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Principal Psychologist Dudley Cancer, Palliative & Bereavement

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year Pro rata
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8B
Part Time
8B Principal Psychologist Dudley Cancer, Palliative & Bereavement Fixed Term: Are you a compassionate and committed Psychologist who champions inclusivity? Would you like to join our Physical Health Psychology service in Dudley Cancer Services to help facilitate coping and adjustment to the impact of Physical Health problems and improve the mental health and wellbeing of people within our service?

An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit a Clinical or Counselling Psychologist to work in Cancer Services. The post-holder will have an essential part to play in ensuring that psychological perspectives are taken into account across the service. You will provide specialised clinical input to individuals referred, and work closely with the multi-disciplinary teams working with this patient group.

The Physical Health Psychology Service is a team of psychologists, therapists and counsellors who aim to assist people in adapting to and developing creative solutions for physical health problems. The BCHFT Physical Health Psychology Service currently operates across 3 geographical patches (Dudley, Wolverhampton and Sandwell and West Birmingham) with a number of contracts in each area and this post will be based at Cross Street Health Centre in Dudley.

Please see the full job description and other roles we have to offer within attached documents.

Main duties of the job

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

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.

Undertakes risk assessment and risk management for individual clients and provides highly specialist advice to other professionals on psychological aspects of risk assessment and risk management and the high physical risks inherent in the client group.

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

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

Undertakes highly skilled evaluations and makes decisions about treatment options.

About us

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist mental health, learning disability, and community healthcare services for the population of the Black Country.

Across the whole of the region we provide:
  • Adult and older adult mental health services.
  • Specialist learning disability services.
  • Mental health services for children and young people.
  • Community healthcare services for children, young people and families in Dudley.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust was formed on 1 April 2020, after NHS England and NHS Improvement approved the merger of Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust.

Combining resources, strategies and talented workforce enables us to deliver a wider variety of outstanding services that are based on best practice and are continually improving.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to clients with highly complex and contentious mental health conditions or learning disabilities which include challenging behaviours and possible risk of physical aggression.
  • 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 ill health or learning disabilities.
  • 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:
    • 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

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.
  • Post-doctoral training in one or more additional specialised areas of psychological practice
  • HCPC registration as an Applied Psychologist with Chartered Status
  • Trained in clinical supervision and the supervision of doctoral trainees
  • Registration with BPS
  • Experience of working as a qualified applied psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.


  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Highly developed knowledge and skills in the care of difficult to treat groups e.g. dual diagnoses, additional disabilities or severely challenging behaviour

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Cross Street Health Centre

Cross Street



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