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Principal Clinical/Counselling Psychologist - CAMHS

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year
Closing date
14 Mar 2024
We are looking for a Psychologist to join the Herefordshire and Worcestershire CAMHS service to support the care offered to children with complex emotional needs. This post would be split between the multi-disciplinary Crisis and Home Treatment Team and the CAMHS DBT Team.

We are seeking someone who is compassionate, trauma-informed and passionate about meeting the needs of children and young people with experience supporting teams in assessment, formulation and delivering psychologically informed interventions. This post would involve providing consultation, training and supervision to the CAMHS crisis and home treatment team in psychologically informed care. The successful post holder would also be a core member CAMHS DBT team offering clinical leadership, therapeutic intervention as part of the CAMHS DBT team. Ongoing training with British Isles DBT is offered with this post, in addition to CPD opportunities as part of the CAHTT CPD programme.

We have strong links to the Coventry and Warwickshire Doctorate Course and an excellent record in supporting ongoing CPD and career development for psychologists and practitioners in our service.

Main duties of the job

Worcestershire CAMHS is a multi-disciplinary team with three bases Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcestershire. In this role you would be offering county wide clinical leadership to the CAMHS team providing psychological interventions, supporting them in assessment, intervention and service development. Access to ongoing leadership development and support would be available for the successful post-holder.

Substantial experience of working in CAMHS and in supporting skills development for psychologists and CAMHS practitioners would be essential for this role.

You would be working closely with Psychologists and other senior clinical leaders and managers and offering advice, consultation and liaison with other agencies supporting young people. The service highly values care focused on the needs of the young person that is evidence based and delivered with compassion.

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

Provide clinical leadership

Take clinical responsibility and coordinate the provision of psychological interventions within a defined service area, working autonomously and using initiative.

Provide highly specialist clinical expertise, taking responsibility for yourself and the quality of the service you provide to young people and families.

Carry a clinical caseload of young people with complex difficulties and support other staff in clinical assessment, care-planning and decision making.

Support the Service Lead for Psychological Interventions in developing improvements in the provision of psychological interventions, and working collaborative with partnership agencies to facilitate an integrated approach to meeting the needs of young people.

Support professional development through supervision, teaching and MDT working, promoting an approach which values the voice of the young person and their families.

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

Person Specification



  • 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 representing psychological services in local and regional policy forums
  • Experience of influence at strategic levels within and outside the organisation
  • Experience of working within a multicultural framework
  • Experience in leading in multidisciplinary services



  • Knowledge required specific to the role and clinical area i.e. Psychological interventions for children and young people seen in a CAMHS service, including CYPs with complex emotional needs
  • Knowledge of working with a wide variety of patient groups across the full range of clinical severity and complexity, in a range of settings
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research design and methodology, including multivariate data analysis as practiced within the field of Clinical or Counselling Psychology


  • Strategic planning, development and commissioning of psychological services within and across organisation



  • 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


  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Aconbury North, Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Newtown Road



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