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Principal Clinical / Counselling Psychologist

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata
Closing date
29 Feb 2024

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We are excited to offer this Senior Psychologist post in Herefordshire in our Psychological Therapies Team. The post holder will work with our consultant psychologist in the Neighbourhood Mental Health Teams to lead the delivery of our integrated and inclusive psychological therapies pathway.

Locally, psychological services are highly respected and well integrated into the leadership team. We have been at the forefront of Community Transformation and have led on the development of Trauma Informed Care, delivery of the PT-SMHP agenda, and promoting Compassionate Leadership across the Trust. As such there are significant opportunities to influence systemic change, and for personal and career development.

We are proud to have a strong culture of supporting staff wellbeing both within psychological services and beyond.

The post is for 30 hours (0.8 WTE) and there is opportunity for blended working (on site and from home).

We welcome enquires so please do contact us for informal discussion.

Main duties of the job

The post is integral to the Neighbourhood Community Mental Health Service. You will provide clinical leadership to the Psychological Therapies Team (PTT), support qualified psychologists, psychological therapists, art therapists and Clinical Associate Psychologists (CAPS). You will offer clinical supervision and work load management to members of the PTT and take a lead on managing the governance processes in place to support the clinical work.

Clinically the post holder will input into the North and West Neighbourhood Mental Health Team, based in Leominster. We emphasise the value of psychological assessment, formulation and consultation early within a service-users journey. The post holder will have experience of providing specialist individual interventions and contribute to our extensive group programme. You will help to create and sustain more co-produced psychologically and trauma informed environments, across the system of care. You will take a lead on developing service initiatives in line with key national and local priorities and with local partners.

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

The post holder will:
  • Behave consistently with and promote the values and beliefs of the organisation
  • Use their initiative, be responsible and accountable for providing a systematic psychology service, specialist psychological interventions, clinical and research supervision and training to other health and care staff as agreed with the service lead/manager.
  • Provide clinical supervision to the members of the PTT team and have delegated line management responsibility for team members.
  • Lead on work with managers and team leaders to develop services and improve quality in consultation with the service lead.
  • Participate in national and regional professional speciality meetings and seminars as appropriate
  • Monitor the targets within the adult mental health service and work to ensure we meet and maintain these targets.
  • Evaluate referrals, undertake the assessment, treatment and management of patients with psychological difficulties with a varying range of complexity and aetiology with reference to clinical need and service capacity.

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

Person Specification



  • 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/ experience 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
  • I understand that I will be asked to provide original certificates to verify my qualifications at point of offer



  • Experience required specific to the role and clinical area
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience working as a qualified Clinical/Counselling Psychologist within the relevant area
  • Experience of leading in relation to the development and organisation of psychological interventions within a given clinical 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 across range of mental health presentations, including organic illness, functional mental health, and physical health
  • 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 across the life span and care settings
  • Experience of multi-agency/ multidisciplinary working
  • Therapeutic expertise in working with carers/families/couples
  • Experience of conducting clinically relevant research


  • Experience of strategic planning and service development
  • Training and experience in specialist area of working within the clinical area

Additional Criteria


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post



  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and national guidance and their implication for clinical practice.

Skills & Abilities


  • Highly developed and effective communication skills, both oral and written, including ability to communicate complex, highly personal and sensitive information.

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


62 Etnam Street



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