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Highly Specialist Clinical/Counselling Psychologist-Eating Disorders

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 a year pro rata for part time
Closing date
26 Apr 2024
This exciting opportunity has arisen to join the CAMHS Herefordshire/Worcestershire Community Eating Disorders team, to cover maternity leave. You will be part of an integrated team, interested in leading service improvement, development and is passionate about helping young people with eating difficulties. This post can be based either in Hereford or Worcestershire, offering specialist intervention across both counties, working 37.5 hours per week. We are looking for a psychologist with clinical experience and expertise in working with children with eating disorders, providing knowledge and training in the psychological approaches and interventions, undertake assessments and formulations. You will benefit from working within a supportive and valued team of professionals, linking with other Psychologists working as part of the wider CAMHS Service. Receive high-quality supervision and appraisals with CPD, training and career progression opportunities, flexible working available

Alternative contacts:
  • Claire Middle Service Lead for Psychological Interventions (
  • Marie Tibbetts Clinical Service Manager (

This post has been deemed by the Trust as eligible for relocation expenses which will be applicable for suitable successful candidate(s). Please see attached policy for more information.

Main duties of the job

You will be required to.
  • Ensure that psychological services are based on best clinical and professional practice, in accordance with the objectives of the Trust and the Service Delivery Unit
  • Hold a specialist caseload of patients with complex needs
  • In collaboration with the Service Lead for Psychological Interventions, develop and support the implementation of psychological interventions and psychologically informed practice within the wider service

Candidates should have experience of supervising others, working with families and young people with complex emotional difficulties and skills in leadership.

This post requires the post holder to be able to undertake all mandatory training including PBM (subject to Occupational Health Clearance).

There are good links with local clinical training courses in Birmingham and Coventry & Warwick Universities, and regular opportunities to supervise trainee psychologists and contribute to training on the training courses.

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

Lead on the development of psychological provision within a specific clinical area, taking clinical responsibility as well as leadership of staff.

Undertake the assessment, treatment and management of patients referred to the Service with a varying range of severity and complexity of psychological problems and psychiatric disorders, some of which may be highly specialised. Carry a caseload of appropriate size, complexity, and severity.

Promote excellent psychological practice, provide clinical leadership promoting a service consistent with the philosophy of person-centred and evidence-based practice.

Undertake risk assessments and risk management of individuals presenting with vulnerability, self-harm and/or risk of physical, sexual, or emotional harm to others.

Act as an expert professional resource for other health professionals, responsible for regular audit, monitoring and evaluation of services provided, improving the quality of the service offered.

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


  • Related academic qualifications to masters or doctorate level



  • 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 psychological presentations and physical health conditions
  • 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


  • Able to meet the travel requirements of the post


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



  • 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
  • Experience of teaching and training psychologists on a Clinical/Counselling Psychology doctorate training course
  • Training and experience in specialist area of working within the clinical area

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, 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 literature searches, data bases, patient information systems
  • Able to project-manage changes in relation to clinical practice and/or governance and operational issues
  • Able to prioritise own work and deal with competing demands to work effectively, within a highly stressed work environment
  • 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 services

Employer details

Employer name

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust


Kings Court 1

Charles Hastings Way



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