7/8a preceptorship/developmental post for an applied psychologist who is interested in pursuing development and further training to join our multi-disciplinary team in Wolverhampton CAMHS. Applications from trainees qualifying later this year, as well as current Band 7 colleagues wishing to progress to Band 8a are welcome. You will be working in a CAMHS team that has implemented a constellation model. All clinicians are encouraged to work across all referring conditions, however the post will be primarily be part of the constellation with an interest in trauma. You will be supervised by a senior psychologist and be a welcome addition to the team. There is an agreed structure in place for the developmental process that will be followed to support your transition to an 8a. Therefore, 18 months to 2 years after qualifying, as a band 7 you will be eligible for promotion to 8a via the preceptorship/development scheme provided you have met the competences.

In addition, we provide a regular internal CPD programme that you will be able to attend and contribute to.

Main duties of the job

As an applied Psychologist in Wolverhampton CAMHS you will have a balanced job plan which meets both the needs of the service and your own developmental interests. This will include contributing to initial assessment clinics which will be robustly supported through post assessment multi-disciplinary case discussions. In addition, you will be providing formulation driven, evidence-based psychological therapies. You will also be care co-ordinator for some young people, involving working with the family and wider professional network. You will contribute psychological thinking to the work of this busy, friendly multi-disciplinary service and will supervise the clinical work of assistant psychologists, trainees and other professionals.

You will be encouraged to develop on service development initiatives to meet the needs of the population. You will be supported to develop areas of specialist skill such as trauma.

About us

Wolverhampton CAMHS is part of the Black Country and is a friendly, busy, service. Wolverhampton CAMHS and partner agencies are currently in the process of aligning with the i-Thrive framework to ensure timely, responsive and needs-led interventions for the children and young people of the Black Country.

Staff that work in Wolverhampton CAMHS describe a warm and caring multidisciplinary environment. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from the diverse range of communities with which we work. We are based in a purpose built clinic at The Gem Centre - where all of Child Health is housed. There is parking on site.

The Trust is dedicated to ensuring that staff feel valued.Staff are also able to access a range of wellbeing services(e.g. counselling, advice and guidance) and vibrant staff networks including BAME, LGBTQIA+ and lived experience.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be:

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of specialist psychological care to clients with complex mental health difficulties which may include challenging behaviours.

To be compassionate in meeting the needs of clients, their carers and families.

To promote at all times a positive image of people with mental health difficulties.

To promote at all times a positive image of the service and the wider Trust. In line with the banding of the post and its service context to:

To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality CAMHS service.

Exercise supervisory/professional responsibility for other psychological therapists

Provide leadership in multi-disciplinary training and development

Provide leadership in service audit and development

Provide leadership in service evaluation and research

Ensure that a psychological perspective is brought to service redesign and cultural change

Please see Job Description for a full description.

Person Specification



  • Post-graduate doctoral level training in Applied Psychology (or its equivalent) as accredited by the BPS including models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology, two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology.
  • HCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist
  • Must have experience/interest in: Working with children, young people and their families with complex mental health difficulties
  • Knowledge of Risk assessment and risk management


  • Experience of CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy, systemic therapy

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