Senior Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Worcestershire CAMHS

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
11 Dec 2023
This is an exciting opportunity or next step in your career journey where you have 2 years experience of working within CAMHS for you to join us as an 8a Psychologist within our core CAMH Service. You will offer mental health assessments and psychological interventions to children and young people struggling with a range of moderate to severe mental health difficulties and include working with the families and networks involved in the CYPs life.

You will offer clinical and peer supervision to other staff, including trainee and assistant psychologists and contribute to audit, research, teaching and development work.

We will support you with training and leadership development, offer regular supervision with an experienced CAMHS Psychologist and opportunity to continue building specialist skills in our evidence-based pathways such as DBT, Family Therapy or with Children in Care. Specialist and accredited training such as EMDR can be offered.

The base will be confirmed with the successful candidate.

Main duties of the job

Working alongside other Psychologists, CAMHS clinicians and Psychiatrists offering psychological interventions to CYPs and their families.

Assessment, formulation, consultation, and intervention for CYPs with an emphasis on child-centred and evidence-based care in a mental health setting. You would work mostly with CYPs who present with complex mental health difficulties using a range of psychological interventions that best meets the needs of the YP and fits with the services offered in core CAMHS. This includes direct work with the YP, family or consultation/liaison with the network surrounding the child.

Access and support is offered to assist you to develop specialist expertise with an active CPD plan.

You will provide clinical leadership working in collaboration with managers, team leads and senior clinicians (appropriate to the stage of your career development) supporting the MDTs through case discussions, formulation and care planning. Carry a caseload and taking part in duty rota, assessment and care planning

About us

At Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, we are working together to deliver outstanding care. We run community hospitals and community health services across Worcestershire and provide mental health and learning disability services across both Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Our people (all 4500+ of them) provide services for people of all ages, experiencing both physical and/or mental health conditions from over 100 sites.

We will support you to thrive offer flexible working options for a great work-life balance, help you fulfil your ambitions, and empower you to make positive changes within your team or service. Its why we were named Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year award at the 2022 Worcestershire Apprenticeship Awards. We value diversity and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds, cultures, and ethnicities.

What we offer
  • 27 days leave plus bank holidays, increasing up to 33 days with long service
  • Generous NHS pension and enhanced pay when you work unsocial hours
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities
  • Great maternity, paternity, and adoption support
  • Wide range of staff networks such as LGBT+ and ENRICH (Equality Network for Race Inclusion and Cultural Heritage)
  • Health service discounts and online benefits including excellent cycle to work and car salary sacrifice schemes
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities

If you would like to know more, please visit our careers website.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Service Lead for Psychological Interventions, develop and support the implementation of psychological interventions and psychologically informed practice based on best clinical and professional evidence in accordance with the objectives of the Trust and the Service Delivery Unit.
  • Hold a caseload of patients with varying levels of complexity, providing psychological therapies.
  • Promote excellent psychological practice by staff and provide clinical leadership to professionals who practice psychological approaches.
  • Undertake risk assessments and risk management of individuals presenting with vulnerability, self-harm and/or physical, sexual or emotional harm to themselves or others.
  • Provide clinical and research supervision and training to other staff as agreed with the service lead/manager.

For full details of the duties and criteria for the role please refer to the job description and person specification attached.

Person Specification

Skills & Abilities


  • Ability to challenge poor behaviour
  • Role modelling good behaviour
  • A positive attitude and able to act on feedback
  • Ability to praise and be supportive to others
  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information
  • Advanced ability to develop and maintain a therapeutic relationship and manage transference appropriately
  • Able to communicate effectively within the team and build good sound working relationships
  • Good presentation and teaching skills, able to use multi-media materials for both formal large group situations and small informal settings
  • Ability to use IT equipment including the use of internet to carry out literature searches for research purposes
  • Able to prioritise own work and deal with competing demands to work effectively
  • Committed to promote patients right, independence and choice e.g., through informed consent for interventions


  • Able to manage change through influence, persuasion and good interpersonal relationships
  • Able to think strategically to consider the wider picture for developing specialist services long term and planning developments, which may impact across agencies



  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area
  • Advanced theoretical and applied knowledge of psychological approaches for people with psychological problems including specialised psychological assessments and interventions for patients with complex and psychological presentations and physical health difficulties
  • Well-developed psychometric assessment skills
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including complex multivariate data analysis, as practiced within the field of Clinical/Counselling Psychology

Additional Criteria


  • Put patient care at the heart of the work you do to improve health care outcomes and service delivery
  • Deliver the highest standards and quality outcomes possible
  • Be the best you can be, always look for ways to improve and develop to reach your potential
  • Encourage others to develop themselves and the service through improvement, innovation and continuous development
  • Joint working with others, e.g. patients, colleagues in the delivery of high quality healthcare
  • Build positive working relationships, respecting and valuing others, being helpful and inclusive
  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post


  • Previous publications in either peer reviewed academic or professional journal and/or books



  • BSc/BA Honours degree at 2:1 or above in psychology
  • Post graduate Doctorate in Clinical/Counselling Psychology (or its equivalent for those trained prior to 1996) as accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Post qualification training in specific, evidence based techniques for use with clients with complex psychological presentations and/or physical health difficulties, across the age span
  • Evidence of regular further professional training and experience as required by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Chartered Psychologist (Clinical or Counselling) by the BPS
  • Eligible for registration as a Practitioner member of the BPS Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology
  • Registered with HCPC as a Clinical/Counselling Psychologist


  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level



  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience working as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the relevant area
  • Sufficient training and experience to be recognised by the Division of Clinical/Counselling Psychology as a suitably qualified psychologist to offer clinical placements to trainee Clinical/Counselling Psychologists
  • Training and experience in the application of psychological knowledge within a number of different specialties
  • Experience of assessing and providing a wide range of psychological interventions to patients presenting with the full degree of clinical severity and across a range of clinical mental health presentations
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research


  • Experience of strategic planning and service development
  • Experience of teaching and training psychologists in a Clinical/Counselling Psychology doctorate training course

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Aconbury North, Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Charles Hastings Way



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