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Clinical/Counselling Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year PA
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Situated within the Wolverhampton based CAMHS Team the post will also have active links with the CAMHS teams across the Trust. The post-holder will be a valued colleague in a team committed to a multi-disciplinary approach working with children, young people and their families who manifest with highly complex mental health needs. It is exciting times in our CAMHS with the implementation of a new service constellation model. The post holder will work across all areas of CAMHS but will have an extra interest in trauma and self harm. The service is interested in developing staff through training and team development. There is a monthly in-house teaching programme that you will have the opportunity to learn from and teach. Currently psychologists across the teams offer CBT interventions, EMDR, ACT, CFT, DDP, DBT and other therapies. For an informal discussion about this post or to arrange a visit to the team, please contact Wendy Harrison-Frazer Consultant Professional Lead at

Main duties of the job

The post-holder will be a valued colleague in Wolverhampton CAMHS. The service model for the service has four constellations. Each constellation has a set of pathways based on NICE guidelines. The post holder for this post will be predominately in the constellation working with trauma. Specialist supervision will be provided for this and training given. However there is an expectation that each clinician in the service also works across all of the constellations to prevent deskilling and ensure variety.

We look forward to receiving applications from HCPC registered clinical and counselling psychologists who can demonstrate a commitment to developing a career working with children, young people and their families, and experience to grow in this challenging and exciting role.

About us

The CAMHS team is a multi-professional team with psychologists, psychiatrists, specialist nurses, family psychotherapists, child psychotherapists, art psychotherapists, social workers, etc. In terms of psychology there are clinical and counselling psychologists in the team band 7's, 8a's and 8b's. We have a number of assistant psychologists and welcome regular trainee psychologists.

There are four CAMHS teams in the Trust which are Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley. We are working to linking the teams closer together and will be starting a monthly teaching programme in the new year.

The Trust have an ethos of caring for the emotion and wellbeing of all the staff with various offers and programmes set up for staff to join to improve their wellbeing, including a staff counselling service. There is a yearly appraisal that takes place in the form of a Personal Development Conversation to ensure career development and growth so that the right support is put into place.

There is an active Trust wide Consultant Psychology group that meet to ensure psychology is high on the Trust agenda and appreciated and any issues such as quality and governance are managed.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties/Responsibilities
  • 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

Main Duties/Responsibilities

1.0 Clinical Responsibilities, Patient Contact

1.1. Provides specialist psychological assessment of clients with complex conditions based on the appropriate use, interpretation and integration of data from a variety of sources, which may include neuropsychological testing.

1.2. Responsible for recognising the potential for or signs of client harm, abuse or neglect, including poor clinical practice, reporting all such concerns and taking all reasonable steps to protect the client. Responsible for identifying and reporting concerns regarding the safeguarding of children who may be at risk.

1.3. Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management.

1.4. Formulates plans for specialist psychological therapy and/or management of clients mental health/learning conditions based upon an appropriate conceptual framework and evidence-based practice. Negotiates the implementation of such plans with clients and/or their carers.

1.5. Implements a range of specialist psychological therapies for individual clients, carers, families and groups, adjusting and refining psychological formulations as required.

1.6. Evaluates therapy options and makes decisions about treatment.

1.7. To liaise with other professionals working within the NHS, Social Inclusion and Health and the voluntary sector on matters relating to client care that have implications for the service

2.0. Supervisory/Professional Responsibility

2.1. Clinical supervision of Assistant Psychologists under the guidance of their Applied Psychologist line manager.

2.2. Will hold responsibility and accountability for their own actions, ensuring appropriate support and supervision is sought when required.

2.3. To keep abreast of current developments in this field through reading, attendance at appropriate training courses, and a range of other CPD activities, and to ensure that a log is kept of this in line with Psychology and Counselling service and HPC requirements.

3.0. Multi-Disciplinary Training and Development

3.1. Provides psychological advice, guidance and consultation to other direct care staff in MDT.

3.2. Provides clinical supervision to other direct care staff in MDT.

3.3. Provides training to other staff in MDT under the guidance of a more senior Applied Psychologist.

4.0. Service and Organisational Development

4.1. Participate in CQUIN and QIP projects, NICE benchmarking and compliance requirements as required within MDT

5.0. Service Redesign and Cultural Change

5.1. Bring an understanding of psychological change processes to own role within MDT

6.0. Service Evaluation and Research

6.1. Participate in clinical audits as required within MDT

6.2. Undertake service evaluation and research in MDT
  • To undertake any other duties of a similar nature consistent with the responsibilities of this post in order to provide a quality CAMHS

Person Specification



  • oPost-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.
  • oHCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist
  • oMust have experience/interest in: Working with children, young people and their families with complex mental health difficulties
  • oIdentify, provide and promote appropriate interventions / means of support for carers and staff exposed to highly distressing situations and challenging behaviours.


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

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