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Senior Applied Psychologist

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 per annum
Closing date
28 Feb 2024

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Mental health, Psychologist
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity for an innovative and dynamic Applied Psychologist to join a well established Specialist Children and Young People in Care Team in CAMHS. We are a multi-disciplinary team with lots of experience and approaches to work with children and young people who have experienced developmental trauma and attachment difficulties. We are a team that sits within the wider Core CAMHS team and so have access to all that the Core team have to offer. If you enjoy working collaboratively and interacting with other multi agency partners, delivering high quality and innovative psychological work with children, young people with complex needs and their carers and residential units this post is ideal for you. The vacancy is a full time post to join our Children and Young People in Care Team to complete assessments and provide interventions in accordance to the formulation.

Main duties of the job

The ideal candidates will be:

Passionate about working with the children and young people seen in our Specialist Children in Care CAMH services.

Collaborative in their approach to working with children, young people, and the system around them.

Excited about the opportunity to contribute to service developments.

Keen to maximize what psychologists can deliver whilst also working with, and recognising the strengths of, the multi-disciplinary team.

Able to provide child specialty placements to the local Doctorate Psychology Courses.

About us

We are a team that prides itself on creative, innovative and evidenced based approaches to our work with service users and carers and value a supportive and reflective culture in the work environment. The team is one of four CAMHS teams in the Trust and is a large, dynamic and successful CAMHs service comprising of a broad spectrum of disciplines and a long tradition of effective multidisciplinary and interagency working.

The team offers direct therapeutic work in the form of individual therapy, and therapeutic parenting training to carers to support the attachment and trauma informed approach between the carer and child in care. The service has a comprehensive delivery model with care pathways for a wide range of mental health difficulties. We are a caring team and understand the need to care for each other in a very demanding role.

Duties of the post are varied and focus on the diversity of skill that Applied Psychologists hold.

The Service recognises the importance of receiving regular supervision and of Continued Professional Development and actively supports your training and study. We are committed to staff development through shared learning, training and peer supervision. We have excellent access to leadership training.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see Job Description and Person Specification for a full description of responsibilities and requirements.

Accountable for own professional practice in the delivery of highly specialist psychological care to children, young people and their families with highly 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 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:
  • 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



  • 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 with Chartered Status
  • oEvidence- based practice relevant to the role of working with children and young people's 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.


  • oTraining in DDP Level 1
  • oExperience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

Employer details

Employer name

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


The Gem Centre

Neachells Lane


WV11 3PS

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